Blair Thurman, I Turn Right I Go Left I Go Straight, 2009.
The Pierre Lorinet Collection
Curated by Edward Mitterrand
Date and time
12 – 28 January 2024, 11am - 7pm daily
(and until 10pm on 20 Jan and 27 Jan)
Featuring works by Ai Weiwei, Cai Lei, Thomas Houseago, Rashid Johnson, Jannis Kounellis, Elad Lassry, Ibrahim Mahama, Oscar Murillo, Louise Nevelson, Claudio Parmiggiani, Sterling Ruby, Blair Thurman, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Danh Vo.
Pierre Lorinet is thrilled to announce the second exhibition dedicated to sharing his contemporary art collection with the city of Singapore, its residents and visitors during Singapore Art Week. Rough, curated by the collection’s adviser Edward Mitterrand, hints at the unapologetic and bold nature of the artworks on display and brings together a diverse group of 14 prominent artists.
Infused by a broad range of styles and mediums, from Thomas Houseago’s dark masks to Blair Thurman’s iconic shaped canvas, the exhibition challenges conventions and offers a raw and somewhat unrefined perspective on contemporary art. With very different backgrounds, origins and practices, the artists share a common toughness in either the subject or the media they use, enhanced by the untouched roughness of the exhibition space. Ibrahim Mahama’s exploration of political and social themes, Oscar Murillo's treatment of displacement and identity, Rashid Johnson's engagement with the collective human experience and Ai Weiwei’s politically provocative installations, create a dialogue that delves into the complexities of our modern world.
Meanwhile, Jannis Kounellis and Claudio Parmiggiani introduce a touch of the avant-garde, pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms. Sterling Ruby’s dynamic and chaotic works, Louise Nevelson’s intricate burnt wood assemblages, Elad Lassry’s enigmatic three-dimensional photographs, and Cai Lei’s "concrete paintings" captivate viewers with their enigmatic allure. Rirkrit Tiravanija’s latest works explores themes of extinction, humankind’s destruction of the natural world, and our impending demise as a civilisation while Danh Vo’s potteries tell stories of middle-age torture scenes.
As the artistic voices of these 14 artists converge during Singapore Art Week, Rough is a testament to the diversity and vitality of contemporary art. It encourages viewers to question, interpret, and engage with the unconventional.
Featuring 15 artworks by 14 leading contemporary artists from around the world.
About the Collector: Pierre Lorinet
Pierre Lorinet is a non-executive Director of Trafigura Group Pte Ltd and Puma Energy Holdings Pte Ltd. He is also an Independent non-executive Director at Cofco International Limited, Enterprise Singapore as well as an investor in a range of tech start-ups in Singapore and Europe.
He is engaged in philanthropy in Mongolia and across Southeast Asia with his wife mainly through their family foundation but also as a Non-executive Director of the Trafigura Foundation, The Pioneer Facility Pte Ltd and Tri-sector Associate Pte Ltd.
Visual Arts have always been of great interest to Pierre. He has actively contributed to Singapore’s art scene as a member of the National Arts Council from 2015 to 2021. He is currently the Chairman of the Sustain the Arts Fund (stART fund), a National Arts Council initiative designed to catalyse private funding to support the long-term sustainability of small arts organisations and nurture a culture of giving to the arts. In 2022, he joined the Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee and also became an Advisor to ART SG.
Over the years he has been the recipient of the Friends of the Arts, Patron of the Arts and Distinguished Patron of the Arts awards.
Pierre Lorinet has been collecting for over a decade with a focus on sculpture and minimalists. He hopes you will enjoy part of his collection on display.
My family and I see ourselves being in Singapore for the foreseeable future. This is home for us, and we want to help in the building of Singapore as an international city and space.
About the Curator: Edward Mitterrand
Edward Mitterrand runs the eponymous art advisory office in Geneva, serving a handful of international clients interested in collecting and investing guidance. Rough is the second exhibition he has curated in collaboration with Art Outreach, featuring works sourced from The Pierre Lorinet Collection, which he has been advising since its inception in 2012.
Simultaneously, as the President of Galerie Mitterrand, founded in the late 80s in Paris by his father Jean-Gabriel, who brought artists such as Les Lalanne and Niki de Saint-Phalle to the forefront of the art market, Edward drives the gallery’s strategic development.
In July 2015, father and son inaugurated the Domaine du Muy, a sculpture park in the south of France that brings together more than 30 outdoor artworks by emerging and established artists in collaboration with other major European galleries. It includes the Silver House, designed by renowned interior architect India Mahdavi, and a garden structured by Louis Benech. A few days after its inauguration, the Domaine du Muy was considered by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "five best sculpture parks in the world" and is now part of the cultural network Réseau Plein Sud, which groups more than 60 cultural institutions in the south of France.
Edward started his career in Geneva in 2000 by inaugurating his gallery with an exhibition by Jean-Michel Basquiat before starting, the following year, the Association du Quartier des Bains with two other neighboring gallery owners. Since 2015, he has been advising individuals and wealth managers on contemporary art, leveraging 20 years of experience in the art market.