April 16 to 22
Prominent personalities in the art scene were in the limelight last week. Performance artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Lee Wen opened his much-awaited survey show at the Singapore Art Museum. Poet Alvin Pang was selected to represent the country in Poetry Parnassus, which will bring top poets from around the world to the UK in June as part of the Cultural Olympiad, running parallel to the London Olympics. The French government bestowed one of its highest cultural honours to National Heritage Board chief executive Michael Koh. He was conferred the title Officer in the Order of the Arts and Letters for his efforts in promoting French culture in Singapore, bringing exhibitions on Christian Lacroix from Centre Pompidou and Musee d’Orsay to the museums here. Meanwhile, local gallery brands will also have a strong presence at the prestigious Art Hong Kong art fair in May as Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Chan Hampe Galleries, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Gajah Gallery, Yavuz Fine Art and Richard Koh Fine Art all participate. They’ll be bringing artists like Genevieve Chua, Heman Chong, Chun Kaifeng and Vertical Submarine.