A Mirror to China’s Art Scene – Frederik Balfour


From Business Week:

With more than 1,400 works from 200 different Chinese contemporary artists, Swiss businessman has amassed the world’s most comprehensive collection of Chinese contemporary . Sigg lived in China in the 1980s while working for Schindler Lifts, a manufacturer of escalators and elevators. Yet it wasn’t until he returned to China as Swiss ambassador in 1995 that he began collecting.

He spoke to BusinessWeek Correspondent Frederik Balfour on the sidelines of the Christie’s Art Auction in Hong Kong about the genesis of his collection, motivations of contemporary artists, and the recent skyrocketing prices of Chinese art. [Full text]

See also “China: Cultural Evolution” from Business Week (link); – “The Price Of Chairman Mao” by Letters from China (link); – “Speculation inflates Chinese contemporary art prices” by The Art Newspaper (link); – “Christie’s Sells Record HK$1.19 Bln Asian Art in Hong Kong Sale” by Bloomberg (link). For more about Uli Sigg, see this CDT post from last year (link).

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