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1st Singapore Biennale
4 September - 12 November 2006


Großer Biennale-Rundgang

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Almost all artists: photos, information, videoclips

Singapore Biennale 2006: Belief
Special by Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art

In-Depth Tour



In-Depth Tour of the Biennale
Tour through the 16 exhibition venues with lots of information. We show 126 artworks of 92 participants, ca. 320 photos and 25 videoclips.

Two additional exhibition tours:

Telah Terbit (Out Now)
South East Asian Art Practices During the 1970s, Singapore Art Museum

The Second Dance Song
Young Singaporean artists at the Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts


Der Biennale-Komplex


The Biennale Complex
With organizers and curators of Biennales. Organized by: ifa (Germany), AICA-Section Singapore, Universes in Universe, ICA Lasalle-SIA.

See also:

Various venues


Singapore City Tour
Photo tour through the city

Opening day
Photos: Press conference, opening party

Events before and during the Biennale

About the Biennale's theme and concept:

Fumio Nanjo

Fumio Nanjo


Roger McDonald, Sharmini Pereira, Eugene Tan

Roger McDonald
Sharmini Pereira
Eugene Tan


Low Kee Hong

Low Kee Hong




The theme of Singapore’s first visual arts Biennale SB2006 revolves around the concept of "Belief". According to the organizers: "If today’s world has painfully called into question many certainties governing society, history and humankind, can it also be described as an era of uncertainty in which the very subject of belief is in question? In the context of this so-called crisis of values, what do we individually and collectively believe in? Do we act on our beliefs or is belief simply a mindless act? Are the religious beliefs communicated by the great faiths more relevant than the secular beliefs in science, progress, democracy and politics that succeeded them? Or has the conflict between the two spawned such states of violent and ethical extremism in the service of religious and economic power that belief in anything appears incomprehensible? Are we beyond belief or at the threshold of its revival?" (Press release, 1.12. 2005)

Through a selection of international contemporary art practices, SB2006 aims to address the complexities that surround and inform some of these questions, also examining aspects of belief in relation to the system of art itself and the inherent values of contemporary art.

The artistic director, the renowned Japanese curator and art critic Fumio Nanjo, and his curatorial team have conceived a Biennale for diverse venues, including museums, religious spaces, public institutions and disused buildings. The pathway of the audience across the city is part of the concept, providing an insight into one of the unique features that characterize Singapore as a multi-cultural society, where many beliefs co-exist alongside one other. Some of the venues also provide points of departure for a critical reflection on the role of architecture in the construction of belief and ideology.

SB2006 coincides with "Singapore 2006: Global City. World of Opportunities", where Singapore plays host to the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group. The Annual Meeting is an important forum for international cooperation where representatives of the 184 member countries unite to discuss the course of global economic development and challenges facing the world today.


Organized by

National Arts Council Singapore (NAC)



in partnership with

National Heritage Board (NHB)



Low Kee Hong
General Manager, Singapore Biennale

Singapore Biennale Secretariat
The Adelphi
1 Coleman Street #05-06
Singapore 179803

Tel.: (+65) 6837 9270
Fax: (+65) 6837 3654

Email: info@singaporebiennale.org

Website: www.singaporebiennale.org


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>> Dates & Facts
Overview of information

4 September -
12 November 2006

1 - 3 September 2006

Theme: Belief
see the interviews with
Fumio Nanjo
Lee Suan Hiang
Low Kee Hong

Artistic Director:
Fumio Nanjo

Curatorial team:
Roger McDonald
Eugene Tan
Sharmini Pereira

95 participants
List of artists including access to the works

official website

official website



The facts have been compiled from information of the organizer and other sources. We do not assume responsibility regarding the correctness of this information. See the Disclaimer.
Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder, Universes in Universe