Eugene Tan

Director of the National Gallery Singapore

Under Tan’s direction, and in its second year of existence, the National Gallery Singapore (which will host November’s annual CiMAM conference for directors and curators of modern and contemporary art collections) continued to pull in significant numbers of visitors, 235,000 of them flocking to see a solo show by Yayoi Kusama, plus those drawn by the family-friendly ‘Children’s Biennale’, which included interactive art installations and workshops, and the yearlong rooftop installation by Danh Vo. With the collection concentrating on reinforcing a sense of Singaporean national identity, Tan staged a solo exhibition by Chen Chong Swee, an early Singapore artist and educator who made a considerable contribution to the local art scene over his six-decade career. In January Tan helped launch the first art-history course at the National University of Singapore, and he has recently joined the advisory board of Thailand’s inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale, due to open November 2018.