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June Yap. Photo: National Arts Council, Singapore

June Yap Named Curatorial Director at Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum announced on Tuesday, August 22, that independent curator June Yap will join the institution as its new director of curatorial, programs, and publications. She will assume her responsibilities on September 1.

In her new role, Yap will help shape the museum’s content creation and bolster its curatorial team as the institution prepares to undergo an extensive expansion and renovation project that aims to double its exhibition space and build state-of-the-art facilities.

“I have no doubt that Dr. June Yap’s coming in to lead SAM’s team of highly capable curators will take our research and programming of contemporary art into new territory,” said board chair Jane Ittogi.

Yap has more than a decade’s worth of curatorial experience. She previously organized exhibitions at the museum when she worked as a curator there from 2003 to 2004. She also served on its acquisitions committee. From 2012 to 2014, Yap was the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s UBS MAP curator, South and Southeast Asia. More recently, she was selected to curate the Singapore pavilion at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, but withdrew from the project in January citing “differences in the operational approaches.”

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