Singapore artists to be showcased at Saatchi Gallery in London in a celebration of the island nation’s Golden Jubilee
A curated selection of artworks from the successful Prudential Singapore Eye exhibition will be taken to London and showcased at the Prudential Eye Zone at the Saatchi Gallery next month. It is presented as part of START Projects, which takes over the whole of the second floor of the Saatchi Gallery during START, along with exhibitions by artists involved in the Prudential Eye Awards.
With a focus on emerging artists and new art scenes, START runs from 9th September (Preview Day) to 13th September with galleries from around the world.
Prudential Singapore Eye was the latest exhibition in the Prudential Eye Programme held in early 2015 at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Kicking off Singapore's 50th
anniversary celebrations, the exhibition shone a spotlight on emerging and established Singaporean artists and was one of the largest surveys of Singapore's contemporary art scene to date. The exhibited artists were shortlisted following a stringent selection process from over 110 entries received. The Prudential Eye Zone has been curated by three of the curators of that exhibition: Serenella Ciclitira (Founder, Prudential Eye Programme), Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands) and Nigel Hurst (CEO, Saatchi Gallery).
Framed and composed to reflect Singapore's urban context and development over its 50 year history, the exhibited works range across various media including painting, installation and photography. The line-up includes Charles Lim, who is Singapore's representative at the current Venice Biennale whose works explore issues facing Singapore such as land reclamation. Other works on display include several large-scale interactive installations including Lee Wen's Ping Pong Go-Round III. This work is now one of the most well-known examples of recent Singaporean art and invites viewers to interact with one another, opening up multiple possibilities for broader dialogue. A third strand of works by artists such as Jane Lee and Jeremy Sharma are responses to the language of abstraction, each artist focusing on the transformation of the surface of the painting and where the evocation of mood takes precedence. Together the works on display offer an
overview of this exciting new art scene.
Exhibiting alongside Prudential Eye Zone at START are the works of Chim↑Pom and teamLab from Japan. Chim↑Pom (winner) and teamLab (nominee) showcased their artworks at ArtScience Museum earlier this year as part of the Prudential Eye Awards 2015, which honours outstanding art practice from across Asia. These two exceptional art collectives represent the dynamism of contemporary art practice in Asia.
Serenella Ciclitira, Founder of Prudential Eye Programme said: "The Eye Zone will showcase some of Singapore's top artists. By bringing together many different artistic expressions we trust
that our choices will engage and surprise and, above all, give visitors a glimpse into Singaporean art unique flavour and achievement."
Tomas Urbanec, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Singapore commented: "We are proud to be bringing some of Singapore's best contemporary art to London, following the successful run of Prudential Singapore Eye. We are happy to be a part of the celebrations for Singapore's Golden Jubilee by providing a platform for the nation's artists to fly our flag high at the Saatchi Gallery in
London, widely considered to be one of the world's most prominent centres for contemporary art."
Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum commented: "As a museum that sits at the intersection of arts, science and technology, ArtScience Museum is delighted to be involved in a series of exhibitions that include some of the most innovative artists from Asia. The presentation of Singapore Eye at Saatchi Gallery is a perfect way of celebrating the talent of outstanding artists from Singapore, during the country's 50th Jubilee. We are also thrilled that two of the artists we showed during the 2015 Prudential Eye Awards exhibition, teamLab and Chim↑Pom, are presenting major new artworks at START. These exhibitions, collectively, are emblematic of how exciting contemporary art in Asia is today."
Please visit www.startartfair.com for the latest updates on START's programme.
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