Firm hit by second lawsuit

Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris museum.
Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris museum. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A second lawsuit against Art Heritage Singapore, the firm behind the short-lived Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris museum, has emerged.

The company is being taken to court by Mediatropy, a media and digital agency in Singapore, over a sum of about $110,000, for allegedly not making full payment for work done. Mediatropy's projects for the museum allegedly included an improved mobile application that was completed by June last year.

Two 8m interactive walls, which displayed audio clips, pictures and factoids about artists, were done by May the same year. Mediatropy's work also involved some advertising on Facebook for the museum.

The Straits Times yesterday broke the news about an ongoing lawsuit against Art Heritage Singapore involving about €435,000 (S$669,000).

This was allegedly for work done by the Arthemisia Group, an Italian company specialising in the organisation and holding of exhibitions, on the Myth Of Cleopatra exhibition. Cleopatra, which opened on May 30 last year, was the first exhibition to be staged at its Features Gallery, a space for non-permanent shows.

In court papers, Art Heritage Singapore allegedly claimed Arthemisia Group had failed to fulfil all its obligations in organising the exhibition and that the exhibits were of poor quality, resulting in low ticket sales. The firm is counter-claiming for damages and costs.

The Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris will close for good tomorrow, less than a year after it opened, and barely two months after the closure of its flagship museum in France.

Nur Asyiqin

Mohamad Salleh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 10, 2016, with the headline 'Firm hit by second lawsuit'. Print Edition | Subscribe