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Portrait of Edmund Cheng with Dan Graham’s Elliptical Pavlilion (2017). Photo by Genevieve Chua for ArtAsiaPacific

Forming Public Spaces

Edmund Cheng is one of the main, quiet forces behind the growth of Singapore’s contemporary art scene. Since the early 1990s, the Hong Kong-born real-estate developer has lobbied for art to be placed in publicly accessible locations. Cheng’s idea came to him well before it did to counterparts in Asia, who now adopt art as a lifestyle trend to lure tenants and customers into their properties and malls. 

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