If you’ve missed the iconic Singapore Art Museum (SAM) at Bras Basah, fret not, because the museum has now opened its doors at Block 39 Tanjong Pagar Distripark. The former is undergoing renovations and is slated to reopen in 2026.
So you might be wondering, “how different is this museum?” Well, we’re here to tell you that it is definitely unlike any other.
SAM officially opened on 14 January 2022, in tandem with Singapore Art Week, which runs from 14 to 23 January 2022. Admission is free for all visitors until 14 February 2022 for all exhibits.
The museum debuts its new location with showcases by local experimental band The Observatory and collectives by its resident artists alongside international artists like Korakrit Arunanondchai and Gan Siong King.
Refuse by The Observatory brings visitors into an immersive world of music, mushrooms, and decomposition — exploring the band’s interest in fungi and mycelial networks from biological and musical perspectives.
Gallery 2 is home to visual artist, filmmaker, and storyteller, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe, reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic environment.
It sees the coming together of craft and industrial modes of production, advanced technologies, and spiritual beliefs, beckoning visitors to be in communion not just with each other, but also with machines and ghosts.
Heading over to the Engine Room, where you will find My Video Making Practice by Malaysian artist, Gan Siong King.
The exhibit features two of his works, Kecek Amplifier Bersama Nik Shazwan (2019) and My Video Making Practice (2021), as well as specially-designed benches made in collaboration with researchers at Singapore Institute of Technology. They make use of low-frequency vibrations to accompany high-frequency audio from the video works, making for an all surround sound viewing experience.
Hop on one of the cargo lifts to the upper floors where you will be able to view showcases exclusive to Singapore Art Week. A treat for the senses indeed.
Before you leave
On your way out, stop by the bookshop by Epigram Books for some souvenirs and grab yourself a cuppa at the cafe, helmed by Balestier Market Collective.
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
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📍 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
🕒 10am–7pm (Daily)
💰 Free Admission (until 14 February 2022), For visits after 14 February, standard rates apply.
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