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Singapore Designers at Milan Design Week 2023
DesignSingapore Council will bring Singaporean design to the global stage with the exhibition Future Impact at Milan Design Week, the world’s largest design event. Opening to the public from 18 to 23 April 2023, Future Impact celebrates Singapore's forward-looking design and its positive impact on everyday life.Co-curated by global design thought leader and consultant Tony Chambers and Milan-based author and curator Maria Cristina Didero, Future Impact spotlights Singapore as a hub of innovation and creativity, in which impactful design solutions and technology intertwine to shape a brighter future while emphasising the urgent need for sustainability in design and production today.
March 28, 2023
The Definitive Guide to Hong Kong Exhibitions this Month
Hong Kong is brimming with events this March with exciting exhibitions around the city as well as two renowned art fairs: Art Central, and Art Basel Hong Kong 2023. Art enthusiasts, art collectors, artists, and galleries flock to the city to experience the best of Hong Kong's art world. Scroll down to check out some of the upcoming highlights!
March 20, 2023
City As Studio: A Graffiti and Street Art Exhibition by K11 MUSEA and K11 Art Foundation
From 20 March to 14 May 2023, China’s first major exhibition of graffiti and street art will be on at K11 MUSEA. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and presented by K11 Art Foundation, City As Studio coincides with Art Basel Hong Kong, and the monumental exhibition will feature over 100 works by more than 30 artists. This exhibition will showcase the breadth and depth of the graffiti and street art scene across generations, styles, and geographies.
March 16, 2023
Capella Sydney Opens in Australia!
After a seven-year restoration and renovation process, Capella Sydney is now open. Occupying an entire city block just moments from Circular Quay, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the hotel welcomes its guests to a benchmark destination of luxury accommodation, exceptional cuisine, and unrivalled cultural immersion.The Artling was appointed as the art consultant for this new establishment and worked with Capella Sydney to curate an Australian-focused art collection. Featuring a vast array of pieces ranging from ceramics, paintings, site-specific murals, textile works, photography, and more.Capella Sydney is housed within the Department of Education building, originally designed in the 1900s by NSW government architect George McRae. Forming part of the city's prestigious Sandstone Precinct, the building has been meticulously restored and reimagined by Pontiac Land.
March 14, 2023
Yoshitomo Nara’s First Australian Solo Exhibition
From 26 February to 25 June 2023, Yoshitomo Nara: Reach Out to The Moon, Even If We Can't will be on view at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA). This show marks Yoshitomo Nara's first Australian solo exhibition and brings together major sculptural works alongside paintings, drawings, ceramics, and photography by the world-renowned artist. Nara rose to international prominence in the 1990s for his exquisitely rendered, instantly recognisable portraits of alternately sweet and vicious big-headed figures and melancholic figurative sculptures. His work in all mediums is the result of his innovative distillation of an enormous array of references and inspirations. These include memories of growing up in rural Northern Japan amidst the lingering presence of World War II, political events of the 1960s and 1970s, the sound and graphics of pop, rock and folk music, literature, art from Japan’s Edo and modern period, as well as the new expressionism he encountered while studying and living in Germany in the late 1980s and 1990s. All of which, and more, is finely honed into work that is both intimate and worldly, full of rebellious protest and powerful poise.
February 02, 2023
London Art Fair Returns!
London Art Fair has returned to launch the international art calendar at Islington’s Business Design Centre from 18-22 January 2023. Explore an exceptional line-up of over 100 leading Modern and Contemporary galleries from across the globe. Discover emerging and established contemporary artists alongside an outstanding selection of 20th century masters. Engage with sensational live performances, immersive installations and an inspiring programme of talks and tours which will provide a timely review of the art market today, highlight trends in photographic practice, share tips on building your art collection, and more.
January 16, 2023
The Hour Glass Unveils Doppelgänger by Jun Ong at ART SG
The Hour Glass, Associate Partner of ART SG, the inaugural edition of the largest art fair in Southeast Asia and the Oceanic region, presents Malaysian artist Jun Ong's newly-commissioned work, Doppelgänger. Project managed by The Artling, the work will be on display at basement 2, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and open to all ART SG visitors. Since 1979, The Hour Glass has constantly sought to establish new avenues that draw parallels between the beauty of watchmaking art with the universe of contemporary visual arts and design. Their landmark exhibition, "Then Now Beyond", held in 2019 on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, featured specially commissioned works by renowned artists and designers such as Daniel Arsham, nendo, and Marc Newson. The Hour Glass’s commitment as a prosecutor of culture and the arts is long-standing, from prominent works of art featured throughout their various corporate offices and boutiques to bespoke projects in collaboration with acclaimed international artists. For the inaugural edition of Art SG, The Hour Glass has selected emerging Malaysian talent, Jun Ong, as its first artist for its multi-year sponsorship of the fair.
