S’pore Art Museum with Cafe is now open at Tanjong Pagar Distripark next to Industrial Shipping Port – Mothership.SG

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The Singapore Art Museum opens on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Block 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

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And it will be free for everyone for the whole month until February 14, 2022.

What’s up: The museum known as SAM has a new space that spans over 3,000 m² over two floors.

The location: SAM does not have a regular museum facade as it is housed in an industrial building surrounded by a mix of regular industrial tenants.

The new SAM is right next to Tanjong Pagar Terminal, one of Singapore’s seaports.

On the other side of the road is the now defunct railway station.

The area is the usual place of work for many blue-collar workers and salty sea dogs that make Singapore the hub of commerce.

What’s inside: Two galleries and a multipurpose space on the first floor.

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There will also be a 20-seat cafe bookshop by Epigram Bookshop and Balestier Market Collective ready by mid-2022.

The cafe overlooks the harbour.

A pop-up experience is planned for Singapore Art Week from January 14 to 23, 2022.

Museum offices and a residence area are on the third floor.

Why the new space: The SAM buildings in Bras Basah have undergone major renovations, which will not be completed until at least 2026.

What to expect

Main exhibition: Refuse

Topic: On music and mushrooms, the legal genre, such as lingzhi.

Through: Local experimental group The Observatory.

What: Mushrooms make music when they emit carbon dioxide and other gases.

This occurs because fungal emissions are transmittable signals that serve as input that can be sensed in real time through sensitive equipment, and the process is otherwise known as the generation, capture, storage and communication of data, however random and disorganized as they are. – but nevertheless, actualizes as a phenomenon dependent on the observer.

So instead of the band consciously involving themselves in artistic composition, their hands-off approach and lack of agency now in generating sound through organic means allows them to focus on decomposition. Geddit?

If you don’t, that’s okay, because there are plenty of Instagrammable spots for you to broadcast your fleeting intimate moments to your audience.

Because SAM is a great place for fun guys and fun girls who love art, right? #mushrooms #fungal

Why: To mark the 20th anniversary of the experimental art rock outfit.

What else to expect

Another exhibit: Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai has created a post-apocalyptic world of electronics, car parts and clothing.

And another show: Malaysian artist Gan Siong King has created a video essay that incorporates memes and his daily work as a music technician.

The benches vibrate as part of the artwork, so feel free to sit on them.

Residents of the museum: Chu Hao Pei, Salty Xi Jie Ng, and Johann Yamin are using the project space on the third floor as part of the museum’s pilot residency program.

Singapore Art Week (SAW) kicks off

SAM’s opening is part of Singapore Art Week (SAW), which returns from January 14-23, 2022 with over 130 events across the island.

The annual Visual Arts Week, now in its 10th year, is a joint initiative of the National Arts Council and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Where to find SAM

SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Price (Jan. 14 to Feb. 14, 2022): Free for all

Price (from February 15, 2022): Free for Singapore residents and PRs

S$5 for student and senior tickets

S$10 for adult standard tickets

Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Website: SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

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