Session - 26 November 2020
This session investigates the role of private collectors in establishing remarkable collections of modern and contemporary Asian art, and making these collections public, either through loans, donations and ‘friendly’ sales, or through the establishment of private museums. Over the past two decades Chinese contemporary art has made an increasingly global impact as a growing number of collectors – both mainland Chinese, overseas Chinese and non-Chinese around the world – have taken an interest in it. Since then, many of the larger collectors have loaned, donated or sold their artworks to public museums or, alternatively set up their own private museums, resulting in a proliferation of private contemporary art museums in mainland China over the last decade. Predicated on the observation that the circulation of artworks and the location of collections and museums transcends the borders of mainland China, this session explores the multiple connections between private collections and public exhibitions in larger East Asia (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia). The session covers papers that discuss the collection, circulation and exhibition of artworks in primarily this larger East and Southeast Asia region.