The third edition of the Singapore Biennale is open to the public from 13 March to 15 May 2011. This year, works from 63 artists coming from 30 different regions will be displayed at 4 different venues. Namely, the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Old Kallang Airport and Marina Bay The Merlion Park.
To avoid the large crowd, I visited the Old Kallang Airport on a weekday afternoon. This is the first time this unoccupied airport is used for such large scale art exhibition. On the ground, four main buildings (East Block, West Block, Terminal Building and Hangar) housed the exhibits from 32 artists. Below are some of the works on displayed.
For me, the most interesting work is the recreation of a German barn inside the airport hangar. This installation is created by Elmgreen and Dragset, the same guys who set up the Prada Marfa (Prada Desert Store in Texas). Inside the barn, you can smell the thick scent of hay and there is even a fake goat roaming around. On weekends, there are actors dressed in lederhosen chilling out inside the barn. If you can endure the heat, you can spend a lazy afternoon sleeping on the thick bundles of hay.
Admission to the exhibitions at Old Kallang Airport is free and there are shuttle bus services to bring visitors to other venues. Check out the official Biennale website for more information.