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Building a National Contemporary Art Collection

Like the region itself, contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia is diverse, dynamic and multifaceted, possessing its own distinctive aesthetics and artistic traditions shaped by different approaches to art-making and practices. With this in mind, SAM has been building a stellar collection of contemporary Southeast Asian art. SAM’s acquisitions policy devotes 80% of funds to Southeast Asian art, and the remaining 20% to the wider Asian region, such as China, India, Korea and Japan to provide a broader cultural context for the core collection.

An artwork is acquired for its artistic merits and innovation, as well as what it may reveal or reflect of wider developments in art and society. The artists represented in the SAM collection fall into three broad groups: the ‘pioneering’ contemporary artists or ones associated with avant-garde practices, mid-career artists, and emerging practitioners. Through its acquisition policy and continued funding support from the government, individuals and corporate donors, SAM is able to include iconic works of art in its collection, encourage artists to create important new works through artist commissions and showcase the best in contemporary art from the region.

Recent Acquisitions
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Sea-slab (Tight Bed)
by Jeremy Sharma

   

Series 1 & 2
by Zai Kuning

   

Cloud Nine
by Sakarin Krue-On

   

Electricity
by :phunk Studio

   

The Blind
by Robert Zhao

   

He's Satisfied from Monday to Friday
and on Sundays He Loves to Cry

by Chun Kaifeng

   

The Last Judgement in Cyberspace
by Miao Xiaochun

   

Shaggy
by Mella Jaarsma

   

Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente y
Fue Correspondida
(For She Loved Fiercely,
And She is Well Loved)

by Geraldine Javier

   

Circle
by Sima Salehi

   

Mang Emo + Mag-himo Grand Piano Project
by Alwin Reamillo

   

Dear Cai Xiong
(A Letter From Ho Ho Ying, 1972)

by Cheo Chai Hiang

   

The Western Light No. 1
by Natee Utarit

   
 

White Elephant Expostulation
by Tang Mun Kit

   

Crowd of Bystanders
by Zhou Xiaohu

   

DisCONNEXION
by Xing Danwen

   

Paradise Danger Dancer
by Jeremy Hiah

   

Fire of the Year
by Vandy Rattana

   

Untitled
By Kow Leong Kiang

   

Neo-Camouflage
by Vibha Galhotra

   

Status
by Jane Lee

   

The Farmers & The Helicopters
by Dinh Q. Lê

   

I Want To Live Another Thousand Years
by Agus Suwage

   

Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame
by Suzann Victor

   

Imagination Sphere
by Nge Lay

   

Sulu Stories
by Yee I-Lann

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