Next year is set to be momentous for Singapore as the city-state celebrates 50 years’ independence in August with many events planned throughout the year to celebrate the occasion. One of the first of the year will be a contemporary art exhibition opening January 15 at the Art Science Museum.
Prudential Singapore Eye will present the major survey of local contemporary art kicking off Singapore Art Week and running alongside the international art fair, Art Stage Singapore (22—25 January) as well as the second Prudential Eye Awards for Asian Contemporary Art (22 January).
About 25 artists will have been selected by an international curatorial panel for the exhibition which will be accompanied by a comprehensive book featuring a wider selection of 75 of Singapore’s contemporary artists. The book will be published by the Eye Programme in partnership with Italian publisher Skira and launched in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition.
Collectors and philanthropists Serenella and David Ciclitira founded the Prudential Eye Programme in 2009 in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery, and the Singapore initiative is the latest expansion to surveys that have already covered art scenes in Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.
“Singapore is fast gaining recognition as a capital for cultural exchange within the global arts community and together with Art Stage Singapore, we hope to kick-off the Jubilee celebrations with an incredible release of artistic energy within the city both during the week and after. This is a major step forward in raising awareness about the outstanding work being created by the art community in Singapore,” David Ciclitira said.