Time flies. The Singapore Biennale 2013/14 is drawing to a close this weekend. Admission to all Biennale venues is free from 14th to 16th February 2014. The three participating museums will open from 10am till 9pm on Friday and Saturday; and from 10am till 7pm on Sunday. Click here for the closing programmes and other details!
Have you visited any exhibition under the Singapore Biennale or at least seen a work or two by now? Say, the tipi-lookalike structure made of bamboo and called Wormhole on the front lawn of National Museum of Singapore (NMS)?
What about National Theatre @50 along Tank Road? Oh, don’t know how to get there? Take the complimentary shuttle bus looping around the five major Biennale venues in the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct, and you can walk to Waterloo Centre which is a stone’s throw away from Singapore Art Museum (SAM).
It would be too presumptuous of me to group Biennale artworks under certain topics or techniques. For instance, Payatas and The Face of the Black River that have been set up next to each other in the same gallery. Ostensibly belonging to the same theme of environment-related waste management issues, but the humans involved are different, the histories and stories of the dumping grounds are unique, and the artists’ intentions are not the same.
The days of art viewing is exclusive to the rich and famous are long gone, especially when it comes to contemporary art. Then again, the basis of visual art forms remains. You want something that’s flat and hung on the wall like a painting? Check out the three flat TVs hung on the wall at SAM’s lobby, it’s entitled The End of Art Report.
You like life-sized sculptures? We have five on the front lawn of SAM, not by Rodin or Michelangelo though. They are not only life-sized, they are alive and you can get up close with them.
Too much reading? Skip to photo gallery. Miss the remaining write-up at your own risk.
If you prefer functional art, look no farther than Forefinger, a set of nifty benches in the form of giant fingers around the ground floor of SAM (not at SAM @ 8Q as shown in the Biennale short guide). Simply appreciate the work as a creative piece of art, or find out about the poignant meaning behind it by reading the wall caption.
No one and nothing dictates how intimate you want to get along with a piece of work. I cannot teach you how to exchange vibes with the artworks because the experience is very personal. Maybe a been-there-done-that grin, a subtle nod, a sourish nose, goosebumps, a frown, laughing out loud, a wow, or a strange consolation that there is now an art piece representing your sentiment or aspiration.
To be continued. Real soon. Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery.