Museum of Contemporary Art MoCA@Loewen announces closure
Singapore, 11 February 2019 - It is with sadness that MoCA@Loewen is announcing the closure of the museum effective 11 February 2019 as the tenancy agreement of the property at 27A, 30B and 30C Loewen Road where the museum stand has expired and we were not successful in the tender for the property.
MoCA@Loewen would like to express our gratitude towards the government of Singapore and National Heritage Board (NHB) who have given birth to the museum in 2008 as well as to all our friends of the arts for the moral support over the years.
Over the 9 years since the NHB awarded the property to us to operate as an integrated museum and art facilities (IMAF), MoCA@Loewen has run the IMAF as a self-funded contemporary art museum without funding from the government. MoCA@Loewen has brought more than 40 high-quality art exhibitions to Singapore that feature influential and internationally renowned artists. With its free-admission policy, MoCA@Loewen has operated a sustainable museum operation model which contributed to the art ecosystem.
We have worked tirelessly to promote appreciation of modern and contemporary art in Singapore and regionally. MoCA@Loewen has exhibited more than 6,000 local and overseas artists’ artworks over the 9 years in operation, a remarkable number for an art space in Singapore. Working together with our sister organisations and partners, we have uplifted interest in Singapore local art. Our sister organisation 33 Auction has created the first dedicated Singapore art sale in history and achieved numerous local artists’ world record price in auction.
Singapore with its world-class system and infrastructure is indeed the best place for art in the region as both artists and collectors from all over the world would love to be here. We love and remain committed to Singapore and if we are given the opportunity or a suitable site, we will definitely continue our contribution towards the Singapore art ecosystem with the various resources and connections accumulated during our years of rapid learning and growth operating the museum.
In the meantime, our office will temporarily be located at 215 Henderson Road #01-05 Singapore 159554. We will make further announcement should we secure a suitable space to operate a contemporary museum.
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