SAM Curve presentation – Installation in Progress – explores ideas of exhibition-making

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SAM opens a presentation titled Installation in Progress today, which explores ideas of exhibitions and exhibition-making through the lens of SAM’s own history. Using the development of the institution – from when it first opened its doors in 1996 as Singapore’s first fully dedicated art museum, to its transformation over the years in the Singapore art scene – Installation in Progress looks at why and how exhibitions are created. Installation in Progress is sited at SAM Curve at the Singapore Art Museum from 18 June to 26 August 2018.

SAM has, to date, produced over 300 exhibitions since the museum opened 22 years ago. Through a survey of these past exhibitions, the presentation reflects on exhibition-making through the eyes of the curator, the artist, and the audience. Installation in Progress features three components – a charting of the museum’s exhibition history, an interactive exhibition-planning component, and a new artwork by Singaporean artist Michael Lee specially commissioned for this presentation.

Visitors can access a reference library of SAM’s exhibition catalogues and past publications on-site, and conceptualise their own exhibitions on an interactive magnetic wall. The artwork will also be completed on-site by the artist over the span of a few weeks.

For members of the public who would like to explore further, there are workshops and specially organised talks featuring present and past SAM staff, which provides opportunities for a deeper engagement with the history of the institution.

Curated by John Tung, assistant curator at the Singapore Art Museum, Installation in Progress will run from 18 June to 26 August 2018 at SAM Curve in the Singapore Art Museum (71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 188555). For more information, please visit here

“Installation in Progress”

Installation in Progress

Dates: 18 June to 26 August 2018
Time: 10am to 7pm (Saturdays To Thursdays), 10am to 9pm (Fridays)
Venue: SAM Curve, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 188555
Admission: Free admission to SAM Curve. Standard charges apply for other Singapore Art Museum exhibitions

Installation in Progress Map

Installation in Progress

What is an exhibition? How is an exhibition made? And why do we make exhibitions?

Exhibitions are core to the life of a museum. Here, Installation in Progress focuses on exhibition-making from the perspectives of three parties: the curator, the artist and the audience.

Installation in Progress charts Singapore Art Museum’s exhibition history, presents a new artwork commission from Singaporean artist Michael Lee, and an interactive component that lets visitors try out their own exhibition plans. In doing so, the presentation surveys the spectrum of SAM’s past exhibitions, the current day and speculates on future possibilities.

Through presentations and re-presentations of a museum’s collection, artwork commissions, adaptations and loans, each exhibition also brings together a kaleidoscope of artistic lenses through which the world can be viewed anew.

Every exhibition is also ultimately brought to life by a multitude of individuals; many work behind the scenes but each leaves a trace on what is finally seen. By reflecting on the multiple dimensions of what goes into creating an exhibition, Installation in Progress seeks to uncover the spirit of creating an exhibition.

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