Art SG 2024

Art SG 2024: Southeast Asia’s Leading Art Exhibition in Singapore

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Art SG, The international contemporary art exhibition that brings the world to Singapore and Southeast Asia, will feature 116 extraordinary galleries from 33 countries and territories for its highly anticipated return following its inaugural edition in January 2023. Organized by Art Assembly hosted by Founding and Lead Partner UBS, ART SG will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 19 – 21 January 2024, with a VIP Preview on 18 January. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale and can be purchased at artsg.com.

About Art SG

As Southeast Asia’s leading art exhibition, ART SG is a dynamic new platform showcasing the most visionary and exciting contemporary art from the region and globally. Under the direction of Fair Director Shuyin Yang and Co-Founder Magnus Renfrew and organized by The Art Assembly, ART SG launches in January 2023 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in the heart of Singapore’s financial district. In January 2022, MCH Group, Art Basel’s parent company, acquired a 15% shareholding in ART SG.

This inaugural edition of the exhibition welcomes local, regional and international galleries alongside a cutting-edge program of commissioned and site-specific installations, experimental films, thought-provoking talks and performances. Bringing progressive concepts and curation to Singapore’s art landscape, ART SG is a bespoke exhibition based on international standards and best practices, working from the ground up to build a distinctive identity while fostering artistic excellence and cultural dialogue across Southeast Asia and the wider Asia Pacific region.

An overview of UBS

UBS offers financial guidance and solutions to high-net-worth individuals, institutional clients, and corporations globally and serves private clients in Switzerland. Recognized as the largest global wealth manager, UBS is a prominent private and corporate bank in Switzerland. The institution boasts extensive global reach, functioning as a diversified asset manager and investment bank. UBS strategically concentrates on businesses with robust competitive standings in their designated markets, emphasizing capital efficiency and possessing appealing long-term structural growth or profitability prospects.

About UBS dan Contemporary Art

UBS has a history of supporting cultural endeavours worldwide and continues to use contemporary art to bring together ideas, inspiration and opinion to shape richer lives. At the heart of this commitment is the UBS Art Collection, one of the world’s most prominent corporate art collections, with more than 30,000 works created by artists from over 70 locations. The company seeks to advance international conversation about art and the market through its global partnerships with leading art fairs worldwide.

UBS provides its clients with insight and thoughtful guidance on art and collecting by co-publishing ‘Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market’ and the forthcoming ‘The Art Basel and UBS Survey of Global Collecting’ to be released on November 3 regarding collector insights with high- net-worth of eleven markets including Singapore. The company also provides its clients insight into the art market, collections and legacy planning through the UBS Collectors Circle and UBS Art Advisors.

Visit ubs.com/art for further information.

Highlights of Art SG 2024

Tai Shani ‘The Neon Hieroglyph Festival Dei Due Mondi’

ART SG Second Edition will host leading international galleries, including Gagosian, White Cube, Thaddaeus Ropac, Lehmann Maupin, Neugeriemschneider, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Karsten Greve, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Goodman Gallery, Kukje Gallery, P.P.O.W, ShanghART, Ota Fine Arts, Yavuz Gallery, Sullivan+Strumpf, TKG+, Richard Koh Fine Art and many more.

In addition, 38 new regional and worldwide galleries will join the fair for the first time, showcasing selected masterpiece artworks and specially curated presentations. There are also newcomers, including Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Asia Art Center, Taro Nasu, Sabrina Amrani, Poligrafa Obra Grafica, BANGKOK CITYCITY, BASTIAN, Gathering, Nadi Gallery and Chi-Wen, among other participants bringing together a week-long celebration of visual arts.”

Importance of Art SG

Prioritizing Singapore as a thriving cultural capital and a major destination for artistic exchange and discovery, also coinciding with Singapore Art Week, the 2024 edition of ART SG continues to present new opportunities for the art world in Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond, establishing itself as an important platform and meeting point for artists, curators, collectors, institutions, galleries and art fans.

Art SG 2024 Edition

Alex Seton, The Patch (Tasmanian Tuxedo), 2022

ART SG in 2024 will be divided into three main sectors. First is the GALLERIES sector for diversity. Second is multi-artist exhibitions; FOCUS features galleries featuring solo or duo artist programs or curated thematic presentations; and Third is FUTURES, dedicated to supporting young galleries under the 10-year umbrella, brought a presentation created especially for ART SG.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors will also encounter dynamic, large-scale and site-specific installations as part of the PLATFORM sector, enjoy a selection of FILM programs hosted in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum and participate in the TALKS program featuring thought leaders from the art world.

