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The inaugural Asia Society Triennial, a festival of art, ideas, and innovation, will launch in spring 2020. This first edition of the Triennial will include a multi-venue exhibition, interdisciplinary panels, forums, and performances.

The centerpiece of the Triennial, an exhibition entitled We Do Not Dream Alone, will open to the public on June 5, 2020, and continue through August 9.


Contemporary Art
From and About Asia

Featuring approximately 40 artists and artist groups, the first Asia Society Triennial reflects the diversity of contemporary art from Asia and the diaspora. It will celebrate the rich tapestry of Asian cultures that comprise a significant, yet historically underserved, demographic within New York City.

Commissions by:

Song-Ming Ang

Reza Aramesh

Vibha Galhotra

Joyce Ho

Abir Karmakar


Lao Tongli

Lu Yang


Prabhavathi Meppayil

Anne Samat

Samita Sinha

Sun Xun

Melati Suryodarmo

Natee Utarit

Wen Hui

Xu Bing

Xu Zhen

More updates coming soon.

Curatorial Statement

The first initiative of its kind in the United States, the Asia Society Triennial is a multi-venue, multimedia, exhibition initiative across New York City that focuses exclusively on contemporary art from and about Asia.

The Curators

The Asia Society Triennial is cocurated by Boon Hui Tan, vice president of global artistic programs and director of Asia Society Museum, and Michelle Yun, senior curator of Asian contemporary art at Asia Society Museum and associate director of the Triennial.

photo of Boon Hui Tan
Image Credit: National Heritage Board

Boon Hui Tan

Boon Hui Tan is Artistic Director and cocurator of the Asia Society Triennial 2020. Since 2015, he has been Vice President for Global Artistic Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, where he leads the organization’s global arts and cultural activities spanning visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and film. Prior to this, he was Assistant Chief Executive (Museum & Programs) at the National Heritage Board (NHB) in Singapore, where he oversaw exhibitions, programs, and outreach events across the Board’s museums, institutions, and divisions. In 2015, he was Artistic Director for Singapour en France, le Festival, the largest multidisciplinary presentation of contemporary culture from Singapore and Southeast Asia in France. As a curator and programmer, his research and writing interests focus on the contemporary artistic expressions of Southeast Asia and Asia and the remaking of traditions among artists of today. Tan was a founding board member of the International Biennial Association. He was Director of the Singapore Art Museum from 2009 to 2013, where he led the transformation of the museum into a contemporary art institution focused on Southeast Asia and assembled the largest public collection of contemporary art from the region. He was concurrently Director of the Organising Secretariat for the Singapore Biennale 2011. He initiated the regional focus and group curating approach which became the distinguishing feature of the Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed, and served as a cocurator and Project Director. At Asia Society, he acted as cocurator After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History and most recently in 2018 he served as cocurator of The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India, a pioneering exhibition on the Indian Progressive Artists Group. Tan also Chairs the jury for the IMPART Art Awards in Singapore.

photo of Michelle Yun
Image Credit: Edward Mapplethorpe

Michelle Yun

Michelle Yun is Senior Curator of Asian Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum and Associate Director of the Asia Society Triennial. She is responsible for overseeing the modern and contemporary exhibition program and the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art. During her tenure, Yun has served as curator or cocurator for over twenty-five exhibitions for the institution. Yun was formerly the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries prior to her appointment to Asia Society. She has served as the Project Director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Yun is a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Asian art. Her writings have been included in many publications including After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of HistoryNo Limits: Zao Wou-Ki; and Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot; all of which she also co-edited; Kim Tschang YeulPatti Smith: 9.11 BabelogueCai Guo-Qiang: I Want To BelieveBenezit Dictionary of Asian Artists and The Grove Dictionary of Art (Oxford University Press); and Greater New York, published in conjunction with the 2003 exhibition organized by PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Yun earned her MA in Modern Art and Critical Studies from Columbia University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders and sits on the Advisory Board of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

The Steering Committee

Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. (Executive Chair)

David Barboza

Lilly Chen

Niv Fichman

David Henry Hwang

Golnar Khosrowshahi

Mee-Seen Loong

Charles Rockefeller

Hao Sheng

Andreas Teoh

Robert Wong

Notice Something Different?

Good. We’ve been busy reimagining Asia Society’s look to better express our 21st century vision. The Asia Society Triennial offers a sneak peek. Stay tuned for more!


Additional Support By

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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