An Insight into the life of an Art dealer
By: Raziyah Begam
Swiss Art dealer Frederic de Senarclens shares with us about his art galley and his reasons for choosing Singapore as a ideal location for Plural Art Gallery.
1. Tell us a little more about yourself and when your passion for visual arts emerged
Art has always been my passion; I started collecting since the age of 16. Although I always wanted to study fine arts, I chose political sciences and economics. Later on, I had the opportunity to work for a major art dealer in Switzerland. He gave me my chance, and I have been in the field since. After having run my own gallery in Geneva for several years, I moved to Singapore in 2008 in order to expend my activities in art dealing and advisory. I founded Art Plural Gallery in 2011 believing in Singapore’s potential to become an important artistic hub in Asia.
2. What made you decide to take the leap to move to Singapore?
At the time I was running my own gallery in Geneva and things were going well so I decided to extend my activities abroad. I wanted to establish somewhere new and exciting and Singapore sounded promising for a dynamic art dealer. To me, a European who wanted to establish in Asia; Singapore – being a multicultural location at the crossroads between Indonesia, China and India – was very attractive.
3. What kind of art does Art Plural Gallery bring in?
Art Plural Gallery is specialized in Modern, Contemporary and Design Art. Since its opening in May 2011, we have been presenting the solo shows of major international artists such as Ian Davenport, Pablo Reinoso, Shirin Neshat, Bernar Venet, Tukral&Tagra and Fabienne Verdier. On the occasion of its second anniversary, Art Plural Gallery will show the solo exhibition of Korean artist Chun Kwang Young from May 29 to July 27, 2013.
4. What can we look forward to in the coming years for Art Plural Gallery?
We will bring more and more exciting artists. Hopefully our development will blossom and Singapore will establish itself as an artistic hub. In this, we have a role to play!
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