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BULLSEYE! Art Stage Singapore resiliently hits the mark 射中靶心! 新加坡艺术舞台击中目标

For the sixth year in a row, Art Stage Singapore has brought Southeast Asian art to the forefront of international art market. The anchor event of Singapore Art Week was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 21 Jan to 24 this year.

Art Stage Singapore has long been the summit for serious collectors from Southeast Asia and beyond, a fact further proven by attendance of respected international art collectors and experts such as celebrity auctioneer Simon de Pury, architect Rem Koolhaas; and leading collectors Alain Servais (Belgium), Daisuke Miyatsu (Japan), and Deddy Kusuma (Indonesia).

Art Stage Singapore 2016_Yudi Sulistyo_World Without Sea_presented by ARNDT
World Without Sea by Yudi Sulistyo

Highlight of Art Stage Singapore 2016 was the Southeast Asia Forum that explored the bridge between the art market and the non-commercial facets of contemporary art. Encapsulating this idea was the exhibition ‘Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art In the Urban Age’ that successfully underscored the significance of contemporary art in developing the modern society.

Despite facing a gloomy economy and experiencing a dip in the number of visitors, Art Stage Singapore saw favourable sales. Among the top selling artists and artworks at Art Stage include Yayoi Kusama whose works fetched USD1.2 million and Chun Kwang Young who saw one of its works fetching USD 175,000.

新加坡艺术博览会持续第6年走在东南亚国际艺术市场的前沿,这项艺术盛会从2016年1月21日至24日,在新加坡滨海湾金沙会展中心举行。

新加坡艺术博览会俨然是高端收藏家的东南亚峰会,出席的包括国际艺术收藏家和著名拍卖商: Simon de Pury, 建筑师Rem Koolhaas,收藏家  Alain   Servais(比利时), 宫津大辅(日本)与  Deddy   Kusuma(印尼)。

2016年新加坡艺术博览会的亮点东南亚论坛,也探讨竖立在艺术市场之间桥梁和非商业的当代艺术。而封装这个概念的展览“地动仪”:感知城市 – 艺术在城市时代”,成功突显了当代艺术在发展现代社会的关键意义。

Art Stage Singapore 2016_Yinka Shonibare MBE_Alien Man on Flying Machine, Alien Woman on Flying Machine, Alien Child _presented by Pearl Lam Galleries
Alien Woman on Flying Machine by Yinka Shonibare MBE

尽管面临着黯淡经济状况和有限的参观者,新加坡艺术博览会还是保持销售率。其中畅销的艺术家和作品叫座能力不减,日本著名艺术家草间弥生的作品卖出120万美元,韩国艺术家全光荣的作品也卖出高价175000美元。

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats 村上隆:500罗汉

by CHT

Image courtesy of Layzhoz Yeap

‘Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats’ exhibition marks the first large–scale Murakami exhibition in Japan in 14 years. Presented by Mori Art Museum, this amazing art exhibition is one show that should not be missed by anyone that has a heart for art. Born in 1962 in Tokyo, completed his doctoral work at Tokyo University in Fine Arts and selected by Time magazine’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ in 2008, Takashi Murakami is currently one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary artists working today. Through his artistic career, the artist has cleverly connected the ‘otaku culture’, character iconography and Japanese art history against the backdrop of thematic landscape of post-war Japan. Hence developing the concept of ‘Superflat’, that has left his define mark in the contemporary art scene.

During this long awaited solo exhibition, Murakami presented one of the largest paintings ever produced in global art history – his 100-meter-long-painting, The 500 Arhats, showing off for the first time in Japan. Some other new works are also on exhibition in which the artist continues to amaze the public by exploring new challenges to the traditional Japanese art. This exhibition provides an important insight to Murakami’s art journey in terms of scale, energy and artistic accomplishment.

The exhibition is currently at the Mori Art Museum, 53rd  Floor, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo, and it is scheduled to end on the 6th March 2016.

