Returning next year for its seventh edition is Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’ flagship art fair. Open from 12 to 15 January 2017, the contemporary art fair will feature the second Southeast Asia Forum alongside regional and international works.

The focus on Southeast Asia will be strengthened at Art Stage Singapore 2017. It will emphasise the importance of developing “a cohesive Southeast Asian art market by bringing together individual markets of the region into a single bloc for the region to be more competitive vis-à-vis the other more developed global art markets in the West and China.”

Lorenzo Rudolph, Founder, Art Stage Singapore (Image: Art Stage Singapore)

Lorenzo Rudolph, Founder, Art Stage Singapore (Image: Art Stage Singapore)

In a press release, Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and President of Art Stage Singapore, remarked, “Never has it been more urgent for us to re-examine the role of contemporary art in our societies than it is today. Against the backdrop of the weak global economy and changed political landscapes, art fairs such as Art Stage Singapore must re-think our role.”

“Can we continue as before – riding high on the art market boom? As the performance of art markets is inextricably linked to the health of the economy, maintaining the same market positions is unrealistic in the current economic climate.”

Eddie Hara, There's Something Kinky Going On Over Here, 150x200cm acrylic on canvas, 2016 (Image: Nadi Gallery)

Eddie Hara, There’s Something Kinky Going On Over Here, 150 x 200cm acrylic on canvas, 2016 (Image: Nadi Gallery)

Art Stage Singapore will present a diverse range of carefully selected galleries from across Asia and the world, featuring 108 exhibitors from 26 countries.

The 2nd Southeast Asia Forum

“If you want a successful future, we have to sell Southeast Asia as a whole and not national, small markets. And Singapore, as the smallest place, is even more obliged to play this game.”

Speaking at the Art Stage Singapore 2017 media conference, the Swiss art guru also painted a hopeful picture for the future of the art industry here. “I think more and more people are becoming aware that it’s only together we can be strong.”

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Robert Zhao, Peacock Island, Taiwan, 2016, 84 x 121 cm archival pigment print (Image: Mizuma Gallery)

Art Stage Singapore 2017 will present the second Southeast Asia Forum, which aims to emphasise the balance between art, commerce and content. The Forum is a thematic programme, comprising an exhibition and a series of lectures that offer more focused and deeper views into global issues that have direct impact on Southeast Asia. The second Southeast Asia Forum will focus on the theme of capitalism and is titled “Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures”.

Robert Zhao, Monkey Island, Japan, 2016, 84 x 121 cm archival pigment print (Image: Mizuma)

Robert Zhao, Monkey Island, Japan, 2016, 84 x 121 cm archival pigment print (Image: Mizuma Gallery)

The second Southeast Asia Forum seeks to explore the values of art, imagination and progress, as well as the price of doing business in the global capitalist system. It examines relationships between money, ideals, and some of the fault lines in the present financial age, including the Forum’s immediate sphere of influence — the art market and the value of art.

Art Stage Singapore 2017 is the anchor event of the Singapore Art Week and takes place from 12 to 15 January 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Vernissage will be held on 11 January.

Tickets may be purchased from all Marina Bay Sands Ticketing Counters, Marina Bay Sands Sales Website, all SISTIC Counters islandwide, SISTIC Website and Art Stage Singapore Ticketing Box Office during the fair.

Priority (Early Bird) Sales: 16 November 2016 – 11 December 2016

Standard Sales: 12 December 2016– 15 January 2017

Ticket Categories (All prices stated are exclusive of SISTIC Booking Fee):

Early Bird (1 Day Pass) S$26.00

Early Bird (4 Day Pass) S$52.00

Standard Ticket (1 Day Pass) S$32.00

Standard Ticket (4 Day Pass) S$64.00

Concession Tickets are also available for full-time students, NSFs, and senior citizens (aged 55 and above). More details on Art Stage Singapore’s official site here.

Header image: Robert Zhao, Deer Park, Japan, 2016, 84 x 121 cm archival pigment print (Image: Mizuma Gallery)

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