There are no videos, no flashing lights, none of the fancy high-tech gimmicks that fill so many of the other exhibits at this year's Venice Biennale. It's just a skeletal rattan ship, ponderously hanging from the ceiling. Yet, the artwork by Zai Kuning is an impressive achievement. Nestled amid hundreds of international works, it more than holds its own. It is a piece that Singaporeans can be proud of, very proud - if only more of us would get to see it.
Mr Kennie Ting, 39, group director of museums at the National Heritage Board, suggests that we meet at the Armenian Church in Hill Street - a curious location for an interview that is neither about the church nor the Armenian community. But when we meet on a rainy afternoon last month, he explains that the church, which he visits on occasion, though he is not religious, is his "quiet and tranquil oasis" in a bustling city.
When in the presence of pretty art, I think, "How Instagrammable," and whip out my phone before I have a chance to truly appreciate it. When I caught the Singapore Biennale 2016, An Atlas Of Mirrors, I did just that. When I visited the newly reopened Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, last year, I committed the same crime.
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