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Michael Lee, Office Orchitect, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. From Singapore Biennale 2011.

Singapore Biennale 2011

Various Venues

Michael Lee, Office Orchitect, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable. From Singapore Biennale 2011.

The Third Singapore Biennale, titled “Open House” and organized by curators Trevor Smith and Russell Storer under the creative direction of Matthew Ngui, attempted to delineate concepts of home and process within artistic practice. As an exhibition, it evinced a decidedly populist bent: Much of the work installed at the biennial’s five venues—the Singapore Art Museum and its satellite sam at 8Q, the National Museum of Singapore, the Old Kallang Airport, and Marina Bay—felt familiar, purportedly attempting to offer a broad view of global art for local audiences, with catalogue texts and press materials making reference to a pervasive but nebulous “fear” of contemporary art. Predictably, projects responding directly to these ideas were given prime placement; unfortunately, these also constituted some of the flatter statements. Tatzu Nishi opened The Merlion Hotel, 2011,

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