The International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

NAC adopts a multi-pronged approach to promote and profile Singapore’s arts and artists overseas. Singapore’s participation at the International Art Exhibition is an extension of this commitment.

As the world’s oldest and one of the most important non-commercial platforms to showcase contemporary art, the International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia is a premier platform to showcase Singapore’s visual artists to the world, and connect them with their international peers.

Singapore has been participating in the Art Biennale since 2001. Following a review in 2013, Singapore returned to the platform with a dedicated Singapore Pavilion sited at the newly-restored space in the Sale d’Armi building at the Arsenale, Venice, Italy. This is the first time that the Singapore Pavilion has secured a historic Arsenale site on a long term lease for twenty years.

This long term commitment is in line with NAC’s belief that Singapore’s participation in Venice will contribute to raising Singapore’s profile as an emerging centre in Asia for artistic production and research. La Biennale di Venezia is also an important platform that will allow our artists and curators to participate in discourses and dialogues with the global arts community and open up avenues for future exchanges and collaborations with others in the international arts community.

About the Singapore Pavilion

The Singapore Pavilion is a 250 sqm space in a complex of buildings called the Sale d’Armi, which is centrally located and easily accessible within the Arsenale, a key site in Venice. The Sale d’Armi complex is a cluster of four 16th century barracks built with brick and stone, each with a wooden roof. It lies opposite the intersection between the long Corderie and Artiglierie buildings, where the main central square of the Arsenale is situated.

 

 

Artist Song-Ming Ang and Curator Michelle Ho

Singapore at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Marking Singapore's ninth participation in the Biennale since 2001, multidisciplinary artist Song-Ming Ang and curator Michelle Ho will present an exhibition titled Music for Everyone: Variations on a Theme for the Singapore Pavilion. The work extends Ang's practice of using music as a platform to explore ideas of public involvement and the various ways people relate to music, both individually and as a society. Deriving its title from a series of concerts organised by Singapore's then-Ministry of Culture in the 1970s to 80s to encourage public appreciation of the arts, the presentation will span various media, drawing from experimental music practices and the spirit of amateurism to establish a counterpoint to the state-driven vision of Music for Everyone.

 

Established in 1895, the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is the most established international contemporary art event and widely regarded as the most significant. 

 

 

Exhibition Details
Title: Music for Everyone: Variations on a Theme
Artist: Song-Ming Ang
Curator: Michelle Ho
Dates: 11 May – 24 November 2019
Location:

Singapore Pavilion

Arsenale – Sale d’Armi

Campo della Tana 2169/F 

Venice, Italy

 

 

History of Singapore’s Participation

Edition Year Artist(s) Curator(s)
58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2019 Song-Ming Ang Michelle Ho
57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2017 Zai Kuning -
56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2015 Charles Lim Shabbir Hussain Mustafa
54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2011 Ho Tzu Nyen June Yap
53th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2009 Ming Wong Tang Fu Kuen
52th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2007 Zulkifle Mahmod, Jason Lim, Vincent Leow, Da Wu Tang Lindy Poh
51th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2005 Lim Tzay Chuen  Eugene Tan 
50th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2003 Tan Swie Hian, Francis Ng, Heman Chong Low Sze Wee

 

Open Call: Singapore Pavilion Ambassadors Programme

The National Arts Council is seeking individuals to apply for a six and a half week Ambassadors Programme at the Singapore Pavilion. The exhibition period will be divided into 5 periods of approximately 6 weeks each.

 

The selected Ambassadors will be provided with accommodation and a stipend from the Council to subsidise living costs in Venice during their time there. Roundtrip airfare to Venice will not be covered by the Council and will be at the Ambassador's own expenses.

 

Please find application form here.

 

Application closes 28 NOV 2018, 5:00pm (GMT +8)