Besides being known for its gardens, Singapore is also known as Southeast Asia’s most innovative and creative arts hub. Here’s a simple guide to the city’s best art galleries
TAKSU Gallery is one of Singapore’s leading contemporary art galleries and represents established global players as well as some of the brightest, freshest and most innovative talent in the region, all with what has been described as ‘an unmistakable urban edge.’
TAKSU is a melting pot of creatives and academics and the ethos of the gallery is to promote dialogue and friendship between artists and at the gallery you can see collages, paintings, murals, multi-media art and pieces by artists from all over the world.
2. Chan Hampe Galleries
Located on the ground floor of Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade, this gallery focusses on exhibiting and promoting contemporary Singaporean art, providing a crucial platform for promising local talent.
3. Mizuma Gallery
First in Tokyo, then in Beijing and now in Gillman Barracks, Singapore’s premier creative hub, the Mizuma Gallery specialises in Japanese artists with more than a nod to the Land of the Rising Sun’s traditions from artists such as Ai Weiwei, Aida Makoto, Yoshitaka Amano and Yamaguchi Akira.
To get their art to as big an audience as possible, you will see Mizuma’s Japanese and Indonesian artists at a number of the world’s biggest art fairs including Art Stage Singapore and Art Basel Hongkong.
4. Galerie Bartoux
Isabelle and Robert Bartoux have created Galerie Bartoux specialising in contemporary art; more specifically artists who have made significant contributions to surrealism, new realism, cubism and pop and street art in the 20th century. The stunning space at ION Orchard contains some incredible pieces by household names including Picasso, Dali, Chagall, Damien Hirst, Roy Liechtenstein, Richard Orlinksi and Andy Warhol.
In an attempt to raise awareness and appreciation for contemporary art, the gallery will often take works outdoors and display them in prominent areas, including recently Julien Marinetti’s famous pandas so next time you’re out and about on Singapore’s streets, you may well be standing next to a million-dollar installation without knowing it!
Internationally renowned German art dealer Matthias Arndt’s eponymous gallery showcases works by both international and South-East Asian artists.
6. Ikkan Art Gallery
Since opening in May 2011, this boutique gallery has already featured established blue-chip artists from America, Europe and Japan such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami, as well as modern masters such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Ikkan firmly caters to the higher end of the market and exhibits an impressive collection of international contemporary art across a variety of styles. Eight thousand square feet of gallery space is divided between five brightly lit rooms, which holds an eclectic selection of work from over twenty international photographers including the late Czech Miroslav Tichy and Beijing shutterbug Hai Bo.