8 Must-Sees and Must-Do’s at ART STAGE 2017

ART STAGE is back this January 12th – 15th 2017.

Art Stage returns to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre this January '17

Art Stage will return to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands this January 2017. With more than 170 galleries from 33 countries participating this year, this year’s Art Stage looks set to be a bustling affair. Wondering where to start? As your definitive events and lifestyle guide, we’ve put together a checklist of 8 must-sees and must-do’s at this year’s edition of Southeast Asia’s premiere art fair event.


#8 Eddie Hara – Uncle to Young Indonesian Artists

"There's something kinky going on over here 2016" (Photo Credits: Nadi Gallery)
“There’s something kinky going on over here 2016” (Photo Credit: Nadi Gallery)

With his single hoop earring, Eddie Hara would fit right in with the head-bopping youths at Laneway Fest (happening third week of January). But make no mistake, the Switzerland-based artist has had a successful three-decade long career.

His works, influenced by street art, comics and the subculture are often depicted in bright colours and act as social commentaries. What will he have to say about 2016, a year marked by political corruption and the passing of many beloved celebrities?

Hear Eddie Hara’s commentaries at Nadi Gallery booth at ART STAGE 2017.


#7 Miya Ando – Metal Whisperer

Miya Ando x Sudram Tagore Gallery
Miya Ando (Photo Credit: Sudram Tagore Gallery)

Even though Miya Ando has a Bang & Olufsen collab under her belt, 2017 will mark the year as her debut at Art Stage.

She’s a 38-year-old half-Japanese half-Russian artist who has perfected a method of dyeing anodised aluminium, which creates a soft but permanent colour change to the metal, resulting in works that at times resemble reflections upon water, and at times hazy sceneries.

Enter an alternate world at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Booth A7.


#6  Livin’ La Vida Imelda – a Performance by Carlos Celdran

Carlos Celdran "Livin' La Vida Imelda" Performance (Photo Source: Carlos Celdran)
Carlos Celdran will entertain event goers with his “Livin’ La Vida Imelda” Performance (Photo Credit: Carlos Celdran)

Performance artist and HIV/AIDS awareness activist Carlos Celdran will be walking the fair grounds carrying book of vintage photographs and a boom box playing disco music, while dressed in bell bottom jeans.

His performance will re-enacts life in the Philippines during the 70’s, where the flamboyant Imelda Marcos served as First Lady, and how her extravagance impacted the people.

Daily at various timings.


#5 Southeast Asia Forum

Max Haiven Co-Author of "A Soft Spot in a Hard Place" (Photo Credit: Max Haiven)
Max Haiven Co-Author of “A Soft Spot in a Hard Place” (Photo Credit: Max Haiven)

Titled “Net Present Value: Art, Capital, Futures”, the 2017 forum will focus on capitalism, in particular how ideals and money interact and influence each other in the art market.

The agenda includes an exhibition and a series of lectures. Speakers include authors Max Haiven and Suhail Malik, and founder of Grey Projects, Jason Wee.

Click here for the full agenda.


#4 Waterkasteel: Canto

Waterkastell Canto 2015 (Photo Credit: Lawangwangi Creative Space)
Waterkastell Canto 2015 (Photo Credit: Lawangwangi Creative Space)

Meet 26-year-old Eldwin Pradipta who became a full fledged artist only in 2012, is adept at using new media and is the name to watch.

Waterkasteel: Canto is a mesmerising installation consisting chicken coops and bird cages, superimposed with a video projection. Who knew huh? That your pet budgie’s home could be transformed thus.

Located at the Southeast Asia Forum Exhibition.


#3 Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art

Aye Ko (Photo Credit: Aye Ko)
Aye Ko (Photo Credit: Aye Ko)

This year’s nominees are Indonesian contemporary artist Arahmaiani, and Burmese artists Aye Ko and Chaw Ei Thein.

We are rooting for 52-year-old Aye Ko who also runs free art education programs in Yangon. He lost out last year to Lee Wen – who is, in many ways, Aye Ko’s Singapore contemporary.

Both suffered setbacks when they sought to express themselves through performance. The National Art Council of Singapore, for a decade, had banned funding for performance artists, while performance art was deemed illegal in Myanmar up until 2012.


#2 Yodogawa Technique

"Chinu, Uno" by Yodogawa Technique (Photo Credit: Yukari Art)
“Chinu, Uno” by Yodogawa Technique (Photo Credit: Yukari Art)

So the story goes that in 2003, two artists in Osaka, Hideaki Shibata and Kazuya Matsunaga, decided to clean up the rubbish floating along the Yodogawa River, and with whatever they collected, create works of art.

This Samaritan act and the sculptures won the duo attention from the media and critical success in the arts scene.

Discover the Yodogawa Technique at Mizuma Gallery, Booth C7.


#1 Collector’s Stage

Enin Supriyanto (Photo Source: Rustikaherlambang.com/2008/11/09/enin-supriyanto)
Enin Supriyanto (Photo Source: Rustikaherlambang.com/2008/11/09/enin-supriyanto)

Following the success of Collector’s Stage in Jakarta last August, six local collectors will open up their private collections to Singapore fair patrons.

We reckon Collector’s Stage will be the highlight of this edition, curated by famous Indonesian curator and author Enin Supriyanto– who takes a Herb and Dorothy approach to collecting art,

“Sometimes, we generalize that these (art collections) are an accumulation of wealth. Why don’t we consider them an accumulation of knowledge? It is about creating a platform so that knowledge can be shared.” – Enin Supriyanto, Curator and Author


Art Stage 2017 takes place Jan 12 – 15 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Basement 2.

Tickets are available from SISTIC or at the door, starting from SGD $35.00 (inclusive of SISTIC booking fee) for a 1-day pass.


Celeste Yap

Contributing Writer

Reviews are her forte! Having written for various publications locally and abroad, especially for Mediacorp's suite of lifestyle publications, Celeste Yap brings a fresh interpretation to the lifestyle section of Covered Asia.

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