Once again, the Japanese curator and art critic Fumio Nanjo, who is also the head of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, will chart the direction and programming for Singapore's visual arts Biennale, as he already did in 2006. With this re-appointment, the organizers expect a greater continuity for the event, and a deepening in its reach and engagement with the city and audiences. Joselina Cruz and Matthew Ngui were appointed as co-curators.
SB2008, through its theme "Wonder," proposes to investigate the articulation and creation of marvels, riddles and illusions in our world today. The artworks in the exhibition will call on us to question and be curious; to reach beyond the surface, surpassing the apparent and to allow ourselves be surprised, awed, tantalized and challenged. All of which is an aperture to the World.
According to Fumio Nanjo, "The artworks selected or to be newly developed with the artists, will attempt to cut through the fabric of the politically and socially constructed and perceptual limits, of our world."
Overview of dates & facts:
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Duration: 11 September - 16 November 2008
Vernissage: 9 - 10 September
Presse conference, opening party on 9. Sept.
68 artists and groups
Artists' list with brief biographies
The Singapore Biennale 2008 will be concentrated in two large indoor spaces and a connecting outdoor area, all venues within walking distance:
Former host of diverse administration offices and Supreme Court. Already used for SB2006.
South Beach Development
Camp and police station from colonial times along Beach Road, opposite of the Raffles Hotel.
Works on several sites along the Bay: Singapore Flyer, Esplanade Waterfront, Fullerton Heritage Area
Pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, made of 150 shipping containers. Information center and venue of the Biennale.
The Parallel Program includes:
Art fair at the City Hall during the opening days of the biennale with 23 specially invited galleries.
Bound for Glory: Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007
Works by one of Southeast Asia's most influential artists.
Recent works by the Filipino artist.
First solo exhibition of the Argentinean artist in Asia.
Low Kee Hong
General Manager, Singapore Biennale
Singapore Biennale Secretariat
1 Coleman Street #05-06
Phone: (+65) 6837 9270
Fax: (+65) 6837 3654
Assistant Director (Corporate Communications), NAC
Tel: (+65) 6837 9575
Fax: (+65) 6837 3010
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Like in the case of the 1st Singapore Biennale, Universes in Universe will again cooperate with the organizers, accompanying the preparations of the 2nd Edition, and covering extensively the exhibition and event.
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