“Singapore Art Fair”

In the shade of the Lebanese Pavilion: a bright future for Lebanese art

The 2014 edition of Singapore Art Fair is to take place between 27 and 30 November at the Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center and represents artistic creation from the vast region known as ME.NA.SA (Middle East, North Africa, South and East Asia). With plans for this year’s fair well underway, Art Media Agency had the opportunity to meet the curator of the Lebanese Pavilion, Janine Maamari, who gave an intimate insight into the pavilion’s organisation. As a collector and curator whose knowledge of the Lebanese art scene is incontestable, the interview served as an opportunity to discover more on the most intrinsic aspects of the Lebanese art scene, including Beirut’s developing museums and new structures promoting artistic creation in a politically unstable country. Rejecting limitations Following Beirut Art Fair, Janine Maamari was asked to curate the Lebanese Pavilion by Laure d’Hauteville and Pascal Odille. The pavilion is independent and modest in size, but carries great significance: it is to unveil the first exhibition in Singapore dedicated to work by Lebanese artists. Maamari described the event as a “personal challenge”, but has refused to present just one artist, instead deciding to present a panorama of the country’s artistic offering. Inspired by the desire to discover Lebanese talent, Maamari played a central role in the selection. Eleven Lebanese contemporary artists The pavilion will present eleven Lebanese contemporary artists, including: Laudi Abilama, Mohamad-Said Baalbaki, Tagreed Darghouth, Najla El Zein, Omar Fakhoury, Bassam Geitani, Dima Hajjar, Marwan Sahmarani, Nadia Safieddine, Hiba Kalache and Alfred Tarazi. The means of expression is different for each artist, manifesting itself through installation, murals, oil painting, acrylic, photographs and more. “Art beyond violence” Contrary to her normal work ethic, Janine Maamari did not ask the artists to concentrate on a particular theme when choosing them for the Singapore space....

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First edition of Singapore Art Fair

Singapore, 7 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The inaugural edition of Singapore Art Fair is to take place between 27 and 30 November 2014. Focusing on the ME.NA.SA region (Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia), the new fair is to showcase a culturally diverse selection of work, featuring displays from around 100 galleries. The programme is also to include 20 solo exhibitions dedicated to young Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian artists. Laure d’Hauteville, director and founder of the Singapore Art Fair and Beirut Art Fair, explained: “We base ourselves on the premise that the Arab world has increasingly turned itself towards Asia and vice-versa. It was within this context that we created in 2013 the South East Asia Pavilion at the Beirut Art Fair and that we are launching in 2014 the Singapore Art Fair…With this new showcase in Asia we wish to develop the connections between these two regions and promote their cultural exchanges.” The fair – the first of its kind dedicated to artists from the ME.NA.SA region – is expected to become one of the most significant art events in Asia. It corresponds with an increase in collectors interested in the region’s art, as well as a burgeoning new art scene in the city of...

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The Milan Image Art Fair arrives in Singapore

Singapore, 23 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The MIA Fair — Milan Image Art Fair — is to take place at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 23 to 26 October 2014. The fair, which is bringing together 140 international artists, distinguishes itself by offering solo exhibitions at each stand. Half of the exhibitors at the Singapore edition are from Europe and the United States, while the other half are from the regions of Asia Pacific. The event, which specialises in photography and video art, is bringing together other artistic events organised in Singapore, such as Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair. On the Blouin Artinfo website, Fabio Castelli explains that he chose Singapore for its large investment in arts and culture. He comments that “Asians, and especially Singaporeans, enjoy global traveling and are keen collectors of international art.” His daughter Lorenza Castelli, who organised the fair, announced that the sales at the Milan edition were very good last year for established artists such as Franco Fontana and Liu Bolin, as well as for emerging artists such as Michael von Hassel and Zetta...

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