Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, Art Stage Singapore,announced this week that it will be launching a Jakarta branch with the first installment of the Indonesia fair to take place from 5 to 7 August 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel.
Welcome to February, Nipa readers. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới for everyone celebrating Tết and Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財) for everyone celebrating Chinese New Year. We wish you happiness, health and great art for the year to come. Now, just because February is the shortest month of the year, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to look forward to. We’ve rustled up a list of fun happenings in Southeast Asia’s art world for this month. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February”
Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen has been awarded the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art, making him the 2nd recipient of the award since it was first presented in 2015. Wen was shortlisted for the award last year, but was beaten out by Indonesian performance artist FX Harsono. Continue reading “Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen wins Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art”
This year Art Stage Singapore, which runs from 21 to 24 January, will introduce the Southeast Asia Forum to its program with the purpose of emphasising the balance between art, commerce and content. We’re pleased to bring you a preview of the forum’s exhibition portion, which this year will focus on urbanisation.
For the 12th year, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival delivered an astonishing and stimulating program that delighted attendees and artists from all over the world. The festival did face some controversy this year after local authorities threatened to revoke the event’s license should organisers insist on running panels and events related to the 1965 communist killings. As such, those events were cancelled, but festival goers still found spaces and opportunities to discuss the 1965 issue nonetheless as festival founder, Janet DeNeefe noted in her opening speech, ‘Beyond the panels, you can talk about anything’.