March 11, 2011 - Singapore Biennale - Third edition
March 11, 2011

Third edition

Third edition

SINGAPORE BIENNALE 2011 –
OPEN HOUSE

13 March–15 May 2011

161 works by 63 artists from 30 countries
to be featured Venues: Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q,
National Museum of Singapore, Old Kallang Airport,
Marina Bay

Artistic Director: Matthew Ngui
Curators: Trevor Smith and Russell Storer
Organised by: Singapore Art Museum
Supported by: National Arts Council

The third edition of the Singapore Biennale (SB2011) opens its doors to the public from 13 March to 15 May 2011. Led by Artistic Director Matthew Ngui and curators Russell Storer and Trevor Smith, SB2011 is organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) of the National Heritage Board and supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. The works are presented across four exhibition venues – SAM and SAM at 8Q, the National Museum of Singapore, the Old Kallang Airport and Marina Bay. A selection of 63 artists from 30 countries has been invited to participate this year, with a total of 161 works exhibited under the title Open House.

Open House is conceived not as a theme but as an invitation into contemporary art practices. It examines the tearing down of boundaries between the public and private, and the manner in which differences are bridged through interaction and exchanges between these thresholds. Focusing on the process of making art, SB2011 looks at these artistic journeys in relation to the daily transactions and encounters within this fluid space that straddles between communal and personal spaces. As a result, more than half the works presented are commissioned or site-specific, offering visitors the opportunity to view new work from leading artists across the world, particularly from Southeast Asia and Asia.

Names to look out for include Candice Breitz and Martha Rosler. Breitz will be presenting for the first time, her entire multi-channel video installations—Factum, in which seven sets of identical twins (and one set of identical triplets) speak candidly about their lives; while Rosler’s public garden project at the Old Kallang Airport, realised in collaboration with the local community and feminist groups, is another noteworthy work aimed at communicating particular histories and narratives of the exhibition site. Expect also the works of other artists such as Charles Sandison, Elmgreen & Dragset, Martin Creed, Phil Collins and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

As part of SAM’s efforts to build audiences for contemporary art, programmes to include the participation of youths in Singapore in the Biennale were introduced. These include Self-Portrait, Our Landscape (SPOL), the Biennale’s key year-long outreach project in which over 3000 students from over 40 primary and secondary schools had participated in, the Young Art Writers Programme, an educator’s kit as well as exhibition captions specially for young visitors.

A list of exciting activities has also been lined up for the opening weekend of the Biennale. Key highlights include a special Reception at Marina Bay on 11th March and the Official Opening and Open House Party at Old Kallang Airport on 12th March. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi’s The Merlion Hotel will be launched at the Reception, while the Open House Party opens the doors of the Old Kallang Airport, Singapore’s first civilian airport, to the public once more after more than five decades. A series of curators’ and artists’ talks will also be held on 12th and 13th March at various Biennale sites, with a total of 35 informative talks, discussions and keynote lectures, along with the Singapore Premiere of film maker Tan Pin Pin’s The Impossibility of Knowing.

A celebration of not just the artistic expressions of the various contemporary art fields, but also the originality and creativity of some of the best minds in the art scene, SB2011 opens to the public from 13 March to 15 May.

Image above:
Singapore Biennale 2011 identity created by GOTO Design.

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