[Interview] Every Painting Tells a Story: National Gallery Singapore X Samsung Art Store Partnership Introduces World to Southeast Asian ArtBy STF News
Art is a reflection of a region’s history, providing valuable insights into the direction society is headed. This is especially true for National Gallery Singapore, which oversees the world’s largest public collection of modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art — acting as a “melting pot” of art from the region.
Samsung Art Store is an art subscription service that began in 2017 for The Frame, the company’s lifestyle TV. In partnership with more than 50 museums and galleries worldwide, the service provides more than 2,000 pieces of artwork, ranging from famous paintings to unique pieces from emerging artists. Through this service, users can access various works of art in 4K resolution from the comfort of their own homes.
Since April 2022, Samsung Art Store has been partnering with National Gallery Singapore to bring consumers a curated selection of prominent artworks by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. A leading visual arts institution, the Gallery is a custodian of over 8,000 works that form Singapore’s National Collection, which capture the changing landscape of this dynamic region.
Samsung Newsroom sat down with Jason Ong, Director, Partnership Development at National Gallery Singapore to discuss how the Gallery and its partnership with Samsung Art Store are redefining the role of art galleries and its role in fostering diversity and accessibility.
▲ National Gallery Singapore
Q: National Gallery Singapore’s partnership with Samsung Art Store is fairly recent, having been announced in April 2022. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind this partnership?
National Gallery Singapore is committed to making our collection more accessible as well as to deepen the public’s engagement with our artworks. Collaboration with like-minded partners, such as Samsung, help us to achieve this goal. We are especially heartened to know that though this partnership, artworks from our collection can reach an international audience in the comforts of their home.
As the first Southeast Asian museum represented in the Art Store, our presence on the Art Store allows us to showcase some of our key artworks to a global audience; we hope that this will enhance awareness and appreciation of our region’s rich art history.
Through technology, visitors are able to have a glimpse of the diversity of art and narratives showcased through the selected artworks. We hope this partnership will ignite more interest not only for works from our collection but also for Singapore and Southeast Asian art in general.
Q: Can you tell us more about the Gallery’s goal to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society? What does this look like?
The Gallery is working towards expanding the hearts, perspectives and horizons of the public through art. We have been steadfast in our ambition to deepen art appreciation in our audiences. Our desire to develop the Gallery as a space for dialogue and discovery also extends to the exhibitions we present. By sharing the magic of storytelling with all, our exhibitions and programs can add to, adapt or remake age-old tales. Our critically acclaimed exhibitions are curated to promote conversations and encourage fresh perspectives on the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world.
Q: Samsung Art Store recently updated its selection from the Gallery’s diverse collections to include pieces from renowned artists such as You Khin, John Turnbull Thomson and Raden Saleh. How were these works chosen?
We display a unique transnational approach towards our collection as we aim to rewrite the art histories of this region. The works selected for Samsung — varying in medium, subject matter and social concerns — demonstrate the diversity of art from the region. You will find a wide range of works drawn from various countries in the region from the 19th to 20th century, varying in medium and artistic style.
Q: Which three would you recommend for users to display on The Frame?
Kampong Pasir Panjang was painted by Singaporean artist, Idris Ali, in 1965. Idris Ali’s paintings of Singapore are important as they serve as visual documentation of our national heritage. We hope that this painting provides an insight into the local landscape of early post-independence Singapore.
▲ Kampong Pasir Panjang (1965) by Idris Mohd Ali
You Khin’s Untitled (Doha Scene: Pakistani Bakers) records the local Pakistani bakery that Cambodian artist, You Khin often visited with his children during his years in Doha and offers insights into how he passed the time in his adopted home. This painting also demonstrates how other regions of the world are interpreted in Southeast Asia’s modern art through artists who travelled widely like You Khin.
▲ Untitled (Doha Scene: Pakistani Bakers) (1990) by You Khin
Boschbrand (Forest Fire) is one of the most iconic artworks of the Gallery represented in the Art Store since the inception of the partnership in April. While this piece isn’t one of the latest additions to the Art Store, it is a remarkable artwork with a dramatic representation of wild animals chased by flames to the edge of the precipice. The work was presented as a gift by Indonesian artist Raden Saleh to his patron King Willem III of the Netherlands in 1850. It is monumental in scale; we are glad that this masterpiece can be displayed and appreciated by The Frame owners from the comforts of their homes.
▲ Boschbrand (Forest Fire) (1849) by Raden Saleh
Q: You’ve worked on digital projects ranging from NFTs to the Web3 universe to make art more interactive and accessible. How do you foresee technology bridging the accessibility gap for consumers and artists in the coming years?
We must continue to harness this ability as we press towards the digital realm alongside everyone else. It is not enough to replicate the experience of visiting our galleries. Instead, visitors will have the opportunity to craft their own unique museum experience through modes of online engagement centered on interaction. Through video tutorials, games and livestreams, individuals can query artists; children can make art with their parents; and students can tour our exhibitions with their teachers.
As part of this initiative, the Gallery has recently created a private blockchain for “Adopt Now,” a public crowdfunding initiative that allows anyone to adopt part of an artwork from its art collection for as little as 50 Singapore Dollars. We are thrilled to report that this micro-giving initiative has received an encouraging response.
Q: Do you have any other upcoming exhibitions or projects you can tell us about? Do you have plans for any more digital art projects in the future?
As an innovative museum, National Gallery Singapore continues to innovate and explore emerging technologies to see what is possible in creating more opportunities for art appreciation among our visitors. To make art even more accessible, the Gallery launched ARText in September, an interactive platform that lets users learn about Southeast Asian art through daily conversations on common messaging apps.
