Richard Koh Fine Art Singapore: Bigger space, more options for artists

With their upcoming move to a bigger Singapore location, Richard Koh Fine Art aims to bring further opportunities to local artists and galleries alike.

In January 2013, Southeast Asian contemporary art mainstay Richard Koh Fine Art will open a new, larger Singapore location in the warehouse art district Artspace@Helutrans, allowing the gallery to display a larger and more diverse range of artworks and projects.

Tiffany Chung, 'Aqua Blue No. 1', 2006, paper collage. Image courtesy Richard Koh Fine Art.

In a press release, Richard Koh calls the move to a larger space “a natural progression for the gallery as it aims to provide more presentation options for artists.” Access to the Helutrans building means that additional exhibition spaces could be rented to host multiple shows at the same time. The new space also opens up opportunities for collaboration with other galleries on exhibitions.

Richard Koh Fine Art (RFKA) is making immediate use their new space, opening with a double feature exhibition. On 22 January 2013,  RFKA Singapore will present the solo show “Optimism is Ridiculous” from Thai painter Natee Utarit as well as the group exhibition “Gentle Matters”, featuring five artists from Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Both exhibitions will run until 22 February 2013.

For “Optimism is Ridiculous”, Utarit was inspired by English director Derek Jarman’s film Caravaggio, in which the Baroque painter’s story is told skilfully within a 1960s setting. In the exhibition, Utarit explores whether it is possible to replicate this style of narration within his paintings.

“Gentle Matters”, by contrast, focuses on the materials that compose the exhibition. The show brings together artists who employ delicate media for their works while simultaneously probing the idea of craft in contemporary art: how the tradition and development of different crafts often underpin the whole of art history and how this perspective is often neglected in the contemporary art world, despite its importance.


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