By Hope GainerMarina_Bay_Sands_low_res_500pxMarina Bay Sands, Singapore

Southeast Asia and specifically Singapore are getting quite a buzz these days. First up on the 2013 global art calendar was Art Stage Singapore, founded by the Swiss gentleman Lorenzo Rudolf.  This year marked the third edition of this new fair, which was staged at the iconic Marina Bay Sands from January 24-27. “Art Stage Singapore has made a great start to 2013,” said Lorenzo Rudolf, Fair Director.ArtStage_Lorenzo_Rudolf_2light

Singapore is in for a smashing success!  Art Stage Singapore already boasts 130 galleries, 600 artists, 35,000 visitors, 23 countries and growing.  This year the fair received 40,500 attendees.

Some of the most prominent art collectors from both the East and the West congregate at Art Stage Singapore including Uli Sigg, Budi Tek, Lekha Poddar, Don and Mera Rubell, Dominque and Sylvain Levy. Levy said, “I will definitely be here again next year.  At Art Stage Singapore, you can discover things that you don’t find at any other art fair, especially Southeast Asian art, and this is very interesting for me as a Westerner. Indonesian art in particular is something new to me.”

For those who couldn’t fly off to Singapore, this year the fair  introduced Art Stage +, a new digital frontier, the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.  It provided a global audience with the opportunity to interact with a fully functional virtual replica of the fair running in tandem with the physical fair.

Art Stage Singapore is more than a market platform. It is Asia’s definitive rendezvous point and place of dialogue and exchange between collectors, artists, art lovers and art enthusiast.  It has become the East/West match point and leading contemporary art fair in the Asia-Pacific area. Thus, it is the ultimate destination for the super elite of the contemporary art world and its group of globally mobile collectors, curators, dealers, galleries and art enthusiasts.

Singapore is poised to become the art hub of the Asia Pacific region and a competitive player on the global stage. At Art Stage Singapore, Asian galleries were juxtaposed against carefully curated Western galleries which complemented rather than conflicted with each other.

 Art Stage 2013 Entrance Arch 1Light`Shinji Ohmaki, Echoes – Infinity, 2010, Crystal Powder, felt, carpet, 1000 x 2500 cm. Image courtesy of Art Front Gallery.


Amongst the hectic artsy schedule after walking the art fair, listening to art talks and taking guided art tours viewing both established and emerging artists, the sites of Singapore itself beyond the borders of Art Stage Singapore were at attendees beckon call. The spectacular city view from the fair venue, Marina Bay Sands and its infinity pool literally in the clouds is a site worth seeing. Next, for the artsy folks, the  new Gillman Barracks arts district, which hosts a top tier of Southeast Asian and western galleries is a must. Then a visit to the exclusive state-of-the-art Freeport followed by the recently opened Gardens by the Bay, as well as some of the new museums.  The lotus shaped Art & Science Museum nearby is an architectural wonder.  And inside the current Lego art exhibition is a fun man-made wonder of colorful creatures and objects.Dadang_Christanto_Java_2011LightDadang Christanto, Java, 2011, Terracotta, aluminium, oil drum, Dimensions variable

As you organize your 2014 calendar, make plans to come to Art Stage Singapore next January and explore this booming region!