The Jakarta Post
Art Stage Singapore 2017 is slated for Jan. 12-15 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. (Art Stage Singapore 2017/File)
Anyone who happens to be in Singapore may want to consider visiting Art Stage Singapore 2017, which just kicked off at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Thursday and will run until Saturday.
One of the event's highlights is the Collectors’ Stage, which showcases artworks owned by Singapore-based private collectors, like Hady Ang, Jim Amberson, Michael Tay and Talenia Phua Gajardo (MT Collection), Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson and Kenneth Tan. Curated by Enin Supriyanto, it is said to be a continuation of the Art Stage Jakarta Collectors’ Show held last August.
In this section, visitors can marvel at contemporary artworks from both established and new Asian artists. “The exhibition aims to foster an understanding about art collections and reveal the thought processes and motivations behind cultivating a coherent personal collection,” the organizer said in an official statement.
The event also expects to show how art collecting is not merely an act of accumulation. “It is about a dedication to bringing artworks into dialogue with each other, allowing each collection to find its own way and its own character."
Indonesian artworks are also featured, including Eddy Susanto’s barong-esque UV painting on wood dubbed Immortality, which is owned by Hady Ang.
It also features Handiwirman Saputra’s work owned by Michael Tay and Talenia Phua Gajardo (MT Collection), which is a three-set sofa-looking fiber-resin titled Pose No. 1, Pose No. 2 and Pose No. 3 ( 2008 ).
Another is Tromarama (Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans and Ruddy Hatumena)’s work, titled More We, Less Me ( 2011 ). Owned by Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson, it takes the form of a triptych, crucifix x-ray made of plexiglass, stainless steel and LED strips.
Meanwhile, Albert Yonathan Setyawan’s work, Mandala Study No#3, is a 300-by-300 cm detailed ceramic artwork owned by an anonymous collector.
'Mandala Study No#3' by Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan.(Private Collector via Art Stage Singapore 2017/File)
Aside from the Collectors’ Stage, the seventh installment of Art Stage Singapore also features a marketplace and the Southeast Asian Forum that focuses on the art scene in the region. Prior to its opening, the event presented the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art to Myanmar artist Aye Ko on Tuesday. (kes)