ART STAGE Singapore 2018 officially ended on January 28, with many art lovers left with the memories of remarkable artworks and inspiring artists from all over the world. Lorenzo Rudolf, as the Founder and Director of ART STAGE, has successfully maintained the flagship fair to focus on bringing art markets across Southeast Asia together and to be the platform that represents their contemporary art.
ART STAGE Singapore 2018 has also managed to stretch concepts of traditional art beyond the boundaries of classical gallery arrangements and broaden its field by gathering collectors, artists, and other creative industries together, making it the leading art event in Southeast Asia. Indonesia Tatler had the honour of experiencing the three-day art fair and immersing ourselves in this year’s offering. Here are the five highlights that we have collected for you to know.
Tiroche DeLeon collection
The Tiroche DeLeon collection was set up in January 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon and aimed at initiating the large-scale investigation of new markets for contemporary art across the developing world. The pair invests in contemporary masterpieces from developing markets, and this pioneering collaboration with ART STAGE Singapore introduced a unique selling exhibition of Asian contemporary artworks—acquired at previous ART STAGE Singapores between 2011 and 2016—curated by Co-founder Serge Tiroche.
Some of the artists hailed from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, China, Indonesia, and Singapore. Seven Indonesian artists’ works were displayed, namely Heri Dono, Eko Nugroho, Agus Suwage, Gatot Pujiarto, Entang Wiharso, I Nyoman Masriadi and J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra.
This year, ART STAGE Singapore chose to focus on Thailand as its focus country as it is rapidly being recognised as an Asian country that is full of dynamism and artistic excellence. Thailand has a new and vibrant art scene blooming and thriving across Southeast Asia. ART STAGE Singapore also paid tribute to the amazing art movement in Thailand by featuring plenty of Thai artists and galleries with their top local artists. The participants included Kamin Lertchaiprasert presented by Numthong gallery, Arin Rungjang presented by Tang Contemporary, and Teng Yen Lin presented by Whitespace Gallery Bangkok, among others.
Southeast Asia forum
ART STAGE Singapore 2018 brought back the third edition of the Southeast Asia forum, which involved a discussion about how to examine the different ways of seeing, learning, and interacting with art. As a pillar element of the art fair, the forum was a thematic programme that consisted of an exhibition and a series of lectures that provided more centralised and comprehensive perspectives that have a direct impact on Southeast Asia. Art is used to demonstrate our cultural state while design is used to serve a purpose and is dedicated for specific needs. The forum noted that these elements are mixed and that barriers between the two elements are starting to diffuse. It was anchored by The Artling Collectible Design Showcase, in cooperation with its online platform, The Artling.
Fernando Botero Jr.
Another highlight was the exhibitions and paintings from Colombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero, who is known for his unique illustrations of voluminous figures and objects. ART STAGE provided a dedicated art display of the famous artists in diverse media spanning his remarkable 50-year career as well as an intimate talk by the artist to give visitors insight into his personal life and creativity. The talk forum, entitled “Continuum in Collecting Art: Dialogue by the Tiroche brothers on Similarities in their Differences”, covered the virtue of collecting art in the family and the range of the influence of individual members on collecting art.
We thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience of Singaporean and Singapore-based art collectors, which included Teng Jee Hum, Richard Nijkerk, as well as Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson, who opened their homes to visitors to take a peek at their huge private collections—emphasising the importance of art collectors in forging a more vigorous art scene.
The private tours were organised by Lorenzo Rudolf himself and at each private residence we were welcomed with warmth and friendliness. Mr Teng said that he decided to participate in ART STAGE Singapore because he wanted to reciprocate the incredible experiences he had in enjoying and collecting art. Mr Teng successfully created an extra-sensorial visual experience for us, which was both meaningful and educational.