For a quick and comprehensive look at various art movements in Singapore and Southeast Asia, especially in Contemporary, Modern, New Asian and International Contemporary Art, visit the Singapore Art Museum. With world-class museum facilities, exhibitions and meaningful community outreach programmes, the Singapore Art Museum is the centrepiece of Singapore's art scene and community.
Formerly functioning as a school building (St. Joseph's Institution), the Singapore Art Museum (or SAM) houses over 7000 art pieces in its own permanent collection. SAM is a community-driven museum, where the primary goal is to promote and raise awareness of local and regional art. Showcases of various travelling art exhibits aside, the museum concurrently runs public programmes, activities and lectures to highlight rising art trends and practices. (Check out their programme guide at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/programmes for more on the latest happenings.)
The Singapore Art Museum was part of a project to develop five museums in the city. Originally known as the Fine Arts Museum, it joined the Singapore History Museum (now known as the National Museum of Singapore), Asian Civilisations Museum, People's Museum and the Children's Museum. The 11-member Fine Arts Museum Board was tasked to acquire works of art from notable painters and upcoming potential artists from Southeast Asia and East Asia. It took more than 2 years to restore the 140 year old national monument and its first art installation was a S$90,000 7m-high Swarovski crystal chandelier at the Museum main entrance. It was officially opened on January 20, 1996.
In addition to the installations and exhibits in the museum itself, the museum also frequently hosts travelling exhibitions, featuring works by Liu Kang, Chen Chong Swee, Fan Chang Tien and Leonardo Da Vinci.
SAM still resembles a school in creating exposure for both the young and the old. The Learning Gallery is one example of SAM's efforts in nurturing young visitors by exposing them to art appreciation at an early age. A host of educational programmes are set to dazzle young kinesthetic minds, from learning specific art techniques to speech and drama puppet shows. Unfortunately this is only available for school bookings.
However, the latest extension of SAM at 8Q on 8 Queen Street has been in place to house more contemporary and engaging artworks for a younger crowd.
Check out the Singapore Art Museum for a quick comprehensive and interactive guide to the art culture in the region.
Adult - $10
Student - $5
Senior citizen aged 60 and above- $5
Groups of 20 or more - 20% discount
Admission is free for visitors aged 6 years and below, Singaporean and PR senior citizens, all full-time National Service men (NSFs), students and teachers from local schools*.
Free admission to SAM every Friday from 6pm to 9pm and on Open House days.