Contemporary Practices

GALLERY WEEKEND KUALA LUMPUR®  2019 Luminary Programme

Contemporary Practises –  The Development of  Exhibition (to include Performance & Indigenous Art), Institutional Collecting , Biennial  & Contemporary Practise.   


Each Luminary will present for 30 minutes on her/his areas of expertise and development, discussing current museum and independent projects, the Singapore Biennial projects,   contemporary art and new practises that have been  included, as well as discussion on the inclusiveness of contemporary art in expanding the definition of art.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion between panellists and also with the audience. 

Sunday,  17th  November,  3pm – 5pm

National Art Gallery, Centre Court

No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur 


Dr. Adele Tan, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Biung Ismahasn, Independent Curator, Artist and Researcher

Moderator: TBC


Dr. ADELE TAN, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

Adele Tan received her PhD in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and is currently Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore. Her research focuses on contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China, with a special interest in performative practices, photography and new media. Her recent projects include the exhibition “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia, 1960s to 1990s”, the 2019 annual Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission with the artist Charles Lim Yi Yong, and OUTBOUND, a series of large-scale site-specific artwork commissions at the Gallery. She also lectures in the Art History minor programme at the National University of Singapore.

Exhibitions she worked on at the Gallery include “Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th century” (2015), “A Fact Has No Appearance: Art beyond the Object” (2016), and “Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” (2017), and she was part of the curatorial panel for the 4th Singapore International Photography Festival. She was formerly Assistant Editor at the British art journal Third Text and her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly publications, exhibition catalogues, and journals such as PAJ, Broadsheet, Yishu, Eyeline and Third Text, among others. She participated in the Global Art and the Museums fellowship programme at ZKM, Karlsruhe; SYNAPSE: The International Curators’ Network at Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin; the inaugural Tate Intensive programme in 2016; and was a jury member of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists.  She was also part of the curatorial team for the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale in 2018.


BIUNG ISMAHASN, Independent Curator, Artist and Researcher 

Biung Ismahasn is a Bunun Nation independent curator, artist and researcher. His research and practice involves exploring issues of contemporary Indigenous curatorial practices and aesthetics, with a focus on Tawainese Indigenous contemporary art. He is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at the University of Essex, England.

Recently, he completed the curatorial project Dispossessions: Performative Encounters of Tawainese Indigenous Contemporary Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. It was the first ever research-based exhibition of Taiwanese contemporary art in the UK.

Ismahasn has participated and moderated multiple symposiums on the topic of Indegineous curatorial practices, such as the Global Communities: Curating Modern Art Today symposium for the Tate Research Centre. He is currently an active member of the Intel’ Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.  


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