Is Singapore the Next Major Global Art Hub?

Will J.
In January 2023, these voices are no longer whispers. The main reason? The opening of Art SG. Organized by The Art Assembly—the conglomerate that has launched several other fairs in the Asia-Pacific region, including Sydney Contemporary and the forthcoming Tokyo Gendai—Art SG ran from January 12th through 15th and exhibited works from more than 160 exhibitors. Galleries were both local and international (around 20 were based in Singapore). The East Asian art market has seen plenty of change in the last few years. China has only just reopened to visitors after ending its zero-COVID policy, and Seoul has become an important global art destination thanks to an influx of international dealers and a successful first edition of Frieze in September. As the region recalibrates, could Singapore also set itself apart as a collecting destination?