January 11, 2023
Portrait Art 101 - A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Buy Portraiture Art
Everyone knows what a portrait is, where all you need is a face, a chosen perspective, and a painter’s eye. Every art collector should own a portrait, and The Artling’s guide will explain how to look at, choose and buy portraiture art!
January 07, 2023
Dawn Ng's New Installation at National Gallery Singapore
In conjunction with Light to Night 2023, Singaporean artist Dawn Ng presents her latest work: There is a Window in My Eye if You Look in You Will See the Sky. This work is an emotive and meditative response to the festival's theme and draws attention to the passing of time. With a visual mechanic that recreates the circadian rhythm of dawn to dusk, the installation prompts visitors to reflect on the passing of time.
January 06, 2023
Your Guide to Singapore Art Week 2023!
Singapore Art Week (SAW) returns with its 11th edition from 6 to 15 January 2023! Helmed by the National Arts Council (NAC), the event brings together local and international art enthusiasts, collectors, and the curious to congregate at Singapore's premier visual arts season. An annual pinnacle event in Asia’s visual arts calendar, SAW 2023 will see over 700 artists and curators from Singapore and around the globe to present more than 130 programmes and exhibitions. This edition serves as a nexus for creative collaborations where artists can expand new forms of art even beyond their usual practice, providing a platform for them to build capabilities and strengthen cross-sector collaborations such as Art x Design and Art x Tech. With its continued focus on thought leadership, SAW 2023 will also present a consolidation of panels and talks featuring invited artists and experts to share insights and experiences on pertinent topics in the art world today. Bringing together players from the Singapore and international visual arts ecology, this edition will also see two significant art fairs taking place – homegrown art platform S.E.A. Focus, as well as the inaugural edition of ART SG. With the return of the Singapore Pavilion from the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and the ongoing Singapore Biennale, SAW 2023 exemplifies the strength and unity of Singapore's visual arts community in creating a distinctive city for the arts.
January 05, 2023
Best of The Artling: 2022 Highlights
Another year has flown by and we're nearing the end of 2022! Before we move into the new year, we reflect on the year that has passed and some of our accomplishments. The world re-opened, and we were pleased to still see strong interest in supporting artists and designers from all over the world. We worked on some exciting projects this year such as public murals, office spaces and hotels, and we even presented an exhibition in Zurich. Read on to find out more!
December 26, 2022
Benjamin El Doghaili on Creating Europe's Most Exciting Hotel Concept
Mama Shelter is probably one of the most exciting new hospitality concepts in Europe. Launched in 2008 by the Triagno family, the brand shook up the hospitality scene with their daring "urban refuge" concept. Their very first property opened in Paris's 20th district and quickly became famous for their one-of-a-kind concept which combines hospitality, cheekiness, food and good people. Since 2008 the brand has grown and is now embracing properties in three different continents, nine countries and fourteen cities with more opening in the pipeline. We sat down with Benjamin El Doghaili, the Head of Design for Mama Shelter and a creative mastermind in his own right. You are the Head of Design for Mama Shelter, a hospitality brand which is inspired by the idea of creating a different kind of hotel experience combining urban design, affordability and a touch of new-wave glamour. Can you tell us a little more about the Mama Shelter vision? Mama Shelter is a brand created 14 years ago by Trigano gang, Serge, the father, Benjamin and Jérémie, the two sons. The initial idea was to create something never seen before in the hospitality business. Some glamourous places in an area where there used to be no hotels, with a certain kind of social approach. The staff is careful but never stays standing by a front desk. They’re young and fancy looking. These are the people you see down the street. Design was unique due to the amount available for that, a very low one. From this difficulty, you make choices, you simplify and finally you have a kind of subtract that makes it so unique in its radicality. Everybody is welcome at Mama Shelter, youngsters, families, elders, you can be on your own or with your team! You feel this everywhere in every corner, from the restaurant to the bar, from the lobby to the rooms, everywhere. How would you say Mama Shelter distinguishes itself from other hotels? First, when you come from a big city, you don’t really think about Mama Shelter as a hotel but more as a restaurant, bar with hotel rooms. This seems accepted in our habits nowadays but imagine this thought 14 years ago. The design is very specific because it’s a complete piece of design. Everything you see is developed by me and my team so you will never see the same thing somewhere else. I insist on the fact that these are hotels made of design with some decoration and not decoration with some design. There is a guarantee to be out of the ordinary as I don’t want to follow design trends.
December 14, 2022