Singapore Biennale 2016 attracts record number of visitors

Guests viewing SONICreflection, an exhibit by Singapore sound artist Zulkifle Mahmod, at the opening of the Singapore Biennale on Oct 26, 2016.
Guests viewing SONICreflection, an exhibit by Singapore sound artist Zulkifle Mahmod, at the opening of the Singapore Biennale on Oct 26, 2016. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The fifth edition of the Singapore Biennale, which closed on Feb 26 after a four-month period, attracted a record number of more than 614,000 visitors.

This tops the last Biennale in 2013, which saw 560,349 visitors.

The numbers include ticketed admissions at the two core venues, Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and SAM at 8Q, as well as indoor admissions across other venues around the Bras Basah/Bugis precinct such as the National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House and the Singapore Management University's de Suantio Gallery.

Under the title At Atlas Of Mirrors, the Biennale featured works by 63 artists and art collectives from 19 countries and territories across South-east Asia, East and South Asia.

Says Ms Joyce Toh, curatorial co-head of the Singapore Art Museum: "We are pleased that this edition has provided the opportunity for audiences from Singapore and abroad to better understand the intersecting interests of South-east, East and South Asia through art, and to form unique perspectives of the world from the vantage point of South-east Asia."