Lee U-fan – Japan: Lee U-fan was born in Korea in 1936 and came to Japan to live in 1956 where he still lives, just outside Kamakura. Starting with his leadership of the Mono-ha movement in Japan in the late 1960s, his work has been acclaimed internationally at over 100 solo exhibitions alone, including recently at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Mono-ha, or the ‘School of Things’, sought to remove the ‘meaning’ placed on individual objects and see everything as part of an equally balanced continuum. Visit the artist's official website.
Tan Boon Hui – Singapore: Curator, writer and arts administrator, Tan Boon Hui has recently left the Directorship of the Singapore Art Museum to move higher in the Singapore Government’s arts hierarchy. He took on the SAM role after work at the National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilizations Museum. A keen advocate for South East Asian contemporary art, and for Singapore’s role in showing, discussing and promoting it, his achievements have included major exhibitions organised by SAM, including the 2013 Singapore Biennale and developing the museum’s collection to be, he says, the best collection of South East Asian contemporary art in the world.