In conversation with Henny Scott and Jazz Chong for the National Gallery Benefit Gala and Auction

The National Gallery’s biennial fundraiser returns this year on January 20 with the theme “Past. Gift. Future. ”Before the auction and dinner, we chat with committee members Henny Scott and Jazz Chong about what to expect from meeting artists and art collectors.

What can guests expect to see / do at Gallery Benefit?

Jazz: This is the opportunity for like-minded people, artists, collectors and patrons to come together for an evening of conversation and appreciation of art. All guests will also have the opportunity to discover the exhibition Nam June Paik: The future is now, and attend a private dinner within the historic walls of the Gallery.

Henny: There will be many interactive experiences designed around the National Gallery Singapore’s historical investigation of pioneering video artist, Nam June Paik. The international tour of Nam June Paik: The future is now, ends in Singapore, his only Asian stopover, having debuted at Tate Modern in London in 2019, then visited the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

They can also enjoy an inspiring evening of artistic encounters and be able to support the gallery’s vision to be the museum of the people. A highlight of the Advantage is a charity auction where clients can select the individualized pillar of support to which to dedicate their donation; these include meritorious causes such as community and access, curatorial research, education and innovation.

How will this year’s event be different from the last?

Henny: The theme for this year’s performance is “Past. Gift. Future. ”Which encourages participants to reflect on their relationship with technology and its effects and repercussions on society. We hope to continue to inspire our clients to harness the power of technology to reinvent the way we work, live and live. play, in order to improve the lives of future generations.

Since the start of the pandemic, art lovers have not been able to celebrate art and sponsorship physically as a community. As one of the first in-person events for this tight-knit group to reaffirm the ties that art and its patronage engender, this year’s profit will be a particularly significant edition.

National Gallery Gala 2018

Have there been any logistical issues due to the pandemic?

Henny: The pandemic forced the profits committee to be nimble and adapt to various changes as we sought to make this event a reality. It has been a privilege to work closely with the tireless members of my committee – Jazz Chong, Choo Oi Yee, Richard Hoon, Jasdeep Sandhu, Diana Quek, Stephanie Fong and Kevin Cuturi. Together, we strive to overcome these challenges and encourage patronage for the arts. We are also grateful for the generosity and trust of the Southeast Asian arts community who have provided unwavering support.

Jazz: As we cautiously come out of the pandemic and reflect on the challenges facing different groups in our community, we had the opportunity to see first-hand how art has provided significant respite, comfort and inspiration to many. Although we had to overcome the challenges presented by the dynamic changing situation, we have worked many months, well planned and hope to provide a safe and meaningful event for all involved.

Is there a theme for the works being auctioned? If so, what is it and why was it chosen?

Henny: We did not want to impose a theme on the artists or partners who contributed to this noble cause, and they were free to donate the objects that inspired them. We are grateful and touched by the generous outpouring of artists, galleries and collectors who believe in the power of art.

Jazz: Guests will have the chance to bid on over 60 works of art that have been donated by artists, donors and collectors, as well as exclusive art experiences and community sessions as part of a silent auction. A total of 13 works of art will also be available in an exciting live auction run by Phillips Auctioneers.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s performance which is Pass. Gift. Future., there will also be an NFT auction conducted by Nifty Gateway. We are very grateful for the international support of our partners as we hope to expand the National Gallery Singapore’s donor base beyond South East Asia.

The funds raised will help the National Gallery Singapore to continue to organize exceptional exhibitions of international renown, to become pioneering platforms for new stories and new voices, and to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstance, can experience. the transformative power of art.

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Kawita Vatanajyankur, Scale of injustice, 2021, 4K video 8.30 min

What are each of your top three auction pieces? Why?

Henny: This is a really difficult question to answer as we have 13 very compelling pieces of art in the Live Auctions category and over 60 pieces of art that will be auctioned online. There is something for all art lovers! These works of art were created by internationally renowned artists or artists who are beginning to gain prominence in our local art scene. Bidders can bid with confidence as they support the noble cause of National Gallery Singapore and encourage the development of these artists.

The National Gallery Singapore will recognize the contribution of the winning bidders as donors, they will have access to the Patrons Program which provides behind-the-scenes access to the gallery community of like-minded individuals as well as wall recognition. donors.

Jazz: There are simply too many choices! With paintings, prints, video works, sculptures, installations and even digital art and NFTs available, we are confident that our attendees will encounter works that personally resonate with them. Here are some of the many highlights:

  1. Kawita Vatanajyankur – Scale of injustice, a work of video art. Kawita Vatanajyankur is an artist of Thai descent whose video performances explore the ways in which the human body, especially the female body, positions itself within capitalist frameworks. Her work seeks to reveal the work and exploitation hidden behind domestic and commercial work by using her body as an instrument to undertake a series of repetitive tasks, testing her own physical and psychological endurance.
  1. Jimmy Ong – Born in 1964, Jimmy Ong is considered one of the most distinguished artists of his generation. Since the 1980s, Ong has been recognized for his monumental figurative works in charcoal on paper. One of his first oils on canvas will be auctioned, a unique work and medium in the context of his artistic work.
  1. The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, brings a photo and an NFT of his works. I particularly appreciate his approach to landscape photography.
  1. Mr. Lim Tze Peng – Born in Singapore on September 28, 1921, Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most important artists and a living legend. The 2 pieces he brought to this charity auction were completed last year, during which he celebrated his 100e birthday.

What is the most anticipated piece of art at the auction? Why?

Henny: There are a lot of extraordinary works in the auction. However, guests are likely to identify with the video work. Avalanche I, lost time falling in love by local multi-feature artist Dawn Ng. His practice deals with time, memory and the ephemeral, and this piece resonates with the theme of benefit. The viewing experience of this work will be enhanced by the support of Samsung, which provided its new television, The Frame, to accompany the batch.

Dawn Ng, Avalanche I, lost time falling in love, 2021, 25 minute 4K video, edition 1 of 5

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