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Asia Society Museum Appoints Director

Former Singapore Art Museum director Tan Boon Hui has been appointed director of the Asia Society Museum, according to the Straits Times’s Deepika Shetty. He will also serve as the society’s vice-president for Global Arts and Cultural Programs, leading its art collections as well as international art and cultural activities.

Tan, who was chosen from more than one hundred candidates, will begin in December. He is currently assistant chief executive for museums and programs at Singapore’s National Heritage Board, and served as one of the project directors of the 2013 Singapore Biennale. He later also ran the Singapour en France festival, which featured Singapore contemporary arts, culture, and heritage in French cities like Nantes, Paris, and Lyon.

Performance artist Lee Wen credited Tan with “helping to legitimize performance art during those difficult years for performance art in Singapore in the 1990s.”

Tan, meanwhile, said of his new appointment: “This is hugely exciting. This is the moment for Asian art and Asian artists to enter the narrative of global art history.” The Asia Society has eleven centers (plus affiliate offices) in the US and Asia.