Since his appointment to the National Art Gallery in May, he has also been working to raise the museum’s profile as having the world’s largest public collection of modern South-east Asian and Singapore art. The museum is slated to open in 2015. On making the list, he tells Life!: “I am pleased that the developments in Singapore’s visual arts landscape are being recognised internationally.” As this development continues, he adds: “Singapore looks set to become an important centre for art globally.” Topping the list released yesterday is Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, sister of Qatar’s Emir and chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority. She joined the list at 90 in 2011 and rose to 11 last year. Her spot is cemented by the art organisation’s tremendous buying power; it spends an estimated US$1 billion (S$1.2 billion) a year to buy top works of art for its museums. It is also widely thought to have been behind the record US$250-million purchase of a version of Cezanne’s The Card Players (1895) last year, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.
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Fundraiser to benefit arts, humanities
A long-standing, one-night tradition that benefits arts and humanities returns to the Wes Watkins Center Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Stillwater Arts and Humanities Council hosts the Festival of the Trees: Rockin Retro Christmas. Tickets are $50.
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