Art Stage to have Asian focus

Art Stage to have Asian focus

SINGAPORE - Buoyed by the success this year of its Indonesian Pavilion showcasing the country's art, international art fair Art Stage Singapore plans to return next year with more country pavilions.

In its upcoming January edition, the premier fair here is introducing country- and region-specific platforms, which will include those from South-east Asia, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

But unlike with the Indonesian Pavilion - which represented the artists directly and was a hit with buyers but received flak for bypassing the galleries - this time, Art Stage is working with curators and gallerists to show the art.

In an interview with Life! on Monday, fair director Lorenzo Rudolf said: "We have listened to the feedback. We have fixed things and we now want to focus on the next edition by using this platform to position the entire region.

"The idea is really to look at Asia as a whole and at South-east Asia in particular. We have not finalised the number of South-east Asian galleries and countries, but it will be a key focus of the fair."

A full list of exhibition curators, participating galleries and artists, who will make up these country platforms, is expected soon.

The curated country platforms will occupy about 20 per cent - roughly 1,800 sq m - of the exhibition space at the Marina Bay Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre where the previous three editions of the annual fair had been held.

The presentation of these platforms, said Mr Rudolf, will be "in a museum style format" with a mix of new commissions, installations and mixed-media contemporary art works. The focus will be on fresh names and art works and emerging artists from the region. The intent is also to go beyond "a classical art fair format" of galleries displaying the best contemporary art works.

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