CONTEMPORARY ART EVENTS SOUTHEAST ASIA
Since its closure 66 years ago, what lied inside Kallang Airport in Singapore had been a mystery to the city’s residents and visitors alike. For the duration of the Singapore Biennale 2011 (13 March to 15 May), the airport has been reopened, transformed into an exhibition venue and renamed Old Kallang Airport.
This historical venue sees 32 of the 63 total Biennale artists from all over the world coming together to exhibit in the East Block, Garden, West Block, Hangar and Terminal Building . The venue presents work by the greatest number of artists when compared with any of the other Biennale exhibition sites spread across Singapore: the Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, the National Museum of Singapore and Marina Bay.
The artists housed in Old Kallang Airport include Song-Ming Ang, Leonor Antunes, Michael Beutler, Genevieve Chua, Phil Collins, Martin Creed, Elmgreen and Dragset, Ceal Floyer (also at SAM at 8Q), Sheela Gowda, Kyungah Ham, Leopold Kessler (also at National Museum of Singapore), Charles LaBelle, Michael Lee (Hong Hwee), Charles Lim, Michael Lin, John Low, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Robert MacPherson, Jill Magid (also at National Museum of Singapore), Dane Mitchell, Tracey Moffatt, Mike Nelson, Rubén Ramos Balsa, Lisi Raskin, Martha Rosler, Arin Rungjang, Charles Sandison, Taryn Simon, Nedko Solakov, Danh Vo, Gosia Wlodarczak and Ming Wong.
While some visitors and critics have called the venue stuffy and in an inconvenient location, others declared the choice to be an innovative use of historical space. Art writer and curator Robin Peckham offers more insight into the works on display at the venue in a photo tour published on online culture magazine, Randian.
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