Lifestyle: Singapore Biennale 2013


Looking for somewhere to go for your weekend date apart from the usual suspects? (Orchard Road, Tiong Bahru move over!) Look no further, as Singapore’s premier contemporary art show — the Singapore Biennale — is back from 26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014!

This year, a team of 27 curators from all over Southeast Asia came together to put together a show that is centred on the theme of If the World Changed. The theme was inspired by the ebb and flow of cultural interactions Southeast Asia has seen throughout history, no thanks to our geographical location, which serves as a link between the East and the West. This sense of rapid transformation and change has carried forward to today, and this year’s Singapore Biennale hopes to evoke us to reconsider the world we live in, and the worlds we want to live in. A total of 82 established and emerging artists from the region responded to this theme through their works.

Visitors can look forward to experiencing performance works by artists such as Sharon Chin (Malaysia) and Lee Wen (Singapore); paintings by artists such as Tan Wei Kheng (Malaysia) and Leslie de Chavez (Philippines); video works by Manny Montelibano (Philippines), Nguyen Trinh Thi (Vietnam) and Khvay Samnang (Cambodia); sculptures by Tran Nam (Vietnam) as well as installation works by Shieko Reto (Malaysia), Nge Lay (Myanmar), Joo Choon Lin (Singapore), Leroy Sofyan (Singapore) and Oscar Villamiel (Philippines).

Instead of being exhibited in one single place, visitors can view the show at the many museums and cultural institutions located in the Brash Basah Bugis precinct. Some of the venues include: Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Fort Canning Park, National Library Board, Singapore Management University and Waterloo Centre. (Psst, you can admire artworks for free at the latter four locations!)

If that doesn’t make for a fulfilling weekend of exploring and taking in beautiful art, we don’t know what does! For more information on the show and the list of artists, visit the Singapore Biennale website.