Presented by Founding and Lead Partner UBS and organised by The Art Assembly, ART SG opens to the public from 12 – 15 January 2023. The fair presents over 160 international galleries from 35 countries and territories around the world.
‘The opening of ART SG today represents a new chapter in the evolution of the art scene in Asia. We have gathered an exceptional line up of galleries who share our vision that Southeast Asia deserves a world-class international art fair. ART SG is a fair that celebrates the incredible creativity of artists from the region, and connects collectors from Southeast Asia with the very best galleries from around the world. Singapore is the acknowledged meeting place for the Indo-Pacific, and its increasing role as home to Asia’s wealthy sets a strong foundation for the development of its status as a major art market and cultural hub over the coming years. This is the Singapore moment.’ ~ Magnus Renfrew, Co-Founder, ART SG
ART SG PLATFORM showcases dynamic, site-specific installations and large-scale sculptures interspersed throughout the Fair, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience art of scale. A significant installation created especially for ART SG is a new curation of Isamu Noguchi’s iconic Octetra series. Conceived in 1965, the series exemplifies the artist’s attention to space, nature and sensory engagement. Other works featured include Kapok, a seminal work by Cambodia’s most internationally prominent artist Sopheap Pich; a multi-disciplinary installation, Fire Deity, by Lu Yang, as well as monumental sculptures by Robert Indiana (Ben Brown Fine Arts), Ashley Bickerton (Gajah Gallery), and Jaume Plensa (GRAY).
ART SG’s Talks Program, sponsored by AXA XL, comprises three different modules: ART SG PERSPECTIVES: Reconnecting Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific, a series of conversations curated by Cosmin Costinas, Co-Artistic Director of the 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024) and former Executive Director of Para Site Hong Kong; ART SG FILM: On finding a home for Southeast Asian video art and film, led by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok; and the REFRAME talks, an extension of the gallery sector for digital art, which is focused on the intersection of art and technology.
In a rapidly changing global environment, ART SG PERSPECTIVES: Reconnecting Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific, is conceived as a platform for the region to come together to share new strategies for relevance and collaboration, reimagining common geographies, ways of working, and future exchanges. The series includes a range of pertinent topics in today’s cultural community, including conversations around contemporary art in Southeast Asia, insights on collecting and advocacy, as well as the impact of museums and biennales today. Notable speakers include Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale, Rajeeb Samdani, Collector, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation and Founder, Dhaka Art Summit, Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, 24th Biennale of Sydney, Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, and more.
Free to the public, UBS and The Fondation Beyeler will present a talk titled ‘Conversation: Hans Ulrich Obrist with Hiroshi Sugimoto: Life of the artist, Life of the architect’ at the ART SG Talks Theatre on Thursday, 12 January from 6-7pm and will be live-streamed on ubs.com and on UBS Global Art’s Facebook channel. There are only a limited number of seats at this talk, to reserve your place please email email@example.com.
ART SG FILM is a film program screened in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum, Singapore. Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Fabricated Realities: Video Art and Film from Southeast Asia and Beyond is presented in three short programs, in which the selected films address complex contemporary issues such as time, fiction-making, migration and artificial intelligence which challenge the perception of our history, and manifest the differing realities of the artists.
ART SG will also feature NEW/NOW, a salon-style showcase of artworks priced below US $10,000, featuring rising talents as well as smaller or alternative format artworks by established names across different mediums. All artworks are available for sale.
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Ave
Thursday, 12 January | 12pm – 7pm
Friday, 13 January | 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, 14 January | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 15 January | 11am – 5pm