12-16 JANUARY 2011
Project Stage
Project Stage, a Fair component created to complement the galleries section and showcase curated solo projects by emerging Asian artists, made its debut with 30 projects from 12 countries.

We Are Asia
Art Stage Singapore is the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. With a deep understanding of Asia's dynamic visual arts scene, Art Stage Singapore presents the diversity of contemporary art rising from the region. At the crossroads among Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, Art Stage Singapore is also the catalyst for igniting heightened market activity in the the entire Southeast Asia region, attracting the world's most influential private art collectors, corporate buyers and VIPs.

Presenting handpicked galleries from Asian and Western countries that complement each other, Art Stage Singapore promotes dialogue not only between Asia and the West but also amongst the countries of the Asian region as well. Art Stage Singapore's consistent support of Asian galleries, artists and art practices positions the Fair as the region's international voice, representing the interests of Asian contemporary art in the global arena. With its strong Asian identity and its support of art scenes in the region, Art Stage Singapore cooperates with Asian galleries, artists and collectors to create a distinctive partnership and

networking platform. Art Stage Singapore features a three to one ratio of Asian to western galleries. Asia is often perceived as a seamless and interconnected region. The fact is, however, that the art scenes of Asia remain fragmented and disconnected from one another. Art Stage Singapore is bridging this divide with the introduction of an innovative new format that allows for a diverse, considered and comprehensive presentation of the best contemporary art from Asia.

With a special focus on Southeast Asian art scenes (Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar),

Art Stage Singapore presents the largest international showcases of Southeast Asian contemporary art to date. Art Stage Singapore is not only the 'agora' or forum for the galleries and collectors but also the rendezvous point for collectors, artists, curators and gallerists. It facilitates and encourages discourse on Asia's contemporary art scenes, and brings art specialists and enthusiasts together, under one roof.

Art Stage Singapore is founded by veteran art fair organiser, Lorenzo Rudolf. The Fair took nine years to be realised. In 2010 Art Stage Singapore was born and the first edition was held in 2011 at Marina Bay Sands. The inaugural edition of Art Stage Singapore took place from 12 - 16 January 2011. The Fair welcomed 121 galleries from 26 countries and attracted 32,000 visitors. The success of the first edition put Singapore on the global art map, and set the stage for its subsequent development.

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