NEWSText: mariko takei

Tatzu Nishi The Merlion Hotel, artist’s rendering 2011 Construction-installation © the artist

Featuring over 150 works by 63 artists from 30 countries, the third Singapore Biennale, titled Open House will open to the public from 13 March to 15 May 2011. Open House is presented across four exhibition venues, each with their own particular character, that draw upon emblematic spaces in Singapore: Housing Development Board flats (Singapore Art Museum and SAM at 8Q), shopping centres and night markets (National Museum of Singapore), and international air and sea ports (Old Kallang Airport).


One of the key pieces of the event, “The Merlion Hotel” (photo) by a Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi opens to public for 32 exclusive nights during the Biennale. This one-of-a-kind installation piece will transform Singapore’s beloved iconic landmark into a temporary and luxurious hotel suite, open in the day for public viewing and in the evening for overnight stays.

Singapore Biennale 2011
Date: March 13th – May 15th, 2011
Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (last admission at 18:15)
Venues: Singapore Art Museum and SAM at 8Q, National Museum of Singapore, Old Kallang Airport, Marina Bay
Admission: Adult $10, Student $5, Senior citizen (age 60 and above) $5
*Admission to Old Kallang Airport and Marina Bay is free for all.
*Free admission to all venues for visitors 6 years and under, Singaporean or Permanent Resident senior citizens, full-time National Servicemen (NSFs), and students and teachers from local schools.
Tickets: Available at SAM, SAM at 8Q, National Museum of Singapore and Old Kallang Airport.

Text: mariko takei

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