Ex­pan­sion plan

Art Stage Sin­ga­pore an­nounces Jakarta edi­tion in Au­gust.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By DEEPIKA SHETTY

ART Stage Sin­ga­pore, the lead­ing con­tem­po­rary art fair in Sin­ga­pore, is launch­ing a Jakarta edi­tion.

Art Stage Jakarta, fea­tur­ing up to 50 art gal­leries mostly from In­done­sia, will take place at the Sher­a­ton Grand Jakarta Gan­daria City Ho­tel from Aug 5 to 7.

Lorenzo Ru­dolf, founder and pres­i­dent of both fairs, sees the new event as a cu­rated “bou­tique art fair” that will pro­vide a plat­form for artists, gal­leries and col­lec­tors in one of the most vi­brant art mar­kets in the re­gion.

Call­ing In­done­sia “the heart­beat of Asia”, he says the coun­try is a lead­ing cen­tre for art pro­duc­tion, with es­tab­lished art schools, such as the In­done­sian In­sti­tute of the Arts Yo­gyakarta and the Ban­dung In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, and a lively art scene, par­tic­u­larly in Jog­jakarta.

To­gether, the two fairs “of­fer seam­less and com­pre­hen­sive mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties”, deep­en­ing Art Stage’s con­nec­tions with col­lec­tors in the re­gion and strength­en­ing ties with In­done­sian artists, he adds.

Tanya Amador, a Sin­ga­pore- based arts and com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant who has worked with sev­eral art fairs, says the news comes as “a com­plete sur­prise”.

“I guess it points to the fact that South- east Asia re­mains a grow­ing mar­ket for art. From the mar­ket per­spec­tive, In­done­sia will prob­a­bly ben­e­fit from a fair as es­tab­lished as Art Stage Sin­ga­pore.

“What kind of im­pact it will have on the art eco- sys­tem in the re­gion re­mains to be seen,” she says.

Art Stage Jakarta will be man­aged by Leo Sili­tonga, who has promised the same “high stan­dards and qual­ity” that the Sin­ga­pore event stands for.

In 2014 and last year, the 50- year- old for­mer gal­lerist led Bazaar Art Jakarta as its di­rec­tor. He hopes to build Art Stage Jakarta into a plat­form for all art lovers.

Just like in Sin­ga­pore, the pro­gram­ming mix in Jakarta will in­clude dis­cus­sions and talks on var­i­ous aspects of con­tem­po­rary art. While the fo­cus will be on In­done­sian art gal­leries, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional gal­leries are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate too.

De­tails of par­tic­i­pat­ing gal­leries were not avail­able by press time.

The dates for the sev­enth edi­tion of Art Stage Sin­ga­pore have also been an­nounced.

Next year, it will be held from Jan 12 to 15 at the Ma­rina Bay Sands Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, with a by- in­vite- only vernissage on Jan 11. – The Straits Times, Sin­ga­pore/ Asia News Net­work

1 Art Stage Jakarta will fea­ture up to 50 art gal­leries and, like Art Stage Sin­ga­pore, its pro­gramme will in­clude talks on con­tem­po­rary art.

2 Vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors walk among art­works by French artist Julien Marinetti at Art Stage Sin­ga­pore in 2014.

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