ART STAGE SINGAPORE – ASIA’S NEW TOP ART FAIR
Art Stage Singapore set to elevate prominence of Asian art in the global arena
On January 12th, 2011, Art Stage Singapore, Asia’s new premier international art fair, will open the world’s art season with its debut at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The inaugural fair will feature a selection of 90 of the world’s leading and up-and-coming galleries in a showcase of the best and most exciting of Asian artistic creativity.
A Strong Asian Identity
Art Stage Singapore will be an annual show focused on and presenting the very best of the Asia Pacific as well as the region’s most interesting emerging artists. As a forward continuation of Fair Director Lorenzo Rudolf’s work across the globe (Director of Art Basel from 1991 to 2000, Inventor of Art Basel Miami Beach and Co-Founder of ShContemporary, Shanghai), Art Stage Singapore is set to be much more than a trade show for the art industry.
Art Stage Singapore will be an international show with the right balance, with Asia Pacific galleries juxtaposed against carefully selected Western galleries that complement and not conflict. The fair aims to elevate Asia Pacific galleries to a level of international prominence, enabling them to become strong competitive players in the global market.
Mr. Rudolf explained: “What is most important is that the fair has a unique identity. It makes no sense to duplicate in Asia an Art Basel or Frieze, nor to bring a large delegation of Western galleries presenting big names and brands of mediocre quality, or galleries offering what they were not able to sell in the West. The most important factor of a good and interesting art fair is the quality of the presented works.”
Carefully selected to ensure utmost quality, the fair’s exhibitors will comprise a balance between established and young galleries and artists. Visitors can look forward to stunning masterpieces from established names while special projectsby young and emerging artists will present opportunities for discovering future stars of the art world.
The Art World’s New Destination
Art Stage Singapore will bring together artists, collectors, dealers and art professionals from East and West to create exciting new opportunities for the Asia Pacific.
The open art scenes in Europe and the United States function as an integrated community of artists, gallerists and collectors. Asia however, still remains fragmented with many individual and insular art scenes or markets – China, India, Korea, Japan, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Rudolf commented: “These Asia Pacific markets have to be opened up and brought together – and Art Stage Singapore will be the place of their gettogether. It will be the event that “match-makes” galleries, dealers, artists, collectors, art lovers and arts professionals.”
Together with Asian opinion leaders such as Peter Nagy (Nature Morte, India), Emily Chao (Eslite, Taiwan) and Tomio Koyama (Tomio Koyama Gallery, Japan) who actively cooperate with the fair organiser as part of its exhibitors committee, Art Stage Singapore, through a special collectors “matchmaking” programme and an exciting VIP schedule, will present a much-needed platform for exchange and interaction between industry professionals and art enthusiasts to forge a more cohesive and open art scene within the Asia Pacific art markets.