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Yaacob Ibrahim, Communications

Yaacob defends Biennale decision

Published on Sep 11, 2012 1:51 PM
The Cloud Of Unknowing, an installation video work created by film-maker Ho Tzu Nyen for the opening of the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last year. Singapore will not take part in next year’s show. -- PHOTO: RUSSELL MORTON/NAC

SINGAPORE will not set up a pavilion at next year's Venice Biennale, as it wants to see whether the cost of participating is worth its while.

Despite the millions of dollars spent, only "a handful of artists and curators" have benefited from past shows, said Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Yaacob Ibrahim, as he defended the decision to pull out of the world's most prestigious visual art show.

Instead, the Government will continue to support individual artists who are invited by the biennale's curated section, he added.

Singapore has taken part in the Venice Biennale six times since 2001, spending an average of over $750,000 each year.

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