A Port Of Call For Artists And Collectors
The Singapore Art Gallery is a platform for up-and-coming and established visual artists from across the region to showcase their artwork. The Singapore Art Gallery is known for its exhibition of the works of national and international artists. It is an important networking and information hub for the artists and art collectors in Singapore. It also serves as a platform for public appreciation of the varied visual arts practices available in the country.
The Singapore Art Gallery regularly holds artist exhibitions and works on display in different venues, such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Saatchi Gallery and the National Museum. These venues serve as information centers for new generation artists and offer information about Singapore art and the variety of contemporary art practices available in the country. The National Museum and the Gallery are particularly strong mediums that support the growth and development of contemporary artists in Singapore. This new generation of artists is actively involved in various community-based activities and socialize with like-minded individuals from the neighborhood. Such activities further enhance the visibility of artists in the local and global art communities.
The Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Saatchi Gallery in London are the latest additions to the list of renowned Singapore art and cultural attractions. In Singapore, the biggest attraction is the Singapore Art Galleries & Special Collections. This significant Singapore art gallery houses a collection of exclusive modern and contemporary art collections, which include solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and group projects. There are also a few prominent regional artists whose work is showcased in this exhibition. Some of these artists are Mr. Lim Siow Jin, associate artist Lim Ong Jee, Tan Tien Ho and Ms. Leyla Yean Een. Several other prominent Singaporean artists whose works are showcased in this exhibition include Mr. Wee Yean Tei, Mr. Chia Koi and Ms. Chee Soon Beng.
In the same way as London sees an influx of Chinese artists who are redefining the landscape of British art scene, Singapore is witnessing the rise of Chinese artists like Wee Xiaoming, Mr. LIM Kaik and Mr. Lim Siow Jin. Another important aspect of the Chinese, contemporary art movement is the involvement of popular artists who perform within popular music groups. These artists are well known for their unique style of singing and dancing. These popular songs are sung to express the artists’ sentiments. It has been observed that the rising popularity of this Chinese contemporary art movement has led to the growth of a number of art galleries and museums in Singapore. In fact, in just three years, the number of Chinese artists in the Singapore art scene has increased by two.
Although Singapore’s Chinese community is quite vocal about their cultural heritage, they do not want the world to know about it. They have been able to preserve their rich cultural heritage by hiding their Chinese identity behind a mask of modernity. Many Singaporeans feel that by revealing too much about their traditional culture they are compromising the values and principles of their community. For example, many Chinese individuals do not want their children to go to private schools with non-Chinese teachers. They are also not keen on letting the world know about the existence of the five books of the Yellow Emperor or the Tai Chi Chuan, which were written in Chinese.
Apart from these small issues, the Singapore art scene is seeing many other significant developments. For example, the opening of the Singapore Art Gallery & Museum by the National Museum of Singapore and the launch of the Singapore Art Week are significant events in the history of Singapore. The opening of the MRT train is another signal of modernization in Singapore. The Southeast Asia’s first airport is being built by a Chinese company at the present location of Ion Orchard. In addition, there are many other projects such as the extension of the Singapore Riverside and the establishment of the MRT stations in the regions of northern and eastern coasts.