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October 02, 2008

Visual Arts Exhibition Singapore Biennale 2008

Visual Arts Exhibition Singapore Biennale 2008

Singapore Biennale 2008 is a contemporary visual arts exhibition with more than 130 artworks by more than 60 artists from Singapore and 36 other countries and regions around the world. The National Arts Council is organizing this exhibition that carries the theme of “Wonder”. The artistic director of the Singapore Biennale is Fumio Nanjo who will be assisted by curators Joselina Cruz and Matthew Ngui.

Photo of Singapore Biennale 2008: Maggots overrun City Hall.

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Three venues were chosen to showcase their visual arts creativities. City Hall, South Beach Development and Marina Bay’s Central Promontory are the places to examine the bulk of artworks in the visual arts exhibition of the Singapore Biennale 2008.

In the words of the Singapore Biennale guidebook, “to experience wonder is to open one’s mind, to face reality and be amazed by the marvels of reality – the beauty of this world, the emotional sensations caused by it and the discovery of new truths.”

The official Singapore Biennale guide continues to extol the virtues of art, like this: “Art is becoming an important tool for a modern and well-rounded society. Public art becomes an amenity for everyday life.” Yet at the same time it tries to moderate Singaporean’s expectations: “Art has always been the platform for ideas without necessarily having a pragmatic purpose.”

So is this a useless and aimless visual arts exhibition? Should time-pressed individuals who need to multitask a hundred and one things in their lives visit the Singapore Biennale? Is this exhibition meant to show foreigners how wonderfully cultured we are in the field of the arts?

I have seen selected exhibition works at the Singapore Biennale 2008 and will share my thoughts on the art pieces later. Seen This Scene That has always been on the lookout for places of interest. The Singapore Biennale 2008 visual arts exhibition is one of those that fit my criteria.

But please do not wait for my review. Go see it for yourself to determine whether these visuals at the Singapore Biennale 2008 generate sufficient wonder for you. After all, only you can allow your own emotions to respond to the beauty of these visual exhibits.

Details on Singapore Biennale 2008

Singapore Biennale Exhibition Date:

11 September to 16 November 2008.

Singapore Biennale Exhibition Hours:
Weekdays: 11 am to 8 pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Catalogue, tickets, short guides, merchandise, information available from City Hall and South Beach Development.

Singapore Biennale Admission Charges:
Single Entry Pass $10
Each entry pass allows entry to City Hall and South Beach Development. Entry to Marina Bay site including Containart Pavilion at Central Promontory is free.

Singapore Biennale Discounts:
30% for Passion Card holders,
50% discount for Citizens above 60 and
students with valid ID

Singapore Biennale website:

Singapore Biennale Scheduled guided tours:
Conducted at City Hall and South Beach Development.

Singapore Biennale SB2008 Audio Guide by Bloomberg:
Can be downloaded as MP3s for free.
Free MP3 players with pre-loaded audio tours
available free at information counter and ticketing counters.

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