Eugene Tan

Director of the National Art Gallery, Singapore

It may be called the ‘Little Red Dot’ in Asia, but rich, compact Singapore has no shortage of public monies rolling into the arts, and the country’s largest, swankiest and most ambitious of art museums is the National Gallery. Its head honcho, Eugene Tan, who was on this list in 2013 and 2015, has made the list again in 2016 for steering the gallery through a power-packed opening year, with exhibitions that explored Singapore’s art history and Southeast Asian identities, as well as forging international partnerships with institutions such as the Centre Pompidou and Tate Britain. Since the gallery opened last November, significant showcases have included Siapa Nama Kamu? (What Is Your Name?), a brisk walk through Singaporean and Southeast Asian art from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as solo exhibitions of the late Chinese ink master Wu Guanzhong and the Lion City’s own ink representative Chua Ek Kay (Beauty Beyond Form; After The Rain).