ARText is built on the concept of micro-learning and delivers bite-size and interactive art learning experiences to mobile devices. The Gallery is also looking at personalizing the experience by integrating artificial intelligence text recognition software.
To see more artwork from National Gallery Singapore, head to Samsung Art Store in The Frame.
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In August, Samsung Electronics unveiled the Odyssey Ark, surprising the world with its groundbreaking curved gaming screen and providing an innovative and unique gaming experience to gamers everywhere. With a name like the “Odyssey Ark,” it made sense for Samsung to travel the world, by meeting with a variety of gamers, catching the eyes of media, influencers, gamers and technology enthusiasts alike.
The Ark Crew Set Off on Odyssey Ark’s First Journey
▲ The first Odyssey Ark event with the Ark Crew in Samsung 837, New York, U.S. and Samsung KX, London, U.K.
When the Odyssey Ark was introduced in August, Samsung 837, its flagship experience center in New York and Samsung KX in London celebrated with Odyssey Ark parties that brought together top gamers and esports pros, including SypherPK, Loughh, Stoopzz, Alyska, Calfreezy and Konstantin. Dubbed the “Ark Crew,” these gaming experts were the first to get a hands-on experience with the Odyssey Ark. They praised the Odyssey Ark for its unparalleled, immersive gaming experience.
Bringing a New Gaming Experience to Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand!
▲ The Odyssey Ark was introduced at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2022.
After its initial launch, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the bright, shining lights, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Odyssey Ark booths, which were built using round pods inspired by the curved screen, attracted visitors’ attention and provided an incredibly immersive experience.
▲ At the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow held in Singapore in October 2022, visitors could enjoy a racing game by using the Odyssey Ark.
In addition to captivating visitors at the summit, the Odyssey Ark wowed viewers at Siam Paragon Mall Game Festival Roadshow in Thailand and the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow in Singapore in October.
▲ Odyssey Ark media event held in New Zealand in September 2022.
Local media in Australia and New Zealand also enjoyed a sneak peek of the Odyssey Ark at a preview event, getting hands-on experience with a racing game zone designed for an immersive experience through the 55-inch screen. The screen attracted a lot of attention and introduced the next-generation of gaming, one based on immersion and led by the Odyssey Ark.
Meeting Gamers Where They Are: Brasil Game Show, PAX West and TwitchCon
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at the Brasil Game Show 2022 held in São Paulo from October 6 to 12, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark was also featured at Brasil Game Show 2022, Latin America’s largest gaming show, held in São Paulo in October of this year. The Samsung booth showcased several models, including the Odyssey Ark and Odyssey Neo G9, in experience zones where gamers could see the difference Samsung can make. This was the first public debut of the Odyssey Ark, and it received a lot of fanfare.
Samsung’s tour through Latin America didn’t stop there: In the same month, gamers at the Argentina Game Show 2022 in Buenos Aires were mesmerized by the Odyssey Ark. During the exhibition, more than 100,000 attendees visited Samsung’s booth. Coscu, a famous gamer with more than four million subscribers, was one of them and helped attract more visitors to Samsung’s booth during the event.
▲ With over 250 Odyssey monitors at the event, gamers enjoyed immersive gameplay at PAX West Seattle held on September 2-5, 2022.
▲ Visitors gather around the Odyssey models installed at the TSM booth at TwitchCon San Diego held on October 5-7, 2022.
To connect with U.S. gamers, Samsung brought the Odyssey Ark to a number of popular gaming festivals, including PAX West held in Seattle and TwitchCon in San Diego. Samsung had more than 250 Odyssey monitors at PAX West’s PC Area. In particular, the dedicated Odyssey Ark booth built in collaboration with ReedPop impressed gamers with the 55-inch 1000R curved screen’s overwhelming presence, grabbing significant attention.
The Odyssey Ark continued its journey at TwitchCon in San Diego, where more than 30,000 well-known Twitch content creators gathered. Samsung partnered with esports organization TSM and gave attendees the opportunity to experience the Odyssey Ark, Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey G7.
Getting Smart at Smart Arena, Popping Off at POP CON and Being a Hero at HeroFest
▲ The Odyssey Ark launching show was held at the Smart Arena in Milan on September 22, 2022.
▲ Popular streamer Jakidale is broadcasting live footage of esports player Piz experiencing the Odyssey Ark. Right photo courtesy of piz.fn on Instagram.
Let’s move into Europe, one of the biggest gaming markets with many passionate gamers who were excited about the Odyssey Ark. In September, gamers and streamers were given a special look at the Odyssey lineup at the Smart Arena in Milan. Popular streamers and entertainers, including Jakidale and Bryan Box, along with esports team Morning Stars players Piz, Belix and Predage, tested the Odyssey Ark and shared their live reactions with their online audiences.
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at ZURICH POP CON in Zürich, Switzerland held on October 1 and 2, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark then journeyed to ZURICH POP CON in Zurich and HeroFest in Bern, followed by GameForce in Brussels and Dreamhack in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Odyssey Ark booth was packed with people who wanted to get a firsthand experience with this groundbreaking and futuristic gaming screen.
Bringing the Gaming Soul to Seoul
After making stops around the world, the Odyssey Ark has landed in seven department stores across Seoul. Visitors can experience the Odyssey Ark’s unique features, including Multi View, Flex Move Screen and Gaming Hub.
The Odyssey Ark made a memorable impact in some of the world’s biggest gaming markets. Its incredible launch turned heads in gaming communities, signaling a new era of immersive gameplay. And this is just the beginning of the Odyssey Ark’s innovative journey.
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