Art Stage Singapore makes a surprising new move

Art Stage Singapore makes a surprising new move

At Art Basel Miami, Lorenzo Rudolf championed Latin America's contemporary art scene and helped raise its profile. Now as director of Art Stage Singapore he aims to do the same for Indonesia. The 2013 edition of his fair will include dedicated space for Indonesian galleries and an exhibition of about 30 Indonesian artists. And in an unusual move for an art fair, Art Stage Singapore will represent about two thirds of them. “We only want to show the best, but many Indonesian artists don't work with galleries,” he said. “The infrastructure is not there.”

But how will participating galleries feel about Art Stage Singapore competing with them for sales?

On the final day of the fair in 2012 Rudolf took a small group of collectors to artists studios in Indonesia and some galleries complained they were cut out and said the move took collectors away from the fair. Rudolf acknowledged it caused some friction, but says the Indonesian pavilion will help them this time by atrracting collectors.”It is the best promotion for them,” he said. “If Indonesaia is here then there is no need to go to Indonesia.”
Image: Arahmaiani's Lobsangnima, A Young Tibetan Monk in Yishu (2011). He is one of the indonesian artist at Art Stage Singapore 2013