In the early 20th century, the term ‘Varnishing Day’ referred to the day reserved for exhibiting artists, before the opening of an art exhibition, where they would finish off their paintings by varnishing them. This day then took on its French translation vernissage.
Like all major art fairs that retain a part of this tradition, Art Stage is no exception and will kick off on 11 January with the Vernissage, a by invite-only event to the fair’s grand opening. As Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, it returns this coming year with a stronger southeast asian identity.
Art-goers can expect a line-up of more than 120 galleries worldwide and from the region; of which three-quarters are returning galleries from the previous year.
The highlight of the fair is the Southeast Asia Forum which returns for its second year in a row. It is entitled Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures and aim to address the emphasis in the balancing art, commerce and content. Comprised of an exhibition and a series of lectures, the forum is a thematic programme that focuses on global issues that has a direct impact on Southeast Asia.
This year, the fair also introduces Collectors’ Stage 2017: Expose, a continuation of the Collectors’ Show which is a highlight exhibition of the first edition of Art Stage Jakarta. In collaboration with The Artling, Art Stage Singapore will feature artworks from the collections of six leading Singapore-based collectors.
Notable exhibitions from Singapore-based galleries include Hiroshi Senju at Sundaram Tagore (Read more on the artist here), Zhu Jinshi at Pearl Lam, Gregory Hodge at Sullivan & Strumpf and Ahmad Zakii at Gajah Gallery.
A significant display of public artworks will be on show in addition to art in gallery booths.
The fair will be held at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.
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