日本当代艺术家村上隆的500罗汉展览会是时隔14年后在日本首次大规模展出。这个在东京森美术馆举行的神奇展览会让拥有艺术心灵的人们都趋之若鹜。村上隆1962年出生于东京,在东京大学完成博士学位,并在2008年被《时代》杂志选为“100位最有影响力的人物”,直至目前保持着国际知名当代艺术家的身份。通过他的艺术生涯中,巧妙地连接了“御宅族文化”,包括以人物肖像,日本艺术历史与战后日本背景主题景观。而他创作的“超扁平”概念,也为他在当代艺术场景定义上取得重大印记。

在期待已久的个展上,村上隆最巨大的画作也缔造全球艺术历史记录—长达100米的画作 - 500罗汉,这是首次在日本展出。其他新作品也让观赏者通过探索发现日本传统艺术的新鲜挑战。展览会塑造想象洞悉力,观摩村上的艺术之旅、能源与艺术修养。

展会目前在东京六本木山森塔53楼的森艺术美术馆展出中,直至2016年3月6日结束。

Penang Art Society@Melbourne, the Inaugural Overseas Arts Exhibition

Fostering Ties through Arts

From 1 to 30 June, Australian art lovers, collectors and the public had the privilege of personally getting acquainted with Malaysia arts at a special exhibition titled ‘Penang Art Society @ Melbourne’ that took place at the astonishing gallery at SpACE@Collins, Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria. Organised by Penang Art Society (PAS) Malaysia and curated by the society’s President, Ch’ng Huck Theng emphasized that this first of its kind exhibition is a cross cultural exchange event to encourage cultural immersion, to promote international understanding and goodwill between Malaysia and Australia. The PAS@Melbourne marked an important milestone for the Society as it is the first ever art exhibition down under.

The exhibition was officiated by the Consul General of Malaysia to Australia in Melbourne, Dato Dr Mohammad Rameez Yahaya. ‘‘PAS has provided an important platform to nourishing and promoting the Malaysian art and culture scene. As we all know that people nowadays are emphasizing more towards the quality of life, arts and culture play important roles in enabling people from different background and different races to understand each other hence making this a better and peaceful planet to live in. The Malaysian government is proud of PAS’s effort in bringing Malaysia arts and culture to Australia and I would like to congratulate its President, Mr Ch’ng Huck Theng for taking this initiative to make possible this exhibition,’’ said Dato Dr Rameez in his speech. He further added that this is an important step to not only provide an exposure for the Malaysian artists but more important sharing and bridging the bond between two great countries.

‘PAS@Melbourne’ featured a collection of artworks from 20 renowned Malaysian artists, whose works have been exhibited at various international biennales and art shows, ranging from the Malaysian modern to contemporary art. President Ch’ng said in his statement, ‘‘having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013, the PAS is the oldest registered art society in Malaysia with over 500 members and still growing. Established in the 1950’s, it was set up with the objective of consolidating various artworks from the region including paintings, photography, Chinese calligraphy, poetry, music, dance performances, bonsai, feng shui and others, to preserve and further promote these cultures. ’’

Among the VIPs that attended this colourful event were Turkish Consulate General, Ersel Ozdemir, Felix Wong Director from Echo3 Media, Colin Abbot from AMBC, Ita Puspitasari Consulate for Social Cultural Affairs Indonesia and Councillor Ken Ong.

The Art of Human Psyche

One artist’s quest for artistic exploration and freedom

The human mind is an interesting subject, and it has captured the attention of Malaysian artist, Phillip Wong, who since 2009 has delved deep into the human psyche to explore its effect on the human condition. In his quest to find the answer to a question he likes – ‘why humans always got problem?’ – Wong has created a series of incredible artwork that capture his exploration of the human brain, emotions and the subconscience aptly titled The Human Mind.

