Element Art Space, located at the sprawling Raffles Hotel Arcade, is a refreshing addition to Singapore’s current art scene. The gallery visually and aesthetically is a training ground for contemporary artworks and art exchange to many innovative and emerging artists from the region—such as Indonesia, Philippines, Korea and Singapore—and is also fluent passageway to artists, galleries and collectors to the rest of the world. The gallery opened in Singapore in 2009 with much fanfare.
Their inaugural exhibition, “Harmony,” featured the works of 33 international painters and sculptors, and it was the first time some of these pieces were unveiled to the Singaporean public—the marble sculpture by Fernando Botero and the goldplated sculpture by Marc Quinn were some of them. In recent years, Element Art Space has been the proud venue for groundbreaking exhibitions like “Recent Art from Indonesia: Contemporary Art Turn” in 2010, showcasing 40 emerging and established talents from Indonesia. Later that year, “Selected Singapore Master Artists” paid tribute to 18 local artists who have pioneered the arts scene here. And in March 2014, the first solo exhibition in Singapore by a contemporary Turkish artist, “Memory and Blood” by Volkan Diyaroglu, was here to an overwhelming response.
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