The Museum of Art & Design, or MAD in short, was started in 2009 with the sole purpose of promoting and making art and design accessible to everyone.
Since then, it has succeeded as a place where people from all walks of life gather to discover, interact and be inspired by the art and design world.
Founder and creative visionary Jasmine Tay is a veteran and a heavy weight in the industry. As a fine artist herself, she also found her strength in spotting emerging talent as well as curating quality art pieces for her galleries.
Jasmine Fine Art Gallery was her first foray in the early 1990s where she proved to be a bold and shrewd gallerist with her opening show helmed by China’s most celebrated realist painter, Luo Zhongli. Since then, his body of work – including the famous piece ‘Father’ which was created when he was still a student – won him the coveted top prize in the National Youth Arts Exhibition as well as earned him a place on the list of China’s most influential figures in contemporary art.
In 2007, she successfully initiated the first contemporary art exhibition titled ‘Idealism’ for Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi together with the Singapore Art Museum. Like several artists selected by Tay, he went on to become a big name in the international art market. Since 2007, he has held several solo exhibitions in key galleries notably the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole. And in late October of 2013, the prestigious Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris paid tribute to his immense artistry with the most comprehensive retrospective of 40 paintings and sculptures.
At the same time, the French publication ‘Art Actuel’ featured his artwork on its cover and lauded him as the world’s number one painter. His commissioned piece ‘From 1830 to Now, No. 4’ in 2014 once again focused the international spotlight on him as the second living Chinese artist whose work is now shown alongside classic masterpieces at the Louvre in Paris.
With a keen eye for talent and potential, Jasmine Tay is one of the first and foremost in South East Asia to bring in and promote many such contemporary Chinese artists, all of whom have since rocketed to fame under her guidance. When it comes to spotting the next big talent, she follows her own instinct and experience. She is well loved by these artists for her complete faith and support for their creative vision and process.
Artweek 2017: Super Future
As we put 2016 to sleep and embark on a New Year ahead, MAD Museum of Art & Design presents an exciting and thought-provoking group show, SUPER FUTURE, which reflects on the current state of the world (be it political, social, economical or anthropological) whilst utilizing the most cutting-edge of technological possibilities to dazzling effect. This exhibition is one of the satellite events that takes place during Singapore Art Week 2017 and which I feel, addresses directly some of the most pertinent issues the world is currently facing right now.
I have always been a fan of works that have a strong message, be it street art-influenced works or furniture design that are pushing the creative envelope and challenging the way art and its medium can be interpreted. These artworks from Europe, which is the first time that they are being presented here, certainly represent these qualities with their vivid imageries and elaborate craftsmanship which reflect the possibilities of future technological advances all the same.
About the Exhibition
Featuring the works of more than 10 contemporary European artists making their debut in Singapore, the show is a colorful and funky hodgepodge of original paintings, prints and high-end furnishings sourced and curated by MAD Museum’s founder Jasmine Tay, in collaboration with Manfredi Moretti, founder and creative director of Manfredi Style, that will evoke the senses with their often humorous, clever yet satirical nature.
Highlights at this mammoth group show include the works of Alessandro Rabatti, whose Facebank series of prints reflect on the tumultuous state of world currency with a playful eye, juxtaposing images of bank notes from all over the world with motifs from comic book superheroes (a wry commentary on today’s opportunistic globalization), as well as the state-of-the-art furniture by Leonardo Di Caprio, who incidentally, share the same name as the famous Hollywood actor. Di Caprio’s stunning marquetry-inspired works are all individually assembled and lacquered by hand, featuring cutting-edge geometric designs inspired by Brazilian jewelry motifs.
There will also be special collaborative street art works by artists Uriginal and Btoy (the latter whom was also previously invited by Banksy for a special collaboration) which touch on political and social matters; the space-like modular designs by Niccolo Poggi which evoke futuristic landscapes; intricate and genre-pushing furniture works by Nynke Koster, which are made out of customized rubber and evoke architectural fragments from the past; antique-inspired by artist Bianco Bianchi and designer Sara Ricciardi which evoke 17th-18th century Europe; special coffee table collaborations by furniture makers Carrara Design Factory and five up-and-coming designers; colorful sculptures by Dario Tironi which reimagines the human body in future times; and even more state-of-the-art street artworks by duo Orticanoodles, who have been hailed by Banksy as the future of street art. With so many glorious European art stars under one roof, the future of art and design is certainly looking very bright indeed.
In only 5 years, Singapore's very first private museum has become a name often associated with the most refreshing line up of events and exhibitions that celebrate the best of art, design and life. The award-winning Museum of Art and Design (MAD) is centered greatly on making art accessible to the masses; educating, exciting and extending the world of art to people from all walks of life.
MAD continues to strive to be a nurturing space where ideas and new art concepts are generated and formed; an environment that is conductive to endless creativity and change. New, with a newer, much bigger and more exciting venue, there will be more opportunities for the regional art design scene to flourish.
In addition, with a cigar bar and a cafè, the Museum hopes to stand apart from the rest by providing not just a larger space that is art-centric but also a dynamic event venue. There is a special garden called Art of Sculpture for bigger art pieces as well as outdoor events to be easily held here. The Museum warmly welcomes collaboration and hopes to engage and enhance the visitor experience in different ways.
For those looking to host their events or launches, MAD is modular space of over 19,000 sq. ft. means an ease and flexibility to customise the right amount of space for any event. There will also be a comprehensive suite of services on offer to tailor to be different needs of each event in order to make it special and memorable.
From an intimate wedding, a business conference or a big show to launch a product, MAD can offer flexible and novel solutions for any party size and occasion.
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Spanning two levels, the gallery provides a glamorous and avant-garde space for product launches, shows, networking, cocktails and more. The Museum also offers 40 parking lots reserved just for visitors and guests.
Cigar and Whisky bar
Enjoy smokes and premium whisky at the bar’s settings that exudes both strong sophistication and a relaxed air of old world charm. The bar is an ideal venue for an informal get together and a great night out with friends and close associates.
The Museum’s cafè offers a carefully curated rang of tasty bites that can be enjoyed in the midst of beautiful art pieces and furnishings. Set against the gallery’s minimalistic and modern dècor, the cafè is an ideal venue for the next corporate luncheon or birthday celebration. The cafè space can also be extended into the galley’s outdoor Sculpture Garden to add a lovely al fresco feature to engagement parties and exquisite dinners.
From intimate weddings to corporate meets, the MAD chefs can create a bespoke menu for any occasion.
Certain sculptures created by some of the Museum’s featured artists will be shown in a more natural setting of the lush little green garden, amidst fragrant flowers and tropical topiary located at the side of the Museum. The Art of Sculpture will be a blissful respite for a meditative experience of sculptures and creative installations outside of the gallery walls. Sculpture of art will also add an air of artistry and beauty to tea parties and others outdoor events held here.
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