Shannon Castleman_Jurong West Street 81_2008_Collection of the artist

AFTER UTOPIA is Singapore Art Museum’s (SAM) latest exhibition that examines humanity’s eternal yearning for a better world. Pivoting on ideas about ideals and principles, AFTERUTOPIA comprises iconic works of Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary art drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, as well as private collections and new commissions.

Svay Sareth_Mon Boulet_2011_Singapore Art Museum Collection

The exhibition unfolds in four chapters, the first of which examines the imagery of the garden as a metaphor – both for an Edenic paradise lost as well as one that has been found, re-imagined and re-imaged as a romanticised ‘Other’. The second turns the eye on the structures we inhabit and the way we live, simultaneously reminding us of modern architecture and urban planning’s utopian impulse and how these ideals have fallen short when translated into reality. Ideologies that have left an indelible mark on the last century and on which societies and nations have been built are examined in the third chapter. Finally, we are reminded that ‘utopia’ (from its Greek roots) also means ‘no-place’ and is an idealised world that can exist nowhere except, perhaps, within ourselves.

For more details, please visit the Singapore Art Museum website at

EXHIBITION VENUE :             

SAM is located at 71 Bras Basah Rd Singapore 189555

SAM at 8Q is located at 8 Queen Street Singapore 188535

DATES : 30 April 2015 – 18 October 2015

Yudi Sulistyo_Mewujudkan Angan (Realizing Dreams)_2010-2011


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