ART SG’s inaugural and highly successful January 2023 launch, where it showcased an incredible line up of significant local, regional, and international galleries, complemented by an audience of 43,000 visitors, marked the beginning of a new chapter for the art scene in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
The dynamic art-oriented platform returns once again to Singapore next January with its second edition to celebrate art – a testament to the city-state’s vibrant arts scene and Singapore’s position as a regional arts hub.
ART SG 2023 showcased an assembly of leading galleries from the region and around the world.
Part of Singapore Art Week (SAW), the city’s annual celebration of its flourishing visual art scene, ART SG showcase the largest collection of Southeast Asian and international contemporary art, bringing the art world to Singapore and the region, from 19 to 21 January 2024 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands (with a VIP preview on 18 January 2024).
Says Magnus Renfrew, Co-Founder, ART SG, “We are proud to be bringing in an international art fair of this stature, magnitude, and representation to Singapore once again. As the world emerges from the challenges posed by the pandemic, galleries are setting their sights on new horizons, with Asia taking center stage. Singapore, at the heart of Asia, stands out as an ideal destination for galleries seeking to expand their audience. Its strategic location, status as a key nexus in the region, and commitment to fostering a vibrant art ecosystem make it the gateway to a burgeoning art market. ART SG, together with the support of our partners, will continue to be a key driver in supporting Singapore’s ambition in becoming a distinctive art city and cultural hub.”
The debut of ART SG in 2023 brought together galleries, artists and collecting audiences from Southeast Asia, Asia and around the world to Singapore - one of the most vibrant art cities globally.
Unlike other art fairs, ART SG brings together art-collecting audiences from across the region and beyond, promoting new discourse and connections for globally minded art collectors with common interests. Expect large-scale installations, insightful conversations, film and new media curations, expansive city-wide activations in collaboration with Singapore’s visual art museums, and impressive private collections.
Organized by The Art Assembly and presented by Founding and Lead Partner UBS, ART SG 2024 will feature 116 galleries from 33 countries and territories.
ART SG, Southeast Asia’s leading international art fair, attracted 43,000 visitors in 2023.
About 38 of the exhibitors are new galleries joining the Fair for the first time (including Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Asia Art Center, TARO NASU, Sabrina Amrani, Polígrafa Obra Gráfica, BASTIAN, and Chi-Wen among others), reflective of the keen interest from international galleries to deepen their engagement with Singapore and the region.
ART SG 2024 will also host next-generation Singapore artists, local stalwarts, and an impressive line-up of Southeast Asian galleries, showcasing the very best in contemporary art practice from the region. Think regional stalwarts Yavuz Gallery, Richard Koh Fine Art, Mizuma Gallery, Sullivan + Strumpf, FOST GALLERY, and first-time participants including BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY, Nadi Gallery, Wei-Ling Gallery, The Back Room, Rissim Contemporary, Srisasanti Gallery, and Kohesi Initiatives, among others.
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Agus Suwage, Pemandangan Duniawi #3, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Gallery.
Dawn Ng, Stars Fading but I Linger On, 2023. Courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf.
Alvin Ong, Light of the world, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Yavuz Gallery.
Refik Anadol, Neural Paintings - A, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery.
Adds Jin Yee Young, Co-Head UBS Global Wealth Management Asia Pacific and Country Head UBS Singapore, “Asia is a key strategic location for UBS, and we are delighted to continue our support of ART SG as Founding and Lead Partner, among our other contemporary art sponsorships globally. At the Fair, the UBS Art Collection, one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world, will present works by Eko Nugroho in the UBS Art Studio, featuring interactive sculptures that encourage community action for environmental preservation.”
ART SG returns with its three main sectors. GALLERIES remains the largest sector, with presentations by 69 leading international and regional galleries. FOCUS continues to feature solo and duo artist programs, and curated thematic presentations from 36 galleries; while FUTURES is dedicated to young artists (under the age of 10), alongside specially created presentations from 11 galleries.
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RUBEN PANG, Lifehunter, 2023. Courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art and artist.
Robert Zhao Renhui, The Divine in the Trash Stratum, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery.
Other highlights of the Fair include PLATFORM, featuring five groundbreaking art installations; TALKS for engaging panel discussions and insightful conversations about Southeast Asia on the global art landscape (curated by Vietnam-based curator, Zoe But)t; and FILM, featuring new film-making practices and using experimental film as an artistic medium. The latter (free to public) is curated by Sam I-Shan, in collaboration with ArtScience Museum.
Spotlighting the importance of collector-driven initiatives in increasing visibility and support for contemporary art, art enthusiasts can also look forward to significant private collections and private foundation exhibitions in January.
Meaningful dialogues and insightful conversations were held alongside the Fair at ART SG 2023.
Shares Shuyin Yang, Fair Director, ART SG, “We are delighted that private foundations and collectors, opening the doors to their outstanding collections, or showcasing how new narratives and curatorial concepts can be supported by private initiatives. These exhibitions will present a wealth of significant works not normally on public view, offering a vibrant and comprehensive VIP program of private collection visits, artist studio visits, parties, and immersive art and dining experiences.”
For more information about the 2024 edition of ART SG, click here.