about about


about SAM 


Singapore Art Museum opened in 1996 as the first art museum in Singapore. Also known as SAM, we present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective for artists, art lovers and the art curious in multiple venues across the island, including a new venue in the historic port area of Tanjong Pagar.


SAM is building one of the world's most important public collections of Southeast Asian contemporary art, with the aim of connecting the art and the artists to the public and future generations through exhibitions and programmes.  SAM is working towards a humane and sustainable future by committing to responsible practices within its processes.  


Our Vision

SAM will inspire humane and sustainable futures through transformative, thought-provoking and meaningful everyday encounters with art of our times.

Our Mission

SAM will present contemporary art from a Southeast Asian perspective in active dialogue, discovery and collaboration with our constituents; through our collection, research, exhibitions and programmes.


our board



Mr Edmund Cheng
Deputy Chairman
Wing Tai Holdings Limited


Mr Eugene Tan 
Chief Executive Officer
and Director
Singapore Art Museum


Mr David Heng 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Temasek Trust Asset Management Pte Ltd


Mr Michelangelo Samson
Chief Executive Officer Philippines
Head of Client Coverage ASEAN
Standard Chartered Bank


Mr Tay Yu Jin
Equity Partner & Head, International Arbitration (Asia)
Mayer Brown (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.


Prof Fumio Nanjo
Senior Advisor
Mori Art Museum


Ms Junie Foo
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations


Mrs E-Len Fu
Director and Founding Partner
Kids21 Pte Ltd


Ms Sumitra Pasupathy
Co-Founder & Board Director
Playeum Ltd


Mr Teh Hua Fung
Co-Founder and Group President
Group ONE Holdings




Mr Tan Xuan Rong
Director (Arts and Heritage)
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth


Mr Low Eng Teong
Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Council

our management and curators



Eugene Tan

Chief Executive Officer and Director


Elvin Wong

Director (Office Administration)


Kevin Lim

Director, Innovation & Technology


Esther Conyard

Director (Marketing Communications, Visitor Experience & Business Development)


Ong Zhen Min

Director (Content Publishing)


Mohd Suhirman Bin Sulaiman

Deputy Director (Production Management)


Ong Puay Khim

Deputy Director, Collections and Public Art


Haeju Kim

Head (Residencies) & Senior Curator (Curatorial & Collections)

Michelle Goh

Chief People Officer and Director (Strategy & International Partnerships)


Ho Kee Sin

Director (Facilities Management & Operations)


Terence Chong

Director (Finance & Governance)


June Yap

Director (Curatorial & Collections)


Susan Goh

Deputy Director (Human Resource)


Mark Chee

Deputy Director (Estates, Project & Sustainability)


Tamares Goh

Deputy Director, Biennale and Programmes


Tan Shir Ee

Head (Partnerships & Patronage)  



June Yap

Director (Curatorial & Collections)


Haeju Kim

Senior Curator & Head, Residencies


Hsu Fang-Tze



Berny Tan

Curator, Design


Teng Yen Hui

Assistant Curator & Manager, Collections 


Kenneth Tay

Assistant Curator


Angelica Ong

Curatorial Assistant


Siobhan Tang

Curatorial Assistant, Design


Ong Puay Khim 

Curator & Head, Collections and Public Art


Duncan Bass

Curator, Media & Tech


Joella Kiu



Selene Yap



Syaheedah Iskandar

Assistant Curator


Tiara Izzanty

Assistant Manager, Curatorial and Collections


Angela Pinto

Curatorial Assistant


Seline Ilana Teo

Curatorial Assistant 



annual reports


Our Annual Report covers the period from 1 April through to 31 March each year, in accordance to the fiscal year. You may download our Annual Reports below:




SAM offers visits to the museum's exhibitions for members of the media who hold a valid media pass. Please contact us at least 3 working days in advance to arrange for a media visit.


For media photography and filming requests, please download and complete the Media Shoot Application Form and email it back to us at least 2 weeks in advance. Applications are subject to approval by the museum. 


For any other media enquiries about SAM, please email us [email protected].



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about contemporary art

Contemporary art is created by artists living and practicing in the here-and-now, particularly the 21st century. Contemporary art may be regarded as both art of the present-day, as well as art of a historical category, that for the Southeast Asia region may be seen as emerging from the 1970s, and in the case of Singapore, reaching a critical juncture in the 1990s.
Contemporary art reflects on contemporary society and the issues surrounding people and the world we live in. The areas that contemporary art explores include our everyday realities, questions about personal, cultural and national identity, and reflections of humanity’s impact on the environment. 
Contemporary artists work in a wide range of mediums, and their artworks can be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Contemporary art utilises a combination of materials and methods, and concepts play a prominent part to challenge traditional boundaries and ideas of how art is defined—or even what constitutes art.
When engaging with contemporary art, viewers are encouraged to consider whether the work is "thought-provoking" or "interesting". Beyond asking "Is this work aesthetically pleasing?", viewers can also reflect if the artwork questions the status quo, or changes perspectives on an issue.

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