Published on 8 March 2017

A record number of over 614,000 visitors came for the Singapore Biennale 2016. Its previous run in 2013 had 560,349 visitors.

Organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and commissioned by the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC), the Singapore Biennale 2016 took place from 27 October 2016 to 26 February 2017.

The theme of the exhibition was An Atlas of Mirrors and 63 artists and art collectives from 19 countries across Asia responded to this theme by exploring notions such as space, time, memory, nature, displacement and identity. Its venues included the National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House and the Singapore Management University’s de Suantio Gallery.

Its educational programmes and outreach activities also had high public participation, indicating an overall greater interest in contemporary art from around the region.

“We heard good buzz from visitors, media and members of the arts community…we congratulate the Singapore Art Museum on a successful 2016 edition and commend its commitment to develop a contemporary art biennale with a strong theme and focus on Southeast Asia and Singapore,” said CEO of NAC Mrs. Rosa Daniel.

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