In 2015, the Southeast Asia Platform returns with a curated sales exhibition of artworks by emerging and established artists from the region. Exhibited over an area of 1,000 square metres, the show is curated by Singaporean curator, Khim Ong. To date, the Southeast Asian Platform will feature 32 artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Agan Harahap (Indonesia), Mike HJ Chang (Singapore), Chris Chong (Malaysia), Chong Weixin (Singapore), Choy Chun Wei (Malaysia), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Yason Banal (Philippines), Hilmi Johandi (Singapore), Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam), Wawi Navarroza (Philippines), Nipan Oranniwesna (Thailand), Gary-Ross Pastrana (Philippines), Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise (Malaysia), Wisnu Auri (Indonesia) and Zaki Razak (Singapore) will be among the featured artists at the Southeast Asia Platform. Regional galleries and institutions will be behind each of the participating Platform artists.
The Southeast Asia Platform exhibition titled Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock: Biographical Imprints – Artistic Practices in Southeast Asia aims to present diverse artistic practices in the region through a selection of works ranging from painting, installation, print and photography, to video and performance. In taking artists’ practices as the points of departure, these attempts at reflecting artistic influences and experimentations in the region will bring together a wide range of works, enabling new relations to emerge. Observed as biographical sketches, each of these works will provide an intimate engagement with the artists and their practices, while collectively serve as an entry point for understanding art from the region.
There will be Tours of the Southeast Asia Platform and there will also be Talks and Performances by artists exhibiting at the Southeast Asia Platform Special Exhibitions Art Stage Singapore 2015 will present five Special Exhibitions, stretching from Modern art to the latest video works. Special Exhibition-Russia is curated by Olga Sviblova, Director of Multimedia Museum Moscow. It will feature two extraordinary and fascinating video works by feted Russian art collective AES+F: Allegoria Sacra and The Feast of Trimalchio will be shown for the first time in Singapore.
Andre Masson – Metamorphosis will be the largest retrospective in Asia devoted to the French surrealist. Over 50 of his outstanding works, curated by Damiano Femfert, will be presented in a museum-like environment Video Stage will showcase more than 60 video works from the region and around the globe, with the main section curated by Paul Greenaway (Australia) and additional selections by Chi-Wen Huang (Taiwan) and Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore). It will provide an overview of video art to the present day, allowing for a greater understanding of the medium that is gaining interest among collectors today. ‘Looking Out/Looking In’ is the title of a Special Exhibition curated by Hongchul Byun, in cooperation with Art Council Korea. Four young emerging artists from Korea, in their first Singapore show, represent the multifarious aspects of contemporary Korean art.
Being Human is a Special Exhibition of 16 Malaysian artists devoted to figurative painting. Employing the human figure as the main subject in their art the group’s members attempt to reshape and redefine the vital role of figurative painting in the history of the development of Malaysian art. Education Programmes A major highlight of Art Stage Singapore is its series of Education Programmes. For its 2015 edition, Art Stage Singapore will partner with ARTnews in presenting the ARTnews Talks Series. Additionally, Art Stage Singapore will partner with various institutions and industry professionals to offer an interesting selection of panel discussions and talks during the fair. There will also be General Art Tours and a Workshop by Project WOWWOWWOW.