Fourth Singapore Biennale spotlights the region - Art Collector

Ken and Julia Yonetani, Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industy of All Nuclear Nations, 2012. Uranium glass, metal and UV lights, variable dimensions. Courtesy: the artists and Singapore Biennale

6 November 2013 | The fourth edition of the Singapore Biennale has just launched. Titled If the World Changed, it aims to highlight the sociocultural, economic and aesthetic complexities of southeast Asia.

Works by 82 artists and collectives will explore the world we live in and the world we want to live in. There is a deliberate regional focus, with over 90% of the selected artists hailing from southeast Asia. This includes three internationally known Australian artists - artistic duo Ken and Julia Yonetani, and Suzann Victor.

Ken and Julia Yonetani's latest work
Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations, pictured above, will be shown in full for the first time at the biennale. It was conceived in response to the Fukushima 2011 nuclear disaster and features 31 antique chandelier frames, refitted with uranium glass and UV lighting, that signify the 31 nuclear nations of the world.

Suzann Victor, Rainbow Circle: Capturing a Natural Phenomenon, 2013. Sunlight, water droplets and modified heliostat, variable dimensions. Courtesy: the artist and Singapore Biennale

Suzann Victor's work Rainbow Circle: Capturing a Natural Phenomenon has been commissioned for the biennale. It induces the natural spectacle of a rainbow within the stately confines of the National Museum of Singapore.

The fourth Singapore Biennale is being held in key venues throughout the Bras Basah Bugis arts and cultural precinct and will run until 16 February 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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