Today the art world is more of a world in every sense, with a larger population, a wider territory and a greater number of nationalities. A new book, Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes, uncovers twelve cities from around the world that are thought to become important artistic hubs in the years to come.

These cities have emerged in recent years as centres of interest in cultural activities. They have been chosen based on their impact on contemporary art, history of artistic importance, and overall cultural climate. This new generation of artists seems to gain prominence on the international art circuit, with a variety of photography, painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance and new media works.

Cluj-Napoca and Singapore among these cities

Since we have offices in Singapore and Cluj-Napoca, these sites are very close to our hearts. When we stumbled upon this news, we felt very proud that both of these great cities have been included on this list of art cities of the future. Cluj, surprisingly, made podium, listed third, while Singapore kept itself on the top half, listed sixth.

Here are the artistic hubs mentioned in the book for both cities:

  • Cluj-Napoca
    • The National Museum of Art – it holds a very valuable Romanian and universal heritage (XV-XXI centuries) with over 13,000 artistic pieces (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts and a collection of documents). Educational and cultural programs are organised here, for the better understanding and appreciation of the Romanian and Transylvanian culture.
    • The Paintbrush Factory – this is a collective space for contemporary arts in Cluj. The project started as an independent initiative to bring together ideas, events and projects of cultural organisations, galleries, producers and independent artists in the City.
  • Singapore
    • The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore – it is devoted to the exhibition and research of international and Asian contemporary art.
    • The Singapore Art Museum – it advocates and presents contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. SAM has amassed one of the world’s largest public collections of modern and contemporary South-East Asian artworks, with a growing component in international contemporary art.
    • The National Art Gallery – it hopes to strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts. South-East Asian art, including Singapore art, from the 19th century to the present day will be displayed in the new premises.

Thanks to this ground-breaking book, these cultural centres will gain even more attention from new artists, collectors and art critics – not to mention the public.

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