In an exhibition appropriately named “Blockbuster” the Singapore Tyler Prints Institute (STPI) in collaboration with Parkett Magazine will feature some of the biggest names in art from the last 25 years. The exhibition will consist of over 200 rare edition works. Many of the artists, such as Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, and Tracy Emin, will be showing for the first time in Singapore. The works featured will be edition works, or as the STPI refers to them “Art to have at home.” This is the largest exhibition to date at the STPI and certainly the grandest. The space will be presented as five curated rooms: a Studio, a Playroom, a Wardrobe, a City and a Garden. The show, which was previously shown at MoMA, New York, Whitechapel Art Gallery, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, is meant to inspire the next generation of young Asian artists.
Parkett Publishers was founded in Zurich in 1984 and published beautiful print edition magazines. Each magazine contains essays written by leading writers and critics and unique signed and numbered work, specially created for the magazine by artists. It is one of the most unique magazines on the art market.
Parkett is the ideal partner for STPI, which collaborated with emerging and established international artists to create unique print artworks. STPI focuses solely on the fine art works on paper, and aims to push the boundaries of print and papermaking. Founded in 2002, the institute has worked with a serious roster of established and emerging artists.
The Parkett Blockbuster Show runs from May 22 – July 10th 2010, and if you’re an arts lover in Singapore it’s a rare opportunity to see the print works of artists who are often known for their over the top installations, sculptures, and painting. Some of the major names in the exhibition are: Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Robert Rauschenberg, Dan Graham, Gilbert and George, and Pipilotti Rist, to name only a portion of the many greats featured.
Of course editions of Parkett’s magazine will be available for purchase alongside works from the many artists STPI has worked with. A highly recommended walking tour through the exhibition will take place on May 22. A huge bonus is that the admission to the exhibition is absolutely free.
Located only a few blocks from the STPI is White Line’s New Majestic Hotel. Named on Condè Nast’s Hot List, the New Majestic has their own very impressive art collection. Every room in the hotel has unique works of art, and 5 of the rooms have been styled by big names on the Singapore arts scene. There’s a fantastic Cantonese restaurant, which looks straight into the swimming pool overhead. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the international arts scene, starting locally.
Images (in order of appearance):
Ai Weiwei, Swatter, 2007
Jeff Koons, Inflatable Balloon Flower (Yellow), 1997
Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2000
Contributing writer: Alicia Reuter