Recently I visited the Singapore Biennale 2016: Atlas of Mirrors.
It’s on till february 26th in 7 locations, although most of the art can be found at SAM and SAM at Q8. Which are the two museums that I went to.
Singapore Biennale 2016 – Atlas of Mirrors
This year’s theme in short:
From where are we, how do we picture the world – and ourselves?
Where navigational tools enable us to set our sights further afield, one instrument in particular – the mirror – brings us into that which is still so mysterious: the self.
How will a coupling of atlas and mirror shape the way we view the world?
58 Artists from 19 countries show their reflections on the above questions and theme.
What not to miss at Singapore Biennale 2016
Taste, so also taste in art, is -ofcourse- subjective.
In all subjectiveness, allow me to be your curator for a moment…
I’m sharing with you my 10 favorites from the SAM plus 2 favorites that you’ll find at SAM at Q8.
In random order:
- Paracosmos – Harumi Yukutake (Japan)
- Desert Islands – Map Office (Hong Kong)
- Growing – Hemali Bhuta (India)
- I wander, I wonder – Dex Fernandez (The Philippines)
- One has to wander through All the Outer Worlds to Reach the Innermost Shrine at the End – Qiu Zhije
- Karagatan (The Breadth of Oceans) – Gregory Halili (The Philippines)
- Aftermath – Pannaphan Yodmanee (Thailand)
- History repeats itself – Titarubi (Indonesia)
- Noah’s Garden II – Deng Guoyuan (China)
- Locus Amoenus – Ryan Villamael (The Philippines)
At SAM at Q8:
- Putar Alam Cafe – Azizan Paiman (Malaysia)
- Sugoruko – Anxiety of falling from history – Nobuaki Takekawa (Japan)
Take your time!!!
I was offered to turn my one day pass into a three day pass for some more dollars. Since I’m heading back to Holland soon, I turned down this option. But otherwise I think it’s a very good deal that I surely would have taken.
There are some Chinese movies in the Biennale that I would have loved to see and there are many art works that are chock-filled with information .
You can easily come back several times and still be entertained.
Good art never grows old
Previous editions of Singapore’s Biennale showed interesting art too. Check out these articles:
- Singapore Biennale 2013 part 1
- Singapore Biennale 2013 part 2
- Singapore Biennale 2013 part 3
- Singapore Biennale 2013 final article
- Singapore Biennale 2011
Did you visit this year’s Biennale? Which art works are your favorites? And if you haven’t, which of the ones I showed you appeal the most to you?