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Art Stage Singapore 2017: Marina Bay Sands to host Southeast Asia’s largest art fair in January

The annual art fair will make its return in 2017 and will have a stronger Southeast Asian identity

Dec 15, 2016 | By Vimi Haridasan

Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair is all set to make its return from January 12 to 15. Art Stage Singapore 2017 will be the seventh edition of the art fair and it promises to bring along with it a stronger Southeast Asian Identity. Guests can look forward to artists and galleries from around the world as well as the second Southeast Asia Forum at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Anne Samat Tribal Chief 6-260x116 cm mixed media 2016. Image courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art

Anne Samat Tribal Chief 6-260×116 cm mixed media 2016. Image courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art

While the specially curated galleries, consisting of 126 galleries from 27 countries, are set to be a major draw Art Stage Singapore 2017 also introduces the inaugural Collector’s Stage 2017. A collaborative effort between Art Stage Singapore and The Artling, it will showcase a selection of artworks from the collections from six leading Singapore based collectors.

The art fair is an opportunity for the growing art world in Asia to exchange ideas and understand the economic and socio political issues today. For the second year, Art Stage Singapore 2017 will host the Southeast Asia Forum that aims to bring about a balance between art, commerce and content. The theme of the forum this year, revolves around capitalism and is titled “Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures”. The issues will be explored through an exhibition and a series of lectures.

Gregory Hodge Transition acrylic on canvas 198 cm x-152 cm 2016. Image courtesy of Sullivan Strumpf


Gregory Hodge Transition acrylic on canvas 198 cm x-152 cm 2016. Image courtesy of Sullivan Strumpf

The Forum’s exhibition will use the works of socially engaged artists to highlight the need for cultivating alternative forms of capital and conditions in order to ensure the evolution of societies in a complex global environment. Notable artists who will be included in the exhibition, include Jim Allen Abel, Kent Chan, Yudi Sulistyo and Titin Wulia. The Forum’s panel discussions will welcome economists, business leaders and policy makers to join the art community to discuss and deliberate the various perspectives held about social inequality.

Art Stage Singapore 2017 will be held from January 12 to 15 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

 
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