The Arts

Emi Eu

Emi Eu is one of the key people facilitating artistic experimentation in Singapore and across Southeast Asia

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Emi Eu, the executive director of STPI, a contemporary art gallery and a print and paper workshop, is a leading voice in Singapore’s art scene. Apart from growing the influence and footprint of STPI—the gallery became the first one from Singapore to participate at the prestigious Art Basel in Switzerland in 2013—she has also facilitated the massive development of the arts locally. Under her leadership, STPI’s residency and exhibition programme has helped develop projects by distinguished artists including China’s Lin Tianmiao, Korea’s Lee Bul, Indonesia’s Christine Ay Tjoe, Iran’s Shirazeh Houshiary and Germany’s Tobias Rehberger. She has also played a crucial role in the success of the STPI-led S.E.A. Focus, an initiative focusing on Southeast Asian contemporary art.

Formerly the president of Art Galleries Association Singapore, Eu is a member of the selection committee for Art Basel Hong Kong, and since 2007 has been the programme director of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès Aloft in Singapore. She previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as galleries in cities including Venice. A global citizen, Eu has lived in Korea, United States (where her mum, Korean textile historian and embroiderer Chung Young Yang, is still based) and Italy before settling down with her husband in Singapore.

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A collector of Asian and Western art, Eu has Singaporean artists Heman Chong and Ming Wong’s work in her possession. 

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