Increased global interest in Asian art in the past few decades has radically changed the way in which the West views this previously overlooked region. In the 2nd talk on Friday, Boon Hui Tan, Director of the Asia Society Museum will ask “How are Western Museums collecting and understanding contemporary art from Asia?” Curators from Western and Asian museums will discuss how Asian artists are now featuring in their acquisition programmes and what further work needs to be done.
Main Speaker | Boon Hui Tan, Director of Asia Society Museum
Moderator | Raymond Tang, Curator (Hong Kong Art), Hong Kong Museum of Art
Boon Hui Tan
Boon Hui Tan is Vice President for Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director, Asia Society Museum, New York, where he leads the organization's global arts and cultural activities. He oversees Asia Society Museum's acclaimed exhibition programs and the Asia Society Museum Collection. Prior to this, he was Assistant Chief Executive (Museum & Programs) at the National Heritage Board (NHB) in Singapore. As Director of the Singapore Art Museum from 2009 to 2013, he led the transformation of the museum into a contemporary art institution focused on Southeast Asia and assembled the largest public collection of contemporary art from the region. He conceived the regional focus and group curating approach of the groundbreaking Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed, as well as serving as its Project Director and Co-Curator. His latest projects including co-curating After Darkness: Contemporary Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History, on socio-political art in Southeast Asia and The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India.
Victoria Sung is Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where she co-curated Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, the artist's first major US retrospective. The exhibition is on view at the Walker until December 30, 2018, before opening at The Met Breuer, New York on February 20, 2019. Recent projects include the exhibitions “The Way Things Go” (2018) and “Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting for You” (2017), as well as sculpture commissions with Theaster Gates and Aaron Spangler for the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Previously, she worked at arts and culture institutions in New York, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Victoria holds a BA in history from Harvard College, an MSt in the history of art and visual culture from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Alan Lau contributes actively to arts development in Hong Kong. He is the Co-Chair of Para Site, the longest standing non-profit art space in the city. It has represented Hong Kong in important international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale. Mr. Lau also Co-Chairs the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee of Tate, to help build a globally-relevant collection. He is on the Board of M+, the upcoming landmark contemporary art institution in Hong Kong. He was among the first local donors to the museum. The work he donated, Tino Seghal’s “Guard Kissing”, is now part of M+’s permanent collection. Outside of Hong Kong, he has also donated artworks to and supported other institutions including Pompidou and Mori Art Museum.
Sara Raza is an award-winning curator and writer on global art and was the winner of the ArtTable New Leadership Award for Women in the Arts (2016). Sara was the Guggenheim UBS MAP curator for the Middle East and North Africa and curated “But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise” (2016) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which travelled to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan in 2018. Sara has curated exhibitions and projects for several international biennials and festivals, including the Tashkent Biennial, Uzbekistan “Rhizoma: Saudi Pavilion, Venice Biennale” (2013); and Baku Public Art Festival Azerbaijan (2015). She has organized a number of exhibitions for Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. Formerly, Raza was the head of education at Yarat, Baku, Azerbaijan, founding curator at Alaan Art Space, Riyadh and curator of public programs at Tate Modern, London. Sara is the West and Central Asia editor for ArtAsiaPacific.
Dr. Raymond Tang is currently Curator (Hong Kong Art) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. He received art training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained a Ph.D degree in the Chinese art history in the University in 2006. He also gained a Graduated Diploma in Museum Studies (The University of Sydney & HKU, SPACE) in 2002. His research interests include Ming, Qing and 20th century Chinese painting and calligraphy, Guangdong collection and Hong Kong art. The most recent exhibition he participated in organizing is In Search of Zen: The Art of Lui Shou-kwan held at National Art Museum of China in Beijing. He is also leading his team to conduct researches on Hong Kong art including A Survey of Western Media Art in the Pre-1960s Hong Kong and Research on Seal Collection of the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware and Seal Carving in Lingnan.