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‘Terms & Conditions’ in Singapore

A culturally significant Arab exhibition opened its doors recently at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) – ‘Terms & Conditions’ aims to show how divergent interpretations of Arabic art can be made when viewings take place across borders and in a different geographical context.

The exhibition, which opened on June 28, will run for six weeks until September 8, 2013 so if you’re visiting Singapore over the summer, make sure to visit.

“Placing works of art such as these outside of their traditional associated landscape gives them an entirely new sub-text and provides them with a voice that transcends stereotypical cultural depictions,” said Savita Apte, Chair of the Abraaj Group, which loaned some of the exhibits for the show.

The show features 16 pieces of seminal Arabic artwork drawn from across the artistic spectrum and comprises seven video artworks, seven installations, one sculpture and a single mixed-media drawing.

The work being demonstrated in the Terms & Conditions exhibition is drawn from private collections, including the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Abraaj Group Art Prize Collection, Musée national de l’histoire et des cultures de l’immigration in Paris, and a substantial contribution from UAE Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi’s Barjeel Art Foundation.