Eugene Tan is Programme Director (Special Projects) at the Singapore Economic Development Board. His previous appointments include Director of Exhibitions, Osage Gallery (Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai), Programme Director for Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Singapore and Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.
An art historian, critic and curator, he holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester. He was also co-curator of the inaugural Singapore Biennale in 2006 and curator for the Singapore Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Recent thematic exhibitions he has curated include The Burden of Representation: Abstraction in Asia Today (2010), Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia (2008) and Always Here but Never Present: Art in a Senseless World (2008), as well as solo exhibitions by Lee Mingwei (2010), Jompet (2010), Charwei Tsai (2009), Nipan Oranniwesna (2009) and Wilson Shieh (2009).
He is co-author of the publication Contemporary Art in Singapore (2007) and has written for exhibition catalogues and publications, including art journals such as Art Asia Pacific, Art Review, Broadsheet, C-Arts, Contemporary, Flash Art, Metropolis M and Modern Painters.