Cover image: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Two Planets, Manet's Luncheon on the Grass and the Thai farmers (detail), 2008, video 16 minutes, Singapore Art Museum collection Photography on pages 6, 15, 41, and 46 (bottom image) are courtesy of Werkz Photography.
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Contents About SAM
About SAM The mission of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is to preserve and promote contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. Opened in January 1996 as a museum under the National Heritage Board of Singapore, SAM has amassed one of the world’s largest public collections of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks, with a growing component in international contemporary art. Since 2009, SAM has focused its programming and collections development initiatives around contemporary Southeast Asian art and art practices. Through strategic alliances with arts and cultural institutions and community organisations, SAM facilitates visual arts education, exchange, research and development within the region and internationally. SAM is also the organiser of the Singapore Biennale 2011.
SAM Board (until 30 July 2011) Chair Ms. Jane Ittogi | Partner, Shook Lin & Bok LLP Members Ms. Audrey Wong | Programme Leader, MA Arts & Cultural Management School of Integrated Studies, LASALLE College of the Arts Dr. George Quek | Chairman, BreadTalk Group Limited Mr. Kenneth Choe | Executive Director, Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Dr. Kwok Kian Woon | Associate Professor, Associate Chair (Academic) and Head, Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University Mr. Qi Yu Wu | MediaCorp Artist, MediaCorp Raintree Pictures Mr. Quek Tse Kwang | Partner, RT & Q Architects Mr. Ronny C T Tan | Chief Country Officer and General Manger, Deutsche Bank AG Mr. Suhaimi Sukiyar | Chairman, APAD Youth Development & Programmes, Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya (Association of Artists of Various Resources) Mr. Wee Teng Wen | Founder and Principle Partner, The Lo & Behold Group Pte Ltd Dr. Winston Ang Wee Kern | Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Director's Message We bade a fond farewell to Singapore Biennale 2011: Open House and SAM flagship exhibition Negotiating Home, History and Nation as they drew to a close in the last quarter. These two high profile events had set the stage for the kind of contemporary art that SAM seeks to present - cutting-edge, thoughtprovoking, yet centred on the here and now, firmly rooted and rooting for the contemporary art of the Southeast Asian region. Many people in Singapore remain curious about contemporary art and with the rising tide of Asian artists, there are also those who want to know more about Southeast Asia's