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In January 2012, The Wall Street Journal interviewed Siu Li Tan, an assistant director and curator for the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), who talked about the importance of private collectors and their unique role in shaping the Asian art community.
From The Wall Street Journal,
I [Siu Li Tan] have been watching with interest the recent mushrooming of private museums and art foundations across Asia. Some of these have been established with very clear aims and ambitions in mind: Besides serving as an exhibition platform for new art forms, these private museums or foundations are also committed to nurturing an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art with their education and outreach initiatives.
At the same time, however, a number of other private museums exist purely to house their founders’ expansive collections, and are not exactly accessible to the public. This is where an institution like SAM can play a role in bringing together, in a single venue, important or interesting works of art drawn from these private collections.
It remains to be seen how this recent trend of private museums develops in this region, for it has enormous potential to shape the contemporary art scene, given the lack of public art institutions with the means and/or inclination to exhibit contemporary art. I can’t help but think about the FACE (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe) model, where an alliance of art foundations established by private collectors organises exhibitions which draw on works from their collections and which travel around the different country venues. Imagine what a similar model could do for contemporary art in Asia.
Tan goes on to comment that museums are largely priced out of contemporary art acquisitions, which greatly affects institutions in Asian countries where art philanthropy and donation are less common. However, collectors are adapting to this non-traditional situation and are finding ways to provide access to their collections and their wealth. In China, leading contemporary art collector Uli Sigg founded the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards to provide stronger institutional support for contemporary artists in the country, and Art Radar also noted the increase in private museums in Asia as part of our contemporary Asian art trends series.
- New private contemporary art museum for Dubai – December 2011 – a new museum housing the collection of arts patron Ramin Salsali
- What motivates billionaire collector Victor Pinchuk? The Art Newspaper – November 2011 – how one Ukrainian mogul has created a private collection empire
- Provocative agenda at huge Australian collector-owned museum – November 2011 – David Walsh’s private museum goes for eccentricity over familiarity
- Which museums are collecting Chinese contemporary art? New database just revealed – November 2009 – an online resource from the AW Asia gallery to track museum acquisitions of contemporary Chinese art
- Singapore Museum Guide – November 2009 – a run-down of museums in Singapore and what they exhibit
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