ArtScience Museum Singapore
Honor Harger, Szan Tan
ArtScience Museum is the cultural heart of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Since its opening in February 2011, ArtScience Museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s most famous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh. Other significant exhibitions have explored aspects of science and technology – from particle physics and big data to robotics, palaeontology, marine biology and space science.
Previously Executive Director and now Vice President of ArtScience Museum, Honor Harger curated the Museum’s first permanent exhibition, FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science and has been credited for uplifting the span and depth of the museum’s programming and vision. Under her direction, ArtScience Museum have staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and M.C. Escher, as well as showing work by contemporary artists including Theo Jansen, Lynette Wallworth, Ryoji Ikeda, Yang Yongliang, Semiconductor, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Mariko Mori and many more.
Before joining Marina Bay Sands, Honor was the director of Lighthouse in Brighton, United Kingdom, from 2010 to 2014. She was director of the AV Festival, the UK’s largest biennial of digital art, film and music from 2004 – 2008, and was also the first curator of webcasting for Tate Modern from 2000-2003.
Szan Tan is a writer, curator, researcher and fine art consultant with over twenty years of museum and curatorial experience in Singapore. She has authored A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s–1970s: Dialogues, The Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection: Donations to the Asian Civilisations Museum and Power Dressing: Textiles for Rulers and Priests from the Chris Hall Collection and managed many international travelling blockbusters from prestigious partners such as the Lourve, Orsay and British Museum. In her former capacity as a museum curator, Szan has also been awarded the Pingat Kepujian, a national commendation medal for her performance, conduct and/or devotion to duty.