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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


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


by Mella Jaarsma


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

by Geraldine Javier


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


by Xing Danwen


Paradise Danger Dancer
by Jeremy Hiah


Fire of the Year
by Vandy Rattana


By Kow Leong Kiang


by Vibha Galhotra


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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