There was an exhibition event, parallel to Art Stage, showing some works from major private collections of the region. A lot of space was required, so there were two venues - SAM and the Helutrans warehouse.
I must say that the SAM show contained better works I think, and I tend to love the way they do things there, but to go out to Helutrans (middle of nowhere, surrounded by cranes and giant containers) and take the lift up (with the Rubells - very starstuck, haha) was reallly really fun. When the lift doors opened we were greeted with Handel's Messiah (a favourite piece of music from my childhood!) blasting from a pottery Choir. Here's a photo, courtesy of the Art Stage official website:
A Singapore piece: Jane Lee @ SAM, this huge work was next to the staircase covering two floors, not sure how it is installed - or uninstalled?!
A few more works from the offsite show at Helutrans, courtesy of the Art Stage official website:
the noisy and creepy barbed wire machine
It was such a treat to be able to see these works in person. We have some very brave, forward-thinking private collectors in Southeast Asia who not only have a keen eye, but are also very passionate about supporting the growth and recognition of local talent. It is admirable and exciting. Congratulations to all who loaned work for the Art Stage parallel event.
Some of the artists whose work was on show:
I Nyoman Masriadi
Fang Li Jun