One of Wong’s signature artistic styles is transparent glass painting – a style he developed using Perspex, glass, wood, canvas and transparent glass paint. ‘Transparent glass painting is see-through, and it allows you to see through the surface and look at what the work means,’ said Wong. He had started working on transparent glass paintings beginning with his Daun series 1993 which culminated in his first solo presentation in 2006. Now, with The Human Mind series, Wong has once again channelled his artistic impressions through transparent glass paint, this time on canvas.

Wong, born and raised in the idyllic town of Seremban, is among the most prolific contemporary artists in the country. A graduate of Malaysia Institute of Art (MIA), art has always been a big part of his life, a passion of his since he was a boy. ‘I dreamed of becoming an artist when I was just 6 years old and it was a dream born out of passion for art,’ said Wong in an interview with EZ. In the 15 years since graduating from MIA, Wong charged into the local art world with full-force before establishing ArtSeni Gallery in 2005.

For Wong, being an artist does not end with just creating art but he sees it as his mission to create awareness on art. This for him takes various forms, including building and gathering support for himself as well as his artists, exploring new avenues for exhibiting art works, and to promote Malaysian art internationally. In his efforts to serve the larger artistic community of Malaysia, he sat on the Board of Trustees for the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia for four years. Another notch in his artistic journey was nailed when Wong was awarded the much coveted Grand Prize at the 2007 Asia Art Award in Seoul, Korea. The following saw Wong being appointed as a committee member of the Asia Invitation Art Exhibition in Seoul, a position he has continued to hold.

Not just confined to fine art, Wong is also a dedicated and passionate practitioner of performing arts. He was bitten by the acting bug in 1996 when he made his stage debut in the drama About Them. From acting, Wong has gone on to produce his own shows. One of them which he is especially proud of is Twelve plus One.  The show combined his two passions – fine arts and performing arts – to create a spectacular experience for the viewers with its unique concept. In 2012, Wong starred in Passion & Drama, which he said would be his last appearance on stage for the time being. However, his support for the local performing arts scene would never wane. ‘I am now more focused on supporting them behind the scenes and supporting them unconditionally,’ said Wong.

2012 also saw Wong pulling the plug on ArtSeni Gallery, which at that time was located in Lot 10, Bukit Bintang. The decision to move away from managing a physical gallery came from his desire to focus on his paintings and to promote the local artists. This move also gave him the freedom to curate exhibitions outside of Kuala Lumpur with TIGA: The Intellectual in Generation of Aesthetics and The Journey Continues. Both the exhibitions were held in Penang in the second half of 2013. Wong was successful in introducing Kuala Lumpur-based artists to the public in Penang. With The Human Mind continuing Wong’s trajectory of artistic freedom and expression, 2014 looks like it is going to be yet another good year for this artist.

Discover Malaysia Art

Malaysian Art Showcases In Melbourne

From 11 to 18 November 2013, Australian art lovers, collectors and the public had the privilege of personally getting acquainted with Malaysian art at a special exhibition titled ‘Arts Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne: Discover Malaysia Art’ that took place at the prestigious Melbourne art gallery, MiFA Events.

Datuk Dr Wong Lai Sum, CEO of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) officiated the exhibition on 14 November in a festive ceremony that served authentic Malaysian delicacies such as the satay and teh tarik.

The official opening was also attended by The Hon. Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council of Victoria; and Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. Also in attendance was the Malaysian Consul General to Victoria Dato’ Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya.

Wong, on behalf of the Malaysian Government, presented Riley a special Melbourne edition of Ch’ng’s ‘Salam’ sculpture as a gesture of friendship to the City of Melbourne. A second sculpture – ‘Salam – Victoria’ – was presented to National Gallery of Victoria.

The unprecedented event was the largest of its kind ever held and featured the works of 30 artists, ranging from Malaysian pioneer artists since the Independence to the young contemporary artists of modern Malaysia. Curated by Ch’ng Huck Theng, the exhibition was successful in generating great interest among art lovers in Melbourne.