The Singapore Pavilion presents the work of one artist, Lim Tzaychuen, for the 51st Venice Biennale. Over the years, Lim's conceptual art practice has shown a dedicated engagement with public spaces, and an engagement with artworld institutions and the way they work with both artists and the public.

For the Biennale, Lim had originally proposed to uproot the Merlion, national and cultural icon of Singapore, and bring it to Venice for installation in the courtyard of the Singapore Pavilion. However, this plan was considered impractical and too costly by the Singapore government. As a result, Lim produced an installation for the Pavilion and put outside its entrance a signpost which reads I wanted to bring Mike over.

Artist's biography is included.
Access level

Onsite

Location code MON.LTC2
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2005

ISBN / ISSN

981053373X

No of copies

2

Content type

artist monograph, 

catalogue

Chapter headings
Empty signifiers makes the most noise (or, Reflections on the Merlion's Reflection) - Alfian Bin SA'AT
The Merlion & Other Monsters: Some Notes on Singapore's Moving Monuments - Peter SCHOPPERT
Moving 'Mike': Conceptualism and Site Specificity in the work of Lim Tzay Chuen - Eugene TAN, 陳維德
MIKE: Lim Tzay-Chuen, Singapore, 51. International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
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MIKE: Lim Tzay-Chuen, Singapore, 51. International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia