Bloomberg’s Adam Majendie tries to explain the secret sauce that Lorenzo Rudolf has put into Art Stage Singapore which has just opened there:
“Asia’s at the point where it has to build up its own marketplace,” he said. “It makes no sense to invite Western galleries that represent the same artists as the Asian ones.”
The key for Rudolf was to attract big collectors of Asian art from around the world. He worked with Singapore’s government to set up an exhibition running parallel with the fair at theSingapore Art Museum and other venues called “Collectors’ Stage: Asian Contemporary Art From Private Collections.”
The show includes works from artists such as China’s Ai Weiwei, India’s Shilpa Gupta,Indonesia’s Masriadi and Yoshitomo Nara from Japan. Many of the works spend most of their time in the houses and private museums of big Asian-art collectors such as Sylvain Levy, Oei Hong Djien and Deddy Kusuma.
“It’s exciting to have such a collection of contemporary art from Asia like this,” said Levy, as he walked through a preview of the museum show. His DSL Collection of Chinese contemporary art contributed two works to the exhibition.