will boost Singapores position as
Leading Centre for Asian Art
26 April 2001 The Art Galleries Association (Singapore),
(AGA), today announced the launch of ARTSingapore 2001, the worlds
premier contemporary Asian art fair. Following the success of the
inaugural launch last year, ARTSingapore 2001 looks set to be the
crowning jewel in the regions 2001 art calendar. Catching
the Asian wave at the right time, the fair will feed the growing
appetite for Asian art. .
is enjoying a new cultural renaissance. It is producing a new generation
of world class filmmakers, musicians, painters, writers, dancers,
designers, actors, etc. There is also growing interest in Asians
about Asian art as well as of the West in the East. ARTSingapore
2001 will showcase some of Asias best artists, said
Professor Tommy Koh, Singapores Ambassador-at-large and Patron
of the Fair..
Director and President of AGA Mr Chua Soo Bin said, Our inaugural
fair last year received much interest and encouragement which strongly
affirmed our belief that we have successfully identified a void
in the market. Last year, more than 9,000 international and local
art connoisseurs, collectors and auction season patrons thronged
the five-day fair. We hope to attract at least 15,000 visitors from
around the world this year.
added, With strong support from the Singapore Tourism Board,
ARTSingapore aims to position Singapore as the focal point for galleries
from the region to exhibit and trade and to strengthen Singapores
reputation as a leading centre for Asian art. At the same time,
we hope to discover and nurture young Asian talents and promote
the established artists.
2001 promises to be a bigger and more prestigious affair with a
bigger venue and stronger international presence. To date, 15 local
and foreign galleries have signed up and more are expected to jump
on the bandwagon over the next few weeks. More than half of last
years exhibitors will also be returning to the fair. The fair
presents an excellent opportunity for networking with the art dealers,
collectors, artists, enthusiasts as well as new buyers in the region.
of the Singapore galleries participating in this years fair
include Art-2, Art Forum, Gajah Gallery, Plum Blossoms Gallery and
SooBin Art Gallery. At present, the foreign galleries taking part
in ARTSingapore 2001 are Art Space from Japan, Hwas Gallery
from China and The Myanmar Gallery of Contemporary Art. The fair
organisers hope to include more international representatives.
2001 will also be held at a bigger venue at the Singapore
International Convention & Exhibition Centre. There will be bigger
booths this year based on feedback from last year's participants.
can expect a real visual treat with its showcase of myriad paintings
and other two-dimensional works, sculptures and ceramics representing
Asias finest contemporary artists and artworks. Another main
draw of this years fair is an installation by renowned artist
Mr Tang Da Wu. A series of talks and workshops on various topics
of art collection and preservation will also be conducted throughout
the five-day fair to promote greater understanding and appreciation
of Asian art.