Ranked 135 among Places to Visit in Singapore
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The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) at 8Q is the more diverse and young annex of the Singapore Art Museum. The 8Q SAM museum derives its name from its location on No.8 Queen Street near Bras Basah Road. Approximately 88 steps away from SAM, the museum gives immense importance to contemporary art and all its intricate forms and is the seat of experimental art in Singapore. Built atop an old Catholic high school, but still clutching its spirited vibe, the modern four-story museum provides a refreshing new perspective on all things art. The museum houses six contemporary art galleries along with a special children's gallery and several experimental art spaces.
The launch of SAM at 8Q on August 15th, 2008 saw an 8-man art exhibition titled Q-Rate: School. The name of the exhibition was a play at the word 'curate' and it featured elaborate works of several young contemporary artists such as Donna Ong, Johan Loh, Grace Tan, etc. Today, the exhibits at the galleries are displayed in various engaging forms including paintings, sculptures, films, photography, sound art and new media. This gives the gallery a unique and hypnotic atmosphere filled with wonder. The museum is also strategically placed in the hub of art and culture and alongside major performing arts and visual arts academies such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Stamford Arts Centre, and many more. The building also hosts two diners to quench your hunger- The Standing Sushi Bar and The Love Pal Cafe.
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