What to look out for at this year’s Singapore Contemporary

What to look out for at this year's Singapore Contemporary

Down to a fine art

Love by Roberto Dutesco

Love by Roberto Dutesco captures an affectionate moment between two nuzzling horses; the intimacy of the moment emphasised by the photograph’s warm sepia tones and soft shadows. View this, and other masterpieces at the second edition of Singapore Contemporarynext year.

Running from 19 to 22 January 2017 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, the event is a part of Singapore Art Week. With more than 90 exhibitors from 20 countries across confirmed, it promises to be even better than the inaugural edition.

Dutesco and his peers will be a part of Photo17 Singapore, the first curated platform dedicated to photography at Singapore Contemporary. The exhibition aims to promote photography as an art form through four main genres – documentary photography, fine art and conceptual photography, mixed media photography, and photo installations. You’ll get to learn more about photography as art at various talks covering the subject. Speakers include curator Patricia de la Motte from The Philanthropic Museum, whose talk is titled The Art Market and Photography: The Challenges of a New Art Medium, and Spanish photo artist Xavier Comas, with When Photography Becomes Art.

Also worthy of note is China Encounters, a returning exhibition that presents a narrative of the Chinese cultural and historical landscape. This is also a platform for up-and-coming Chinese artists who may have made a name for themselves at home, but whose works have rarely been seen outside of China.

While a bulk of the pieces on sale are priced between S$10,000 to S$50,000, there will be plenty to keep everyone busy, even if you’re not intending to make a purchase during your visit. Likely interesting to most will be the interactive artist dialogues and daily painting demonstrations. There’s nothing quite like hearing straight from the creators’ mouth and watching the creation process firsthand when it comes to understanding a work of art and the inspirations behind it.

Live art demonstrations

While a bulk of the pieces on sale are priced between S$10,000 to S$50,000, there will be plenty to keep everyone busy, even if you’re not intending to make a purchase during your visit. Likely interesting to most will be the interactive artist dialogues and daily painting demonstrations. There’s nothing quite like hearing straight from the creators’ mouth and watching the creation process firsthand when it comes to understanding a work of art and the inspirations behind it.

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Complimentary art tours will also be conducted during the exhibition. Learn about the different genres of art, or if you’re pressed for time, take part in the “Best of Show" tour to view the most highly regarded art pieces on display. For those with young children, the Kids Art Studio allows young ones to let their imagination run free through hands-on activities such as painting and drawing.

While the first day of the exhibition is by-invitation only, the rest of the days are open to public, with opening hours as follows:
20 January: 12pm – 9pm
21 January: 11am – 7pm
22 January: 11am – 6pm

Tickets are priced at S$25 for a one-day pass, and S$48 for a three-day pass. You may also bring a friend (for free) when you purchase tickets before the show commences.

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Published 9th January 2017
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