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.
An extraordinary Design fair for Asia slated for March 2015
DesignStage is intended to be a global forum on design which gathers the most influential and impactful designers, creative, collectors, galleries, curators, critics and industry people who are involved in the culture of design and commerce.
DesignStage is an international platform for design and the application of art aesthetics in our everyday life. As there are currently no such forums or fairs of its kind in Asia, it will be the first space wholly dedicated to gathering the world's most influential and promising creatives, creators, collectors, gallerists as well as critics to experience the best of design, culture and commerce.
DesignStage is intended to fill the need for our increasing appetite for beautiful things and decorative art. The show will curate the most exciting and ground breaking commercial work, design initiatives as well as collaborations with designers, innovators and institutions in areas of architecture, interior, antiques, vintage pieces and even jewellery. In this aspect and as a first mover, DesignStage hopes to establish itself as an important name that is synonymous with a strong advocate of high-end design in this region.
As the art world gets more intertwined with marketing hype and the business of investment, Jasmine Tay hopes that the Museum of Art & Design will stand apart from the rest by being a place that above everything else – genuinely prioritises the appreciation of art for the sake of art.
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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