Eugene Tan

Director of the National Gallery Singapore

The director of the National Gallery Singapore got a new job this year. But Tan won’t be leaving his offce on St Andrew’s Road anytime soon, because he combines his new role as director of Singapore Art Museum in March with the one he’s held since 2013. While the more contemporary institution is halfway through a four-year, $90m refurbishment described by the museum’s website as ‘part Marie Kondo, part Extreme Makeover’, taking the SAM job puts Tan in charge of the Singapore Biennale. Curator Patrick D. Flores had already been selected for the edition opening this November when Tan took over, but he’ll be able to put his stamp on the 2022 exhibition (‘biennale’ is a loose term, it seems). At the National Gallery, Tan oversaw Awakenings, a survey show around how artists ‘acted as catalysts for change during Asia’s most turbulent decades’, and his own influence on the Southeast Asia artworld (and beyond) continues to increase.