Roaring start to Biennale 2011

ORGANISED by the Singapore Art Museum, the third edition of the Singapore Biennale (SB2011), Open House, kicks off with a roar as key details on The Merlion Hotel by acclaimed Japanese artist, Tatzu Nishi, are unveiled.

In one of many key commissioned pieces for Southeast Asia’s leading biennale, which runs until May 15, a one-of-a-kind installation piece will transform Singapore’s beloved Merlion landmark (pictured) into a temporary and luxurious hotel suite, open in the day for public viewing and in the evening for overnight stays.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will have a dedicated team providing the hospitality for The Merlion Hotel to complete the luxury hotel stay experience.

Members of the public can book a one-night stay between April 4 and May 5 for two adults at the special rate of SGD$150 ($118) nett. The hotel is fully furnished with a double-bed, bathroom, amenities, personalised room check-in, dedicated Merlion Hotel butler as well as breakfast at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

 The Singapore Biennale was established in 2006 as the country’s premier platform for international dialogue in contemporary art.

The Merlion was first built as an eight-metre-tall sculpture in 1972 and located at the mouth of the Singapore River to ‘welcome all visitors to Singapore’.