Emerging: Collecting Singapore Contemporary – Selections from the DUO Collection

Emerging: Collecting Singapore Contemporary – Selections from the DUO Collection

Exhibition Information

Opening DaySaturday, 11 January 2020, 8:00pm
Guest of HonourMr Low Eng Teong
Period11 January - 01 March 2021
Location 51 Waterloo, The Private Museum,


In conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2020, The Private Museum (TPM) Singapore is pleased to present Emerging: Collecting Singapore Contemporary – Selections from the DUO Collection. As part of TPM’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the museum revisits its foundation of bridging the private and the public; this exhibition is the first in a series of five featuring an array of private collections in Singapore.

The DUO, whose collectors prefer to remain anonymous, started building their collection five years ago with a focus to support emerging artists in Singapore and Southeast Asia, though they have been collecting widely for more than a decade.

Emerging is the inaugural showcase of selected works collected in the past five years featuring 16 Singapore-based artists. These works reflect some of Singapore’s emerging urgencies in recent years by responding to themes of identity, migration, urbanisation, the environment, places and spaces. The exhibition seeks not only to stimulate new conversations on Singapore contemporary art through the lens of private collectors, but also to expand on their role in the art eco-system as imperative patrons of the arts.

Programme Documentation

Programme Media

Programme Outreach

Saturday, 18 January 2020
11:00 am @ The Private Museum

In Conversation with
– Richard Koh, Collector/Gallerist of Richard Koh Fine Art
– Andrea Fam, Assistant Curator of the Singapore Art Museum
– Kanchana Gupta, Artist
Moderated by Aaron Teo of The Private Museum

In celebration of TPM’s 10th anniversary, the speakers will look at the role of private and public collections in contemporary art, the significance they hold for artists and art patrons alike, and the pertinent narratives emerging within the arts industry today.

For tickets, please visit: tpm2020emergingtalk.peatix.com


Programme Publication

The Emerging exhibition publication features an essay by Andrea Fam.