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Made any plans this weekend? If you haven’t, ART SG offers lots to see and experience from now till January 15. Featuring over 160 galleries from 35 countries and territories around the world, Southeast Asia’s largest-ever art fair boasts a vibrant, dynamic line-up. From exceptional artworks to experimental films and insightful talks, there’s something for all art lovers.

Ahead, we round up all the unmissable highlights and what you can look forward to at the event.

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Experience significant artworks by leading and emerging artists

Hailing from the world’s best galleries, expect artworks, arresting installations and large-scale sculptures by renowned names like Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst and Banksy, as well as emerging artists from the region and beyond. NEW/NOW introduces new collectors to emerging talents at more affordable price points under US$10,000, featuring rising talents as well as smaller or alternative format artworks by established names across different mediums. 

ART SG’s Reframe spotlights digital art and blockchain creations such as NFTs. Exhibitors include digital art and new media pioneers bitforms gallery and Kate Vass Galerie, established multi-disciplinary spaces as well as leading new media artists.

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Catch a curated selection of films and video art

Screened in collaboration with ArtScience Museum and curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong—curator at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok—Fabricated Realities: Video Art and Film from Southeast Asia and Beyond addresses complex contemporary issues such as time, fiction-making, migration and artificial intelligence which challenge the perception of our history, and manifest the differing realities of the artists. We are looking forward to catching Async – First Light, a collaboration between acclaimed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, to And A Great Sign Appeared, a video on Asian openbill storks by Singaporean artist Robert Zhao.

Learn from the best in the industry

Inspiring talks and conversations around contemporary art in Southeast Asia are set to take place with Art SG Perspectives, a curated program with discussions by notable speakers including Prof. Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Bangkok Art Biennale; Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, 24th Biennale of Sydney.

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Other exciting activations

Experience the all-new BMW 7 Series with its Digital Art Mode, which offers drivers an additional option to personalise their driving experience according to their preferences and interests. Also check out David Shrigley’s iconic drawings at the Ruinart Art Bar and Malaysian artist Jun Ong‘s artwork that delves into the shifting of time at The Hour Glass booth.