Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum is the first art museum of Singapore, opened in 1996 and is known as the SAM. The museum is focused on contemporary art through evolving curatorial practice. The major part of Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to the temporary exhibits showcasing artwork of Asian and Singaporean artists. The Singapore Art Museum building was the home of St Josef's Catholic school on the Bras Basah Road. While converting into the museum’s building they focused on the structure, while keeping the artwork of the building as is.


Location

  • 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

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Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569

Tel: +65 6471 7138


Timings

  • Monday to Sunday is 10:00 - 19:00, Friday 10:00 – 21:00.


Highlights

  • This is a contemporary art museum for art practices in Singapore and Asia.
  • Singapore Art Museum conducts workshops, artist tours, talks for visitors to extend their experience.
  • Collaborate with other art museums to produce the exhibition.
  • Maintain another building on 8 Queen Street which also have the collection of contemporary artwork.


Inclusions

  • Free for the Citizens and Permanent Residence.
  • Guide
  • Still photography for Personal


Price

  • Adults (age 6+): INR 300
  • Child (age 0 - 6): Free
  • Students (with valid pass): INR 150
  • Senior Citizens (age 60 and above): INR 150


Recommended for

  • Singapore Art Museum is for the Art Lovers, educational programmes are always going on there for children and people of all ages.


How to get to Singapore Art Museum

Located at 71 Bras Basah Road

MRT:  From Bras Basah MRT Station is a 2-minute walk, 10-minute walk from the Dhoby Ghaut, Bugis MRT Stations

BUS: Board the bus no. 7, 14, 77,171,502,700 to there

CAR: The museum does not provide car parking facility. You can come here via Singapore Management University, Queen-street, Waterloo Street.


About Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum is the first art museum of Singapore, opened in 1996 and is known as the SAM. The museum is focused on contemporary art through evolving curatorial practice. The major part of Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to the temporary exhibits showcasing artwork of Asian and Singaporean artists. The Singapore Art Museum building was the home of St Josef's Catholic school on the Bras Basah Road. While converting into the museum’s building they focused on the structure, while keeping the artwork of the building as is. 

The 140-year-old Singapore Art Museum’s building opened along with four more museums, Singapore history museum, People’s museum, Asian civilization, and children’s museum. Those are the initiatives taken by the National Museum. The first artwork by the museum took three months to build. It was a 23 feet height Swarovski crystal chandelier weighing 325 Kg. This was placed at the main entrance of the museum.  

The Singapore Art Museum keeps changing the artwork every few months. SAM is the place where you will find a variety of artwork from moving media, eye-catching sculptures to installation of artwork and different type of traditional paintings.

The Singapore Art Museum collaborates with international museums for shows that cover both artworks and define the artwork of various artists from the world by producing exhibitions such as the collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo for Trans-cool TOKYO. 

The Singapore Art Museum organizes different events and interactive exhibitions at their gallery like Singapore Biennale back in February, Imaginarium: to the ends of the earth in 2017. In that art exhibition, the world of Wonderland took to the childhood days with the installation of hanging mobiles, spinning lanterns, with the jungle printing teepee tents. Visitors could make their own terrariums, natural cleaning solutions. 

The upcoming events exhibition at SAM are, Imaginarium: Into the Space-Time, this is the 8th edition of family-friendly exhibition and the Asia Pacific breweries foundation Signature Art Prize 2018. This is the 4th edition of the Art Price to give a spotlight at the most compelling and complex artwork with the Art Prize of worth SGD 100,000 with SGD 60,000 for the Price winner and SGD 15,000 each for the two Jurors award winners. SGD 10,000 award for the public choice which is chosen by on-site public voting.

The recently placed artworks in The Singapore Art Museum was The Blind, Crowd of Bystanders, See Slab, status, the fire of the year and many more. An Archaeology Investigation was conducted on SAM’s building vicinity to reveal the history of the building because the Bras Basah area was the prison settlement in the 19th century.

SAM will be closing for a major revamp to create a ‘double- volume' spaces for the large art installation. This will cost S$90 million to the Singapore Government who will be raising the funding for this revamp.


Interesting facts about The Singapore Art Museum

  • The Singapore Art Museum provides international standard facilities and programs.
  • Art Museum's building was a Catholic School in the 19th century.
  • It was established by the National Museum, to set up total five museums in the City
  • From 2011 the museum started accepting donation from various artists.
  • The Singapore Art Museum is the organizer of Singapore Biennale.
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