Nestled in a new development called The Herencia, the site of the former Nan Chiau High School, is the brand new location of the Art Xchange Gallery. Founded in Surabaya, East Java, by Benny Oentoro and his wife Evelyn Sagita Kauw, the couple have represented both modern and emerging contemporary artists since 2009.
Their mission is to showcase a diversity of artworks from different societies to highlight the correlations and contrasts between them, as well as provide an outlet for artists to present their work. The gallery also continuously strives to create an amicable environment to cultivate the sharing of knowledge between collectors worldwide.
Following the major success of their first gallery in Indonesia, a second gallery was opened in Singapore in March 2011 at The Central (Clarke Quay). The move to Singapore also provided an avenue for their represented artists to be exposed to another art market in Southeast Asia. Aside from actively organising exhibitions for the artists, the gallery regularly participates in many major international art fairs such as Spoon Art Fair Hong Kong, Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong, Art Expo Malaysia, Art Taipei and the Singapore Art Fair.
This year, on 28th March, Art Xchange celebrated the relocation of their Singapore gallery with a grand opening at The Herencia. It was a night dedicated to art enthusiasts and also marked the beginning of a new journey for the gallery. Benny kick-started the evening with a welcome speech and a short introduction to the history of the gallery. Evelyn warmly showed her appreciation to the guests by singing a beautiful rendition of a Whitney Houston hit song, which she dedicated to them. Two Indonesian artists, Adrinalia and Agung Santosa, were even in attendance to paint mementos for guests to take home.
The event featured works by a selection of emerging contemporary artists; each artwork exposed different techniques, a range of mediums, various colour palettes, and conveyed distinctive messages. It was a compelling mix that revealed the essence of modern and contemporary art around the globe. Art Xchange also carries works by artists from Germany, Canada, India and Russia; after all, the space was conceived primarily for creative exchange to blossom between regional and international artists. The gallery also believes in providing ‘a window to the soul, where passion meets creativity’, so that artists can be promoted and acknowledged for their talents around the world.
Venue: Art Xchange Gallery, 46 Kim Yam Road, #01-13 The Herencia
Phone: +65 6384 0536