Singapore Art Museum Has Two Free Exhibits With Colourful Installations & Vibrant LED-Displays

Superfluous Things: Paper & Lonely Vectors at SAM

You could say that June has been great to both art lovers and IG bellwethers alike. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen everything from the Off/On Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, to i Light Singapore. I mean, on top of all that, David Beckham was in town. Have we also mentioned Pink Dot?

With all the hubbub, it’s no surprise that some quieter exhibitions have received less fanfare. Still, you won’t want to miss out on Superfluous Things: Paper and Lonely Vectors – 2 limited-time exhibits that have inconspicuously opened at the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

P.S. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs.

Superfluous Things: Paper – 5 vibrant & unique displays

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While technology seems to have taken over the world, there’s always a special place in our hearts for the good ol’ reliable medium of paper. That’s the premise of Superfluous Things: Paper, featuring 5 artworks by 9 contemporary artists.

We’re not talking just the paper cranes the lot of us used to fold in school. To see the extent to which creativity on paper can be stretched, swing by these new kids on the block, for fresh installations to ponder over with boo

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Find Land of Fairy Tales, a colourful central piece of art by Chinese artist Li Hongbo, that reimagines a map of the world in colourful swirls of borders and boundaries. Take a closer look at the abstract work and you’ll notice that each layer of paper had been painstakingly attached one at a time. 

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Bigger is usually better and we love our “larger-than-life” exhibits, no doubt. But sometimes it’s all about the little things. At Just a Little at a Time by paper sculptor Cheryl Teo, peep 80 tiny artworks smaller than our hands depicting scenes from the mundane to the wacky. 

Eccentric City – an imaginary floating city by Japanese pop artist Keiichi Tanaam.
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Other artworks include Joli Jolan, Eccentric City, and 100ish Meaningless Statements, all of which have sustainability in mind, with up to 80% of materials being paper-based. 

Additional workshops are still available for sign-ups including a paper sculpting class, My Dream Matchbox Home, that’s available on 26th June and 17th July 2022.

Superfluous Things: Paper
Date: Now until 14th August 2022
Venue: Gallery 2

Superfluous Things: Paper website

Lonely Vectors – 8 artworks, including dioramas & VR exhibits

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After you’re done with checking out Superfluous Things: Paper, wander the museum to find Lonely Vectors. The multi-sited exhibition is on its final run at SAM Tanjong Pagar Distripark with 8 quirky installations chosen just for the location. 

H For Humidity.
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Dive into artworks tied to SAM’s past as a port with works that collectively explore themes of globalisation and the economy – including Choreographies of Labour, More-than-Human Ecologies, and Heatmaps and Hotzones

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There are interactive VR exhibits, alongside video displays and dioramas folks of all ages to immerse themselves in.

Dioramas for Tanjong Rimau.
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Lonely Vectors
Date: Now until 4th September 2022
Venue: Gallery 1

Lonely Vectors website

Visit Singapore Art Museum’s new exhibitions

Sure, there are plenty of museums in Singapore. But you’ve got to admit, visiting one is always a relaxing way to spend the day. Plus they’ll be open for visits, rain or shine, so no plans have to be at the mercy of the erratic June weather. 

Visit Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark to catch these intriguing installations before their run is over.

Find out more about Singapore Art Museum’s exhibitions


Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
Price (Singapore Citizens and PR): Free
Price (Standard): $5/student and senior and $10/adult. Free for children under 6 years old.
Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily

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Cover image adapted from: @singaporeartmuseum, Singapore Art Museum

Kezia Tan

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