Isabella TAM

Isabella TAM


Born in 1979 in Hong Kong. Lives and works in Hong-Kong. Graduated with an MA in Gallery Studies of the Department of Art History from University of Essex in 2004.
Isabella Tam is a curator of visual art at M+ Museum, a new global museum of visual culture. She joined the museum since its inception in 2012, and has been contributing in the building of a premier collection of Asia Art with a global perspective, and organising collection displays and contemporary exhibition with transnational focus. She also delivers public talks for cultural institutions and sat as a jury member for the Exposure Award of the Photofair.

Recent curations
2023 “Sigg Prize 2023”, M+, Hong Kong
2022 “Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now”, M+, Hong Kong
2021 “M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation”, M+, Hong Kong
2021 “Individuals, Networks, Expressions”, M+, Hong Kong
2019 “Mapping Chinese Art 1972-2012”, online exhibition, M+, Hong Kong 

Other Activities
2022  Assistant Editor, ‘Chinese Art since 1970: M+ Sigg Collection’, Thames & Hudson, London; M+, Hong Kong
2021  Jury, Exposure Award, Photofairs Shanghai
2018  Moderator, ‘Decoding PROVOKE a talk by Iizawa Kotaro’, Hong Kong International Photo Festival

About curatorial activities
Tam's curatorial interests and activities is surrounding Asia art and photography in a transnational context and their counterpoints.

Expressive Potential of an Image Nil Installation view of ‘Individuals, Networks, Expressions’, M+, 2021

Installation view of ‘Canton Express’, M+, 2017

Installation view of ‘Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now’, M+, 2022
Photo: Lok Cheng. Courtesy of M+, Hong Kong