MCH Group (Basel/Switzerland), the parent company of Art Basel, announced it is taking a 15% stake in Art Events Singapore, the organizer of ART SG, the new art fair for Southeast Asia. Taking place during Singapore Art Week, ART SG, whose lead partner is UBS, will be launched on 12-15 January 2023 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. It will present some 100 leading international galleries, as well as installations, films, talks and performances.
Korakrit Arunanondchai’s latest exhibition, ‘A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe’, launches with Singapore Art Week on 14 January at the Singapore Art Museum’s new space at the Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Ahead of the launch, ART SG speaks to curator Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol about Korakrit’s practice and the Museum’s future programming.
Alongside the Venice Biennale, the quinquennial documenta which takes place in the German city of Kassel is one of the art world’s most significant events. First conceived as a survey of modern and contemporary art, documenta is today considered a barometer of shifts in the art world, setting the artistic and cultural agenda for the years to come. The upcoming edition will be the first helmed by a collective– ruangrupa from Indonesia. ART SG speaks with two of its members, Ade Darmawan and Iswanto Hartono, about their curatorial processes and approach, as well as what to expect from documenta 15.
For the fourth conversation in the ART SG X UBS Discussion Series, join collectors Patrick Sun, Founder, SUNRPIDE FOUNDATION and Nadia Samdani, Co-Founder and President, Samdani Art Foundation and Director, Dhaka Art Summit, as they discuss how to address specific themes, issues, advocacy and education through building a publicly visible art foundation or collection.
“Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now”– a major retrospective of the visionary artist’s work– has opened at the National Gallery Singapore, at the end of a two-year global tour. ART SG’s Tan Siuli reviews the exhibition, musing on how decades on, Paik’s works continue to inspire with the wittiness and dexterity of their ideas, inviting audiences and new generations of artists to unpack and reflect upon them anew.
The Future Is Now, a major retrospective of legendary artist Nam June Paik’s work, opens at the National Gallery Singapore in December, at the end of a global tour spanning two years and presentations at Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California. In conjunction with the exhibition opening in Singapore, ART SG speaks with Ken Hakuta, Nam June Paik’s nephew and executor of the artist’s estate. Hakuta, also known as ‘Dr Fad’, is an inventor and television personality who hosted a TV show promoting creativity and innovativeness in children. In this interview, he reflects on the life lessons imparted by his uncle, and Paik’s legacy.
ART SG reviews ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound’, an exhibition which brings together 32 of the world’s leading contemporary sound artists to the ArtScience Museum. The show, which runs from 28 August 2021 – 2 January 2022, invites visitors to tune in, listen deeply, feel the vibrations and create their own personal soundtrack as they journey through a sonic landscape.
ART SG reviews “A Minor History”, a powerful critique of Thailand’s current political landscape from multi-award winning film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, which runs from 19 August – 14 November at Bangkok’s 100 Tonson Foundation.
The 2021 Thailand Biennale, titled Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud: Engendering Sensible Capital, will take place in the Northeastern Thai city of Korat from December 18, 2021 – March 31, 2022. ART SG speaks to Artistic Director Yuko Hasegawa about her curatorial process, facilitating collaborations between artists and locals, and the contemporary art scene in Thailand and the region.