Singapore Art Museum Signs MOU with Prestigious Centre Pompidou
On 20 May 2010, Singapore Art Museum (SAM) Director Mr Tan Boon Hui and Centre Pompidou President Mr Alain Seban from Paris signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), paving the way to strengthen cultural alliances in the field of contemporary art between Singapore and France.
From left : Mr Michael Koh, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board ; H.E. Olivier Caron, Ambassador of France to Singapore, Mr Alain Seban, President of the Centre Pompidou, Mr Tan Boon Hui, Director of the Singapore Art Museum, Ms Jane Ittogi, Chair of the Singapore Art Museum and Mr Sim Gim Guan, Deputy Secretary, Information and Corporate Management, Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts.
An immediate project arising from the MOU is the co-organisation and co-curation of Video. An Art, a History 1965-2010. A Selection from the Centre Pompidou and Singapore Art Museum Collections. The exhibition will be held from 27 May to 18 September 2011 at SAM, and presents the Centre Pompidou’s new media travelling exhibition in a new, expanded format that includes an added Southeast Asian touch. SAM’s collection of video works and installations by Southeast Asian artists such as Lee Wen, Choy Ka Fai, Dinh Q Le, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Richard Streitmatter-Tran will be presented alongside the Centre Pompidou’s collection of internationally renowned artists such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Bruce Neuman, Tony Oursler, Jean-Luc Godard and Pierre Huygue to name a few. The SAM collection forms “an integral part of the history of video art” said Mr Tan Boon Hui and completes the presentation. According to Mr Alain Seban, a remarkable aspect of this joint collaboration is that not only “the museums work together but artists also come together…[and] lead to more dialogue between the cultures and promote future contemporary projects”.
President of Centre Pompidou, Mr Alain Seban (center) and Director of the Singapore Art Museum, Mr Tan Boon Hui (right) viewing the exhibition Ming Wong : Life of Imitation at the Singapore Art Museum on 20 May 2010 by Singapore artist Ming Wong (left).
This premiere partnership builds upon the 10-year government-to-government agreement signed in January 2009 between Singapore and France. The MOU will also encourage further collaborations between SAM and the Centre Pompidou, including other exhibition projects and contemporary art programming for children.