31 October, 2008

Singapore Biennale 2008

the 2nd Singapore Biennale is still open until 16 November.


The Japanese curator and art critic Fumio Nanjo, currently director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, was already the artistic director of the 1st Singapore Biennale in 2006. He is also in charge of the Biennale's second edition, with Joselina Cruz and Matthew Ngui as co-curators.

Theme "Wonder"

Through its theme "Wonder," the SB2008 investigates the articulation and creation of marvels, riddles and illusions in our world today. The artworks in the exhibition call the visitors to question and be curious; to reach beyond the surface, surpassing the apparent; and to be surprised, awed, tantalized and challenged.

According to Fumio Nanjo, the artworks selected or newly developed with the artists, attempt to cut through the fabric of the politically and socially constructed and perceptual limits of our world.

>> Biennial Tour
Almost the whole exhibition: artworks by 65 artists, including aprox. 150 photos, 15 video clips, maps, lots of information

Overview of dates & facts:
Print version - including all the information

Duration: 11 September - 16 November 2008

68 artists and groups
Artists' list with brief biographies and direct access to their works in the Biennale

Exhibition venues
The Singapore Biennale 2008 is concentrated in two large indoor spaces, a specially constructed temporary pavilion, and the public space of the city:

Containart Pavilion
Pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, made of 150 shipping containers.

City Hall
Former host of diverse administration offices and Supreme Court. Already used for SB2006.

South Beach Development
Camp and police station from colonial times along Beach Road, opposite of the Raffles Hotel.

Public space
Singapore Flyer and Esplanade Bridge at Marina Bay, Raffles City, Suntec City.

The Parallel Program includes:

Art fair at the City Hall during the opening days of the biennale with 23 specially invited galleries.

Bound for Glory: Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007
Works by one of Southeast Asia's most influential artists.

Ronald Ventura
Recent works by the Filipino artist.

Archives & Desires
Selections from the Mohammad Din Mohammad Collection.

The Artists Village
A review of the artists' movement at its 20th anniversary.

8Q-Rate: School
Inaugural exhibition of 8Q sam: 8 curators worked with 8 artists exploring the theme of "school".

Guillermo Kuitca
First solo exhibition of the Argentinean artist in Asia.

No Wonder
Exhibitions and performances at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Indonesian Triple Bill
Dr Oei Hong Djien's collection, Entang Wiharso and Nasirun.

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