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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Singapore

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Contemporary art exhibition, Arin Rungjang, They Beat Your Father 他们殴打你的父亲 at ShanghART, Singapore
3 August–30 November 2019 Arin Rungjang They Beat Your Father 他们殴打你的父亲 ShanghART, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Chun Kwang Young, Collisions: Information, Harmony and Conflict at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
22 November 2019–1 February 2020 Chun Kwang Young Collisions: Information, Harmony and Conflict Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
23 November–31 December 2019 Group Exhibition Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Ahmad Abu Bakar, THE LAND OF THE HEAVENLY SKY at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
23 November–22 December 2019 Ahmad Abu Bakar THE LAND OF THE HEAVENLY SKY Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Melati Suryodarmo, Memento Mori at STPI, Singapore
24 November 2019–27 January 2020 Melati Suryodarmo Memento Mori STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Ruben Pang, Pre-Heaven at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore
15 January–16 February 2020 Ruben Pang Pre-Heaven Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore

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Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in ‘Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee Seung-taek, in which...

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S.E.A. Focus and Singapore Art Week 2019 Ocula Report S.E.A. Focus and Singapore Art Week 2019 1 Feb 2019 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

Art fairs are like the Hydra—chop one head off and several more sprout up in its place. This month saw the inauguration of two new fairs in Asia alone, with Taipei Dangdai kicking off in the third week of January, followed by S.E.A. Focus the very next week in Singapore (24–27 January 2019). February also sees the launch of the first edition...

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Art After Dark x Singapore Art Week 2019 Ocula Photolog
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Art After Dark x Singapore Art Week 2019 25 January 2019

During the January 2019 edition of Art After Dark, the visual arts precinct hosted the inaugural boutique art fair, S.E.A Focus, organised by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery. Gillman Barracks also presented brand new exhibitions and exciting programmes by our resident galleries and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Magnus Renfrew Ocula Conversation Magnus Renfrew

Magnus Renfrew has twice been named by ArtReview as one of the 100 most influential figures in the international art world. In 2008, he came to prominence in Asia's art world and within the wider global scene when he was appointed founding director of Art HK. The fair was subsequently acquired by MCH Group and re-branded in 2013 under Renfrew's...

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A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 Ocula Report A Change of Scene: Art Stage Singapore 2018 9 Feb 2018 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

This year marked the eighth edition of Art Stage Singapore (26–28 January 2018), founded with the goal of bringing together galleries and art from Southeast Asia under the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The fair was, in its initial years, seen as Singapore's answer to Art Basel, but with a distinct regional...

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Between abstraction and interaction: A report from Singapore Ocula Report Between abstraction and interaction: A report from Singapore 20 Oct 2016 : Alice Russotti for Ocula

When I first went to see Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be (2016), an installation at Yeo Workshop by Singaporean artist Stephanie Jane Burt, I was reminded of a work by another young, and increasingly recognised Singaporean artist, Dawn Ng, How to Disappear into a Rainbow (2016), which I had seen a few months previously at the Hermes Aloft Space,...

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Face off: The Singapore art scene Ocula Report Face off: The Singapore art scene 19 Jan 2016 : Sherman Sam for Ocula

Contemporary Singapore, as most observers of the island state will know, is a place that has grown enormously successful despite the shock of its early separation from a federation with Malaysia. Celebrating its golden jubilee last year, and branded in typical Singaporean fashion as ‘SG50’, there was excitement in some circles over the...

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Home-grown art fair with regional focus Related Press Home-grown art fair with regional focus The Straits Times : 10 October 2018

A new home-grown boutique art fair called S.E.A. Focus will be held in January. Open to the public from Jan 24 to 27 at Gillman Barracks, it will feature about 25 local and international galleries and focus on modern and contemporary South-east Asian art.Organised by Singapore's STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, it will take place in a...

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Will the Real Singapore Arts Scene Please Stand Up? Related Press Will the Real Singapore Arts Scene Please Stand Up? Plural Art : 28 July 2018

Much has been said about the Singapore visual art scene in recent weeks.Depending on which media outlet one might be reading, the country seems to be lurching from being a much-lauded hub to one of abject 'stagnation.' Sometimes, 'ground is lost to Hong Kong,' and other times, it is a leaky bog of a landscape which requires emergency...

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Singapore to get two new art fairs – can Art SG and SEA Focus succeed where others have failed? Related Press Singapore to get two new art fairs – can Art SG and SEA Focus succeed where others have failed? South China Morning Post : 26 July 2018

Will Singapore's art market get its 'Hong Kong moment' next year? The city's art community hopes so. It wants to replicate Hong Kong's success following an announcement that the co-founders of Art HK are to launch a Singapore art fair along with Art Basel's owner, Switzerland's MCH Group.It is a partnership with a formidable track record, so it is...

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MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS: DINH Q. LÊ Related Press MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS: DINH Q. LÊ ArtAsiaPacific : 4 July 2018

In his solo exhibition at Singapore's STPI—Creative Workshop & Gallery, titled Monuments and Memorials, multidisciplinary artist Dinh Q. Lê pursued the cultural and political trajectories of Cambodia through distinct moments in its history, interweaving lovely imagery of stone friezes from the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex with stark...

