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  1. Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
    Photograph: Singapore Art Museum
  2. Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
    Photograph: Singapore Art Museum
  3. Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
    Photograph: Singapore Art Museum

Time Out says

When Singapore Art Museum first opened in 1996, it was the first art museum in Singapore. Housed in a former Catholic boys' school, it exhibited intimate, Southeast Asian contemporary art shows in its small, unusual and hidden gallery spaces. Now at a new location in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore Art Museum continues to be a prime stop for 20th-century Asian visual art, often drawn from the museum's own collection of Southeast Asian 'pioneer' art. 


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Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of AI

What does it mean to be human? Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of AI dives into the question. The exhibition will be housed at their newly opened space on Level 3.  In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is all the talk, our identities as humans become diluted and blurred. This exhibition explores this by presenting a collection of artwork from both local and global artists, unveiling experimental projects that employ digital mediums, including AI-generated imagery, as well as biometric and genomic data. These artworks encourage us to reflect how technology has unknowingly become a part of our everyday lives. Photograph: Singapore Art MuseumInstallation view of Cécile B. Evans' 'Hyperlinks or It Didn't Happen' (2014) Award-winning Belgian-American artist Cécile B. Evans will unveil a compelling trilogy of films delving into the quest for life's purpose. Additionally, artists Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Annika Kuhlmann will present video pieces that delve into the intricate connection between contemporary art and individual authenticity. Other distinctive artworks here include a captivating series of photographs by William Wiebe. In these, facial features sourced from passports and identity cards found on the dark web are digitally blended using passport counterfeiting techniques, creating a unique juxtaposition with the photograph of former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Singapore

Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger

In Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger, Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen will showcase eight major installations throughout galleries 1 and 2 at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). Co-organised by SAM and the Art Sonje Center (ASJC), this exhibition marks the first mid-career overview dedicated to Ho's artistic journey spanning the last two decades. This exhibition traces the footprints of tigers in Asia, from the time they freely roamed the continent to the existential threat of today. Tigers also held varied symbolic meanings across different eras, representing power during the Japanese invasion of Southeast and East Asia and acting as a connection between humans and ancestral memory for the Malays. Through the exploration of tigers, Ho delves into the concept of time, viewing it not as a linear progression but as a multi-dimensional matrix shaped by cultural, ecological, and historical influences. He shares, “Essentially, T for Time is a collection of many anecdotes about time, and it comes from different historical moments and cultures, but it makes no claim to be universal. In the end, the work still became a subjective work, rooted very much in my specific moment, in my specific trajectory.” Find out more about the exhibition here.

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