SINGAPORE – Singapore Artwork Museum (SAM) has opened its new area at Tanjong Pagar Distripark (TPD) in Keppel Street, marking extra than simply an extension of its premises in Bras Basah.
Minister for Tradition, Neighborhood and Youth Edwin Tong referred to the brand new area as a part of SAM’s “disappearing museum idea, the place you see much more of the works and a bit much less of the partitions”.
Talking at a gap ceremony on Thursday, Mr Tong added that with SAM as an anchor tenant of TPD, the realm will develop into a brand new “arts and tradition cluster”.
No less than three new tenants have opened lately on the distripark: artwork gallery 39+ Arts House, artwork advisory Artwork Agenda, and artwork public sale home 33 Auctions.
Mr Tong mentioned SAM at TPD not solely represents the event of visible arts in Singapore, however can also be a big milestone “for the presentation of artwork experiences in surprising and on a regular basis areas”.
Basically a warehouse area, SAM at TPD spans 3,000 sq m on two flooring – Ranges 1 and three. It is going to even be the brand new house to SAM’s artist residency programme.
On the potential of the big galleries with excessive ceilings, Dr Eugene Tan, director of SAM, mentioned: “This expansive area permits us to showcase large-scale works and installations – from experimental, multidisciplinary artwork to multi-sensorial family-friendly exhibitions.”
“The artists are scary us to assume,” he added.
One of many museum’s inaugural highlights is an set up by Thailand-born and United States-based artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, titled A Machine Boosting Vitality Into The Universe, which turns the gallery right into a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Central to it’s a video fantasy created by the artist with social and religious themes.
The distripark additionally performs host to a number of occasions which might be a part of Singapore Artwork Week (SAW), which runs this 12 months from Jan 14 to 23.
On Stage 5 of SAM at TPD, 4 artwork collectives which participated in SAW’s Open Name will current work individually.
S.E.A Focus, a serious SAW artwork exhibition, options greater than 150 artworks from 50 artists and 24 galleries from the area, with about 80 per cent of artworks mentioned to be new.
Mr Tong, who can also be Second Minister for Legislation, famous that the primary version of SAW in 2013 opened with solely about 50 occasions, whereas this 12 months’s version has greater than 130 occasions. He lauded the SAW imaginative and prescient for its “activated, engaged and united visible arts ecosystem”.