What we do

By advancing the documentation, acquisition and display of modern and contemporary Asian art, Tate Research Centre: Asia aims to deepen awareness of Tate’s growing international collection and address the significant challenge that Asian art represents in the UK in terms of access, public understanding and critical interpretation.

The rigorous programme of research managed by Tate Research Centre: Asia has three strands:

  • the dissemination of new research through seminars, symposia and publications
  • the promotion of scholarly exchange through the Visiting Fellowship programme and other developmental research opportunities
  • the development of partnerships with related institutions both in the UK and in Asia.

Tate Research Centre: Asia was established in 2012 following a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Past events

Publications & resources

Visiting Fellowships

The Visiting Fellowship programme at Tate Research Centre: Asia provides researchers the opportunity to develop their independent research whilst drawing on the wealth of resources available at Tate. In addition to furthering their own research, Visiting Fellows also make a valuable contribution to the centre’s own research programme by publishing their findings, conducting seminars and convening events.

There are no fellowships or other opportunities currently available.

The current Visiting Fellow is Rattanamol Singh Johal, who will focus his research on Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, an exhibition held at Tate Modern in 2001.

“The archives of this exhibition will be central to my research into the process, during the 1990s and early 2000s, of strategically (re-)fashioning a major art institution as a platform for presenting a more globally engaged dialogue around modernism and contemporary art. Grappling with the show’s central problematic, namely the intensification – at specific moments in particular places – of the relationship between urban experience and artistic praxis, my research will attempt to chart and analyse the trajectories of artists and histories of the ‘non-West’ included in Century City, in the sections devoted to Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Tokyo and especially Bombay/Mumbai. The exhibition’s aims, achievements and effects will be considered alongside other such institutionally supported exhibitionary attempts to broaden the discussion around aesthetic modernism, including The Other Story (1989), The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (2001–2), and Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 19451965 (2016).”

Rattanamol Singh Johal is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University studying transformations in contemporary art practice, its institutional contexts and international networks during the long 1990s, with a specific focus on the development of installation art in India. He was the C-MAP Fellow for Asia in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA and a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist and publications editor at Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi.

Past visiting fellows

Michio Hayashi, Professor at Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts

Thomas Berghuis, independent curator and art historian
Gayatri Sinha, independent critic and curator

Yohko Watanabe, Professor and Curator, Keio University, Tokyo
Eva Bentcheva, independent curator and art historian

Jung-Ah Woo, Assistant Professor, Art History, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Wang Chunchen, Director, Central Fine Art Academy, Beijing

Joan Kee, Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Michigan
Martina Koppel-Yang, Independent art historian
Yuko Hasegawa, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Carol Yinghua Lu, independent art critic and curator

About us

Tate Research Centre: Asia is managed by Senior Research Curator Sook-Kyung Lee. Previously the Exhibition and Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool, Lee curated the Nam June Paik exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2010–11, and served as the Commissioner and Curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She curated collection displays Susan Norrie: Transit and Xiao Lu and Niki de Saint Phalle at Tate Modern and is currently researching transnational trajectories of modern and contemporary Asian art.

Nada Raza is the centre’s Research Curator and has a particular focus on South Asian art. Previously the Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, Raza contributed to Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art in 2013 and Bhupen Khakhar in 2016, and curated the collection displays Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Zarina Hashmi and Sheela Gowda. Raza was selected to be the curator of the Abraaj Prize Capital Art Prize 2014 and curated a thematic exhibition for the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh in 2016.

Contact us

Tate Research Centre: Asia
Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
+44 (0)20 7401 5038

Rachel Hajek, Research Coordinator

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Tate Research Centre: Asia has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.