Private Collecting: Motivations, Tastes and Narratives

26 January 2019

"The Village" at S.E.A. Focus
Gillman Barracks, Block 7, Lock Road S108935

4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

General admission tickets permit entry to all the talks.

With Dr. Cheryl Loh, Dr. Wiyu Wahono, Lu Xun
Moderated by Sharanjit Leyl

Collecting is no easy feat as collectors, both local and international, have to navigate through a region as diverse as Southeast Asia with a large and wide-ranging body of contemporary artwork that is scattered geographically across various art scenes and markets. The speakers will discuss the factors that they take into account when building a contemporary art collection  along with the narratives (personal, national, socio-political and art historical) that the collectors hope to create through their collection.

The talk will explore topics such as: what are the responsibilities and roles of collectors within the larger art ecosystem? What happens when private collections become public? How do we ethically address the relationship between the public and private, non-profit and corporate? Why should new media art be included in a contemporary art collection? How can we encourage and foster more collectors in this region?

About the Speakers

Dr. Cheryl Loh is one-half of the art collecting duo that forms the Drs. John and Cheryl Chia Collection. She and her husband, Dr. John, are committed collectors with a collection comprising around 300 contemporary works from around Asia. As a couple, they are part of a new group of art collectors in Southeast Asia whose activities are enlarging the reach of contemporary artists’ practices beyond the studio and gallery.

Dr. Wiyu Wahono has been named a leading “cultural engineer” of the contemporary scene, and is one of the earliest and most significant collectors of cutting edge contemporary art. He is a member of the Art Stage Jakarta Board of Young Collectors, the Singapore Art Fair Honorary Board of Patrons, and the jury for the Bandung Contemporary Art Awards.

Lu Xun lives and works in Nanjing China. He is a collector of contemporary Chinese and international art. In 2013, he founded the new Sifang Art Museum designed by the renowned American architect Steven Holl. He worked closely with architects and artists to plan and commission more than 40 buildings and art installations in the Sifang Collective, which was nominated by The New York Times as a “Leading Culture Destination in Asia and the Pacific” in 2015. Lu has been selected for “40 Under 40” by Apollo Magazine as well as “The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors” by Artnet. He currently sits on the board of Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern and is a founding member of Delfina Foundation’s Asia Pacific Committee.

Sharanjit Leyl is a Singaporean producer and presenter for BBC World News. She regularly anchors Asia Business Report and Newsday from the BBC’s Singapore studio. She is also a reporter and producer on these shows along with World Business Report. Previously, she was with Bloomberg Television where she reported on breaking financial stories as well as major news events.