The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a contemporary art museum which focuses on art-making and art thinking in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia, encompassing a worldwide perspective on contemporary art practice. SAM advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Since it opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes, and to deepen every visitor’s experience. These include outreach and education, research and publications, as well as cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges.
SAM occupies two buildings: the old St Joseph’s Institution on Bras Basah Road, built in 1855 and now a National Monument; and SAM at 8Q, a conservation building across the road on Queen Street that was the old Catholic High.
In 2011, SAM was the venue organiser of the Singapore Biennale, becoming the main organiser in 2013. SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013, operating under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. It is no longer part of the National Heritage Board. To find out more, visit www.singaporeartmuseum.sg
Current exhibitions – Photos / Media Release
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, symbolising a young nation on the rise and its capacity to dream big and think large. It focuses on themes of adventure, discovery, new possibilities and ‘Big Ideas’. This exhibition runs from 14th March 2015 to 19th July 2015
Once Upon This Island explores the stories and the lives that surround us on this island-nation. The exhibition presents a series of contemporary works by Singapore artists that navigate ideas of home, community, identity and memories, to coincide with Singapore Jubilee celebrations in 2015. This exhibition opens on 7 November 2014.
After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art is Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition that examines humanity’s eternal yearning for a better world. This exhibition runs from the 1 May 2015 – 18 October 2015