Shuyin Yang, Fair Director, ART SG, stated gratitude: “We are thrilled to welcome the international art world back to Singapore once again with the second edition of ART SG. Collectors and fairgoers will be able to experience an extraordinary showcase of art from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including established names and exciting new talents, as well as the best of global contemporary art from galleries around the world, through curated sectors and programs carefully. Across ART SG’s week-long week and across the city, there will also be a wide range of exhibitions from Singapore’s visual arts institutions, foundations and private collections, gallery openings, and more, bringing together a week-long celebration of the visual arts.”

Unlike other art fairs, ART SG is geared towards globally minded collectors and aims to broaden this interest by promoting new discourse and connections, encouraging cross-border collecting, and establishing extensive network relationships between collectors and galleries in Singapore.

Art Gallery

Alvin Ong ‘Light of the world’

The main and largest sector of the event – GALLERIES – will feature 69 leading international and regional galleries displaying multi-disciplinary presentations represented by artists, including painting, sculpture, drawings, installations, photography, video and digital works of exceptional quality.

White Cube (London, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Paris, West Palm Beach)

Curated exhibitions featuring artists including Tracey Emin, Isamu Noguchi, Marguerite Humeau, Theaster Gates, Ibrahim Mahama, Christian Marclay and Danh Vo.

Lehmann Maupin (London, New York, Seoul)

Feature group presentations in the foreground are by artists Nari Ward, Dominic Chambers, and Lee Bul.

Neugeriemschneider (Berlin)

Feature paintings, sculptures and textile works by AiWeiwei, Thomas Bayrle, Billy Childish, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Eriksson, Noa Eshkol, ThiloHeinzmann, Antje Majewski, Tobias Rehberger, Tomas Saraceno and Pae White.

Waddington Custot (Tokyo)

Feature an extraordinary group presentation including Bernar, Venet, Michael Craig-Martin, Chu Teh-Chun, Robert Indiana, Hans Hartung, Barry Flanagan, Ian Davenport and Fernando Botero, whose highlights will be monumental works and sculpture Jean Dubuffet’s iconic Tour aux récits (Tower of Stories) from the famous artist’s “Hourloupe” cycle.

TARO NASU (Tokyo)

Presentation of a conceptual showcase featuring artists such as Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Ryoji Ikeda, Koichi Enomoto and Mika Tajima, looking at representations of their practice outside the recognized canon.

Asia Art Center (Taipei, Beijing)

Presentation of two contemporary Taiwanese sculptors from different generations, Ju Ming and Li Chen, exploring the context of the contemporary development of sculpture in Taiwan and breaking down conventional ideas about space and form.

Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Tokyo)

Presentation of contemporary and emerging Japanese works, especially highlighting renowned female painter Aya Takano.

ShanghART (Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore)

The renowned artist from Singapore, Tang Da Wu, will present a statement work in the form of a canoe made from pieces of wood sourced from previous historical projects.

MadeIn Gallery (Shanghai)

Present a rich solo survey by XU ZHEN®, covering the artist’s multidisciplinary practice over the past decade through seven of his signature series.

Gazelli Art House (London, Baku)

Present the work of two artists reflecting on Harold Cohen and Jake Elwes’ respective contributions to generative and computer-based art, mapping technological creativity and contextualizing current applications of AI and its potential to address pressing social issues.

Sullivan+Strumpf (Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore)

Focus on expressions of materiality through new works by artists including Alex Seton, Dawn Ng, Irfan Hendrian, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, and Sam Jinks.

Yavuz Gallery (Sydney, Singapore)

Feature presentations of new and critical works by leading Southeast Asian and Australasia artists, including Abdul Abdullah, Alvin Ong, Pinaree Sanpitak and Manit Sriwanichpoom.

Johyun Gallery (Busan, Seoul)

Exhibit a collection of the latest works by Korean artists, including Lee Bae, Park Seo-Bo, Jung Kwang Ho, Kang Kang Hoon, Lee Kwang Ho and Jin Meyerson, offering unique reinterpretations of traditional art materials and contemporary techniques.

ART SG 2024 will also see the debut of a strong and dynamic lineup of Southeast Asian galleries at the fair, as well as some of the most important galleries from across the region, featuring both established and emerging artists in Southeast Asia. Highlights include:

Richard Koh Fine Art (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok)

Showcase the ever-evolving tapestry and rich visual language that characterizes contemporary Southeast Asian art, including Htein Lin, Justin Lim, Ruben Pang and Yim Maline.

