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03 Jul 2011

Singapore Art Museum

SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM – Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

The Singapore Art Museum focuses on international contemporary art practices, specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Housed in a restored 19th century mission school, it opened its doors in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, the museum is now a contemporary art museum.

SAM has built one of the world's most critical public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary artworks, with a growing component in international contemporary art. SAM draws from its collection and collaborates with international contemporary art museums to co-curate and present contemporary art exhibitions. Visitors can extend their SAM experience through complementary and exhibition-related education and public programmes such as tours, talks, workshops, special Curator and Artist tours, as well as downloadable activity sheets.

SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

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