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Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week art agenda : 23 February 2018

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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Singapore Art Week 2018 The East Gears Up For Top Art Event Related Press Singapore Art Week 2018 The East Gears Up For Top Art Event Artlyst : 13 January 2018

Singapore rolls out the welcome mat to lovers of international art for Singapore Art Week 2018. This vibrant visual art showcase takes place from 17-28 January.The 12-day celebration, now in its sixth year, stretches between venues across Singapore. Museums and galleries host some exciting events in precincts, and iconic destinations including the...

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CRUMBLE, CRUMBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE Related Press CRUMBLE, CRUMBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE Pauline x Usha : 4 December 2017

The House is Crumbling, the latest installation by renowned Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak, specially commissioned for the National Gallery Singapore's Light to Night Festival 2018, is a visual and sensorial treat. The installation will be open to the public from today, 4 December 2017, at the Koh Seow Chuan Gallery and, when the Light to Night...

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“Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Related Press “Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Art Radar : 27 October 2017

Brisbane- and Manila-based artist couple, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, have travelled to many parts of the world. The installation artists often work closely with the communities they enter, creating site-specific artworks that explore themes of home, longing and loss. "It is always a collective effort," says Isabel Aquilizan. As their...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, S.E.A. Focus 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
24–27 Jan 2019 S.E.A. Focus 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, MIA&D Fair Singapore at Ocula Advisory, London
24–26 Oct 2014 MIA&D Fair Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Stage Singapore at Ocula Advisory, London
16–19 Jan 2014 Art Stage Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Singapore Art Week at Ocula Advisory, London
13–19 Jan 2014 Singapore Art Week

About Singapore

Over the course of Singapore's independence since 1965, the city-state has cultivated a strong arts scene comprised of a range of museums, galleries, and independent art spaces, positioning is a top cultural destination in Southeast Asia.

Approximately ten kilometres west of Singapore's Downtown Core is Gillman Barracks—an arts precinct situated in a former military barracks. The leafy enclave is home to 11 galleries—including Chan + Hori Contemporary, ShanghART, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, and Yavuz Gallery—that exhibit work by artists from Singapore and further afield. At the helm of Gillman Barracks is the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). Directed by Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore's extensive exhibition and public programme includes talks, workshops, and performances that contribute to Singapore's intellectual life and knowledge production—the Centre itself being tied to Nanyang Technological University.

Other than its rolling exhibitions, a number of popular arts events take place at Gillman Barracks throughout the year, including Art After Dark—a biannual open house event that sees pop-ups, performances, and live music accompany late-night exhibitions at the galleries. In 2019, the January edition of Art After Dark overlapped with the inaugural S.E.A. Focus—a showcase of Southeast modern and contemporary art by a selection of international and local galleries, hosted by STPI.

Established in 2002, STPI is located on the banks of the Singapore River, comprising a 400-square-metre gallery space, with workshops that support artistic projects in the mediums of print and paper. A non-profit organisation, STPI collaborates with artists from around the world, including Carsten Höller, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Ashley Bickerton, Aaron Curry, Sam Durant, and Heri Dono, to name but a few. STPI also runs a regular schedule of public programmes, including screenings, talks, and tours.

Beyond Gillman Barracks, other galleries in Singapore include Gajah Gallery, which is situated in a large industrial space in Tanjong Pagar—an historic district where visitors can find Maxwell Food Centre, home to the famed Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. Established in 1996, Gajah Gallery has held an important position in the development of the Southeast Asian arts scene, supporting artists from across the region such as Yunizar, Erizal As, and Handiwirman Saputra. The gallery also has a space in Yogyakarta, a dynamic arts hub of Indonesia.

Independent arts spaces in the city include Grey Projects and The Substation. The former is located in the bustling neighbourhood district of Tiong Bahru—one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, known for its distinctive, white architecture. Focusing on design, writing, and curatorial research, this multidisciplinary project space hosts exhibitions by local and international artists, and conducts regular reading groups, talks, and residencies, many of which are conducted as exchanges with residency partners including Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea.

The Substation is one of Singapore's more subversive arts spaces, supporting experimental arts practices since its founding in 1990 by the late playwright Kuo Pao Kun. Each year, an overarching theme informs The Substation's programming. In past years, themes have included 'Cities change. People die. Everything you know goes away.​' (June 2018–April 2019)—'an exploration of ​how​ and ​why​ heritage is a political and emotional topic for the public.' The programming according to these themes is eclectic, from theatre to panels and exhibitions across The Substation's multi-use venue.

Ten minutes' walk away from The Substation is the National Gallery Singapore—the city's foremost arts institution, built in the former City Hall and Supreme Court. Opened in 2015, the Gallery holds the world's largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern art, some of which is visible across the 64,000-square-metre venue in exhibitions such as Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, an impressive historical overview of the art history of Southeast Asia, containing over 300 artworks. Large-scale international exhibitions include Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. in 2019—an ambitious survey of Minimalism and its legacy in the 20th and 21st centuries across the globe.

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) accompanies National Gallery Singapore as the city's contemporary art museum. Since 2011, SAM has been commissioned by the National Arts Council to organise the Singapore Biennale, which was established in 2006 as a platform for dialogue around contemporary art. LASALLE College of the Arts' Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore joins SAM and NTU CCA Singapore at the forefront of institutional contemporary art exhibition and production. Like NTU CCA Singapore, the Institute is tied to one of Singapore's universities, placing it as another critically informed destination for the arts.

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