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Updated: 02/07/2013 22:45 | By Channel NewsAsia

SAM right to focus on local content: Lawrence Wong

SAM right to focus on local content: Lawrence Wong


SAM right to focus on local content: Lawrence Wong

SINGAPORE: A stronger focus on local development and content rather than international "blockbusters" may have contributed to the decline in visitorship at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Lawrence Wong said in parliament despite this, he believes it is the right focus for the museum.

He added the museum is working hard to promote greater awareness and interest in regional and local art and over time, this will help draw more people to the museum.

Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh said: "I know that it’s a lot more expensive to bring in the blockbusters. I hope the Ministry will consider other museums who can take over this role because it brings a larger number of Singaporeans who may not ordinarily go into the museum to come and see world—quality art."

Mr Wong replied: "I think the museums are mindful of this. They do want to have more focused exhibitions providing platforms for local and regional artists. I think its commendable they are doing that because we do need to promote that space. But they can’t just do it exclusively. They will need to find a balance between the kinds of exhibitions that they have."

— CNA/xq

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