Scheduled for 19-21 January 2024 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the second edition of ART SG aims to redefine the contemporary art scene in Southeast Asia. This significant global art fair, presented by UBS, promises an exceptional lineup of international galleries and rising art spaces across three sectors: Galleries, Focus, and Futures. Accompanied by a curated program of talks, installations, and films, ART SG 2024 builds on the inaugural edition's success, which attracted 43,000 visitors, by bringing progressive concepts and curation to Singapore's art landscape. Magnus Renfrew, the founding director of ART SG, shares his vision and details for this upcoming event.
ART SG Co-Founder Magnus Renfrew_Photo Credit Joyce Yung
What are your aspirations for ART SG's second edition in Singapore in 2024?
We're excited about our second edition with 114 major international galleries participating. The city has embraced the fair with various activities in January. The National Gallery Singapore will host a major exhibition called "Tropical," featuring art from Latin America and Southeast Asia. Other highlights include exhibitions by Singaporean contemporary artist and filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen at the Singapore Art Museum and a curated show, "Afro-Asia," by American art historian and curator Zoé Whitley. Pierre Lorraine will showcase his collection, and 15 private collectors will display their pieces in The Private Museum. The fair's organic growth in activity and quality is truly exciting.
What can audiences expect that differs from previous editions?
This year, we've introduced three distinct exhibiting sectors: Galleries, Focus, and Futures. The Focus sector prioritizes Asian galleries and artists, offering deep insights into their work. The Future Sector highlights emerging talents. We're also excited about the Platform sector for public installations and a Film sector in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum.
We're proud to feature a mix of Western and Southeast Asian galleries. This not only showcases international artists in Southeast Asia but also introduces Southeast Asian contemporary art to a global audience. It's a platform for cultural exchange and understanding.
Your thoughts on Southeast Asian culture and its experience for Western audiences?
Southeast Asia's diversity is immense, with a rich array of cultural productions from countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Our fair is an invitation to explore these cultures. This year, we're encouraging our VIP visitors to extend their stay and experience the Thailand Biennale in Chiang Rai.
What future trends do you foresee in the art fair model, and Art SG's role?
The art fair model continues to be robust and effective. With Asia's burgeoning art market, Art SG is poised as a pivotal cultural hub for the Indo-Pacific and Southeast Asia. Singapore's strategic position enhances its role as a cultural confluence, making it an ideal location for a major international art fair.
AYA TAKANO, april, dragon dance, look, there are mysterious clouds, 2021. Courtesy of Kaikai Kiki Gallery.
RUBEN PANG, Lifehunter, 2023. Courtesy of Richard Koh Fine Art and artist.
Dawn Ng, Stars Fading but I Linger On, 2023. Courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf.
Art SG 2024
VIP PREVIEW (BY INVITATION ONLY): Thursday, 18 January | 2pm – 5pm
VERNISSAGE: Thursday, 18 January | 5pm–9pm
Friday, 19 January | 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, 20 January | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 21 January | 11am – 5pm
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
(10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956)