Highlights from Singapore Contemporary, taking place from Jan 20 to 22 at Level 4, Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Since the announcement of the planned opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), anticipation for its inauguration has been running high amongst Indonesian art aficionados and international media.
Set to be opened earlier in 2017, there has been delays to the inaugural reception. MACAN will be Jakarta and Indonesia’s first contemporary and modern art museum and is now set to open in November, coinciding with two of Indonesia’s biggest art events – namely: The Jakarta Biennale and Biennale Jogja which opens in November 2017.
For its opening, 90 significant works drawn from founder Haryanto Adikoesoemo’s private collection of over 800 modern and contemporary artworks collected over the past 25 years will be on display – alongside works from some of the most celebrated artists in Indonesia, Asia and the rest of the world including Raden Saleh, FX Harsono, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Ai Wei Wei and Jeff Koons.
The exhibition aims to highlight the works of Indonesian artists and their place in the international art world. The museum’s exact date has yet to be finalised but with the inception of two other art event heavy-weights, it will be interesting to see if the launch will live out to its hype
Currently on show at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore is an exhibition entitled Presence of Whiteness by Zhu Jinshi. Renowned for his distinctive works in abstract painting, the artist will present over 20 coloured paintings created between the year 2012 to 2016, at the newly opened Dempsey Hill gallery.
The works are described to be seen as a dialectic of colour as concept; in keeping with his “detached from colour” series of paintings – the colour here is transformed into rich bodily forms, traversing between whiteness and colour on a three-dimensional canvas space.
The exhibition extends to Pearl Lam’s Gillman Barrack space as well. The stand-alone features works that consist of his paintings, installations and texts that span a fifty-year period – delineating Zhu’s personal history of persistence, destruction, attachment and reflection.
When: 10 January–5 March, 2017
Time: Daily, 11am–8pm
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 15 Dempsey Road #01-08, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249675
When: 10 January–31 April, 2017
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm; Sunday, 12–6pm
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 9 Lock Road, #03-22, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
In conjunction with the Singapore Art Week 2017, 33 Auction will be holding a Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Auction on Saturday, 21 Jan 2017. The auction will host a total of 85 lots with estimated value at SGD 1.8 – 2.2 million. It commences at 7.30PM at Grand Hyatt Singapore.
With a focus on art highlights from Southeast Asia, a special section will be dedicated to Singaporean Artists, and then continuing on with popular and modern and contemporary art from other countries in Asia.
“With the push and support of the local government, there has been an increasing recognition for Arts and Cultural Heritage in Singapore. Interest in local art and artists has a sudden resurgence in recent years. This is indeed an exciting and flourishing time for the local art. It is important to commemorate our pioneer generation artists for developing the local art identity. Our team is also working diligently to advocate art of the region. Hopefully, this will encourage the future generations to pursue art as a career and eventually have their works showcase globally.” says David Fu, Director of 33 Auction
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Imagine the stories from Song Dynasty paintings come to life, Tian Xutong does exactly that. Sagacious monks meditating on water, frolics of black and white – Tian’s imaginations are taken through boundless space, and are pure, natural, elementary and calm.
The artist draws inspirations from Zen philosophy and his artworks incorporate as well as infuses both the clarity and power of focus. Tian Xu Tong’s one-of-a-kind blend of abstract sage, serenity and drollness are found in the dexterity of his brushstrokes on rice paper.
Tian is an accoladed fine artist from Beijing. His artworks are currently on show in a solo exhibition presented by Yang Gallery Singapore.
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A special Friday the 13th calls for art after dark, and no better way to spend it at Gillman Barracks for the Singapore Art Week, with a list of exhibitions and programmes by top gallery names in Singapore.
Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks opens at 7pm today till late with complimentary bus services from major points all over Singapore. Highlights of the event include:
1. Exhibition openings at ARNDT Fine Art, FOST Gallery, Mizuma Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, Ota Fine Arts, Sullivan + Strumpf, Yavuz Gallery and Yeo Workshop
2. ShanghART: Talk with photography duo BIRDHEAD and Robert Zhao Renhui in conversation with Shanghai-based curator of Asian art Biljana Ciric and collector Hallam Chow (Blk 6, 3pm – 4.30pm), and a performance art piece by BIRDHEAD in collaboration with Chayuti Janrakangtong (Papacurry) at the gallery (5pm – 8pm).
3. Yeo Workshop: Film screening and artist Q&A in conjunction with the opening of Liquid Truth (7pm – 9pm), and Singapore Art Club’s magazine launch (7pm – 11pm)
4. Exhibition closing party at Sundaram Tagore Gallery
5. Official launch of LOCK ROUTE – Gillman Barracks’ public art showcase. LOCK ROUTE features 16 outdoor artworks across various locations in the visual arts cluster, ranging from murals, sculptures and installations by 15 world-renowned and emerging international and Singapore artists.
As part of the launch, there will be special live performances for one night only.
*LOCK ROUTE is open 24 hours to the public.
6. Design New Standard (Blk 7 Level 1)
A new design-art exhibition that presents the works of progressive, independent Artist-Designers who tread the line between art and design.
NTU CCA Singapore
7. Performance Datang Untuk Kembali (Arriving to Return), a collaborative fashion procession (6.30 to 8pm) as part of the CITIES FOR PEOPLE NTU CCA Ideas Fest 2016/17.
– Conversation with Ho Rui An, Artist-in-Residence (Blk 43 The Single Screen, 8pm – 9.30pm)
– NTU CCA Singapore’s Residencies: OPEN
– Heman Chong, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
– Ho Rui An, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-03
– Siren eun young jung, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
– Alice Miceli, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06
– Thao-Nguyen Phan, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
– Jason Wee, Block 37 Malan Road, #01-01
Other art activities
8.Open studio of multi-disciplinary artist Zai Kuning, who is representing the Singapore Pavilion for Venice Biennale 2017
Music, F&B and more
9.Live music performances by home-grown musicians Charlie Lim, Riot !n Magenta and .gif.
– F&B pop-up stalls featuring The LAB (halal), Park Bench Deli, Handlebar, My Little Spanish Place, Iskina Cebu, Gattopardo and more!
– Red Baron’s Food and Craft night market from 6pm onwards and an After Party till late featuring electronic music label Darker than Wax
**COMPLIMENTARY BUS SERVICES AVAILABLE**
One-way bus service from the following locations to Gillman Barracks available at 7pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm and 8pm.
City Hall MRT to Gillman Barracks
– Pick-up point: Bus bay in front of Swisshotel
-Vivocity to Gillman Barracks
– Pick-up point: Vivocity Bus Bay at L1 East Court, near Crystal Jade (Sentosa Gateway)
– Marina Bay Sands to Gillman Barracks
Pick-up point: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre