Every January, the city’s calendar is jam-packed with a smorgasbord of art events and this year is no different. Pop by any of these shows for fresh and exciting perspectives on contemporary art, installation, visual art and photography in the local and international arts scene.
Prudential Singapore Eye
January 17-June 28
A first-ever exhibition dedicated to Singapore’s contemporary art scene will kick off at the ArtScience Museum, displaying the works of 17 promising young artists. Part of the Prudential Eye Programme — the regional art project that aims to introduce new contemporary art and nurture upcoming talent in Asia — it represents a selection of the best contemporary art here. Several noteworthy artists to look out for are Charles Lim, Ho Tzu Nyen, Jane Lee and Jeremy Sharma, who not only have an international following but have also represented Singapore at numerous international events, notably the Venice, Shanghai and Liverpool Biennales. On top of the exhibition, an awards ceremony on January 20 will crown the Best Emerging Artist, who will get the chance to hold a solo exhibition at London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery this June.
Art Stage Singapore
Back for its fifth edition, the flagship art fair of Southeast Asia continues to showcase top Asian and global contemporary art at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. This year, among the 145 galleries from 29 countries that will be participating, is a 93-strong Asia-based contingent, of which 34 — including Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Ota Fine Arts and Pearl Lam Galleries — are Singapore-based. Other highlights include showings from noted galleries from around the world, such as Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong), ShanghART Gallery (China) and White Cube Gallery (London). Also expect a fresh spin on things, as 57 new galleries are making their Art Stage debut. They include Marc Straus (USA), Piero Atchugarry (Uruguay), Gordon Gallery (Israel), Eternal Art Space (China) and Kogure (Japan).
Art Apart Fair
If you’re one for more cosy spaces rather than sprawling exhibitions, check out this unique gem of an art fair held at Parkroyal on Pickering. The boutique fair made its debut in Singapore in January 2013 and showcases the works of international emerging and mid-career artists. First staged in Conrad Centennial Singapore, it was later moved to its current location, where rooms, lobbies and corridors are transformed into a dreamscape of fine art. It made its international debut in London in October 2014, with editions in New York, Paris and Milan already in the pipeline. Works include Kaja El Attar’s fine line drawings that bring to life abstract and figurative motifs, and Gonzalo Medellin Herrera’s astonishing 3D metal gauze-like sculptures moulded into human form, among others.
On Art Collectors Sigg and Oei: Two Singaporean-directed Documentaries, One World Premiere films
Directed by Singaporean film-maker Patricia Chen, this highly anticipated double bill at the Singapore Art Museum will begin with Uli Sigg: China’s Art Missionary, a documentary film that presents the well-known Swiss art collector Uli Sigg’s thoughts on art as research and collectibles, with historical and controversial content that questions the very definition of contemporary art in society. This is followed by the world premiere of Chen’s The 24-Hour Art Practice, which traces the journey of Dr Oei Hong Djien, the godfather of Indonesian art collecting.
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Exhibition
Until March 15
A compelling collection of 15 contemporary art works by established artists around the world — from Thailand’s Arin Rungjang, Singapore’s Robert Zhao Renhui, to Australia’s Owen Leong, New Zealand’s Lisa Reihana and Japan’s Go Watanabe — are currently on show at the Singapore Art Museum. Running since November last year, it will see the announcement of the triennial Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize this month. The awards, which includes the Grand Prize, two Jurors’ Choice awards and a People’s Choice award, recognise the most outstanding contemporary works from the Asia-Pacific region over the past three years.