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PROFILES

Eugene Tan

Prime Mover

BY SYLVIA TSAI

Portrait of Eugene Tan. Courtesy National Gallery Singapore. 

As I am ushered into a spacious office at the National Gallery Singapore (NGS) for my meeting with director Eugene Tan, I am reminded that it is casual Friday. Tall and lean, the 43-year-old is sporting not a suit but a smart pair of black-and-white sneakers along with his all-black attire. He greets me warmly as I enter.

Tan has been a driving force behind Singapore's art scene for more than a decade. Back in 2003, upon his return to

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