Gajah Gallery (Singapore, Jakarta, Yogyakarta)

Highlight renowned artists with strong historical practices, including innovative sculptures produced in collaboration with Yogya Art Lab (YAL), such as Suzann Victor, Yunizar and Uji “Hahan” Handoko Eko Saputro.

FOST Gallery (Singapore)

Create a significant body of work reflecting contemporary contemporary art practice in Singapore and Southeast Asia, including Donna Ong, Eng Tow, Ian Woo, Wyn Lyn Tan, Elaine Roberto-Navas, and Luis Antonio Santos.

BANGKOK CITYCITY (Bangkok)

Which makes its debut at ART SG 2024, will feature a new installation by Tanatchai Bandasak, large-scale paintings by street artist Alex Face inspired by significant political movements in Thailand, and works by renowned Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai featuring motifs of classic denim, fire and mystical imagery.

Nadi Gallery (Jakarta)

Another newcomer to the fair will feature an exhibition of the names of an established group of Indonesian artists.

FOCUS

Zean Cabangis ‘Road Maps’

Featuring 36 presentations, FOCUS highlights galleries featuring focused and curated programs emphasising developing artistic practice, exploring different media, especially digital art and new media, and appearing among mid-career artists.

Gathering (London) ‘An immersive installation.

Sabrina Amrani (Madrid) ‘Love Songs in Times of Crisis.

Bitforms Gallery (New York) ‘Turning data sets into beautiful abstractions.

Chi-Wen (Taipei) ‘The curated presentation explores the cinematic in Taiwanese video art.

KOSAKU KANECIKA (Tokyo) ‘Abstract that focuses on light as a multifaceted element.’

Artinformal Gallery (Kota Makati, Mandaluyong City) ‘Their painterly exploration of working with layers and making meaning’

The Drawing Room (Manila) ‘Turntable Painting’ and ‘One Million Dollars’

FUTURES

FUTURES is dedicated to supporting young galleries that will show presentations created especially for ART SG. The presentation will be made within the last 18 months and has not previously been exhibited in a gallery or institution.

Artemis Gallery (Lisbon)

The Back Room (Kuala Lumpur)

Rissim Contemporary (Kuala Lumpur)

Warin Lab Contemporary (Bangkok)

PLATFORMS

Featuring five artists from diverse backgrounds and generations, PLATFORM presents a curated exhibition of dynamic, large-scale and site-specific installations across the exhibition.

Mixed-media installation Home by British-Chinese artist Gordon Cheung

Immortal Words, a bio-art project by An artist from Singapore Boedi Widjaja

Hornbill Circus by Sarawak textile artist Marcos Kueh

Every World by Donna Ong

Lake, a large-scale painting installation by British abstract painter Ian Davenport

Film

ART SG is excited to share the news of the appointment of Sam I-shan, a former curator at the National Gallery of Singapore and an expert in film and new media, as the curator for ART SG’s FILM program. This program is hosted in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum. Hailing from Singapore and presently residing in Phnom Penh, Sam I-shan brings an exceptional comprehension of Southeast Asian film, new media, and moving images to his curation of exhibitions.

Talks

ART SG is delighted to declare the resurgence of the TALKS program, a collection of enlightening discussions featuring influential figures in the art world. These conversations provide a unique chance to delve into contemporary Southeast Asian culture within the broader global art scene. Zoe Butt, the Founder and Director of the ‘In-tangible Institute,’ will curate a two-part session focusing on crucial aspects of the Southeast Asian Ecosystem. This includes the significance of backing the next generation of art practitioners and the role and relevance of collectors, curators, and dealers within this supportive network.

Dive into Art Excellence: Experience the Masterpieces at Art SG 2024!

Art SG 2024 stands poised as Southeast Asia’s premier art exhibition, set to unfold in Singapore. With a well-known lineup of artists from Southeast Asian galleries, renowned global partnerships, and a commitment to fostering cultural dialogue, the event promises to be a convergence of artistic excellence and diverse perspectives of art. From the main and largest sector Galleries to the thought-provoking TALKS sessions with industry leaders to the debut of the FILM program curated by experts like Sam I-shan, Art SG 2024 is not just an art fair but a platform that transcends boundaries, connecting artists, collectors, and enthusiasts alike. As the celebration of art unfolds, it reflects the ever-evolving richness of Southeast Asian culture within the global artistic landscape, ensuring that Art SG continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the region’s art scene.

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