Asia’s Top 100 Collectors You Must Know – Part 1

Wijono Tanoko (right)
Prasodjo Winarko (left)
Dato N. Parameswaran
Paulino Que (left)
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The art world’s most powerful collectors are also its most influential instigators. We profile the individuals who are putting Asia on the global art map.

TEXT: CoBo Editorial Force
IMAGES: Courtesy of the collectors

 

INDONESIA

1/ Haryanto Adikoesoemo

The founder of Museum MACAN (Indonesia) is also a property developer & president of PT AKR Corporindo, a chemical and energy logistics company

 

2/ Rudy Akili

Founder of Akili Museum, an avid art collector and owner of a prominent Indonesian travel company Smailing Tour

 

3/ Cosmas Gozali

Architect and young collector, active in Southeast Asia

 

4/ Yohana Irawan

Young collector from Jakarta & Director of Stark Retail Indonesia

 

5/ Deddy Kusuma

One of the most internationally-recognisable collectors from Jakarta, the real estate businessman started his art collection in the 1980s

 

6/ Dr. Oei Hong Djien

Founder of OHD Museum, owns the largest collection of Indonesian modern and contemporary art

 

7/ Alexandra & John Prasetio

The diplomate and his architect wife are astute collectors, long time based in South Korea

 

8/ Susan Santoso

Indonesia’s prominent young collector and a successful entrepreneur

 

9/ Ir. Ciputra

Art Patron from the prominent Ciputra family, founder of Ciputra Artpreneur Center

 

10/ Melani Setiawan

Physician & collector of four decades now, known as “Mother of young Indonesian artists”

 

11/ Tom Tandio

The automotive businessman is an inspiring collector for his generation. His new baby: IndoArtNow.com – an archival platform of contemporary Indonesian art

 

12/ Wijono Tanoko

Wijono Tanoko (right)

President Director of Avia Avian (manufacturer of paint, coating and building materials) is one of the country’s top art collectors

 

13/ Alexander Tedja

One of Indonesia’s Richest 50, the real estate developer and art lover underscores the grandeur of Gandaria City with his private collection

 

14/ Budi Tek

Farming tycoon & a renowned Chinese-Indonesian art collector, also founder of the Shanghai-based Yuz Museum

 

15/ Wiyu Wahono

PhD Engineer from a German university, known as Indonesia’s most experimental and intellectual collector

 

16/ Prasodjo Winarko

Prasodjo Winarko (left)

Hails from the Sampoerna tobacco dynasty, business in property and metal industry; started collecting in 1993 with a focus on paintings

 

SINGAPORE

17/ Hady Ang

A semi-retired art collector based in Singapore who hails from the construction and engineering business

 

18/ Ann Mui Ling

Collector focuses on works on paper, accorded the Supporter of the Arts Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore in 2013 for donations made towards the arts

 

19/ Kenneth Choe

The Executive Director of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) started collecting art as early as the 1980s, now sits at the board of Singapore Art Museum

 

20/ Richard Hoon

Businessman owns I Search Worldwide & FinTech company, Validus Capital; first collecting at 22,  now passing on his passion for art to his 3 children

 

21/ Aarti Lohia

The Indian-born, Singapore-based collector manages the Lohia Foundation that supports cross-cultural art projects

 

22/ Ernesto Bedmar

Based in Singapore since 1984, the Argentinian Architect – collector has amassed an important collection of early works by now-famous contemporary artists from the region

 

23/ Tse-Kwang Quek

Architect, art advisor, collector and hobbyist publisher

 

24/ Jackson See

An avid art collector with over 25 years of collecting experience, first on Chinese contemporary then on Southeast Asian contemporary art

 

25/Ryan Su & Adrian Chan

Andy Warhol fans who own a collection of his polaroids among other works; Lawyer and founders of the Ryan Foundation

 

26/ Boon-Hui Tan

New York-based VP for Global Arts and Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, Tan is known for helping to the best collection of contemporary Southeast Asian art at the Singapore Art Museum and is now creating a contemporary Asian art collection for the Asia Society in New York.

 

27/ Michael Tay

Expert in fine watchmaking and marketing, Michael sits in the STPI Board and is also a member of the Art Basel Cities Advisory Board; Day Job: Group managing director of Singapore’s The Hour Glass

 

28/ Daniel Tong-How Teo

Property developer owns Hong How Group and Tong Eng Group, recognised in Singapore for his support of local art and artists

 

29/ Nathalia Napitupulu Thiery

Young Indonesian collector based in Singapore, entrepreneur and designer of the fashion brand GAUDI

 

MALAYSIA

30/ Dato’ Noor Azman Mohd Nurdin

Group Executive Chairman of Lebar Daun Development Sdn Bhd, regarded in the local art scene as the veteran collector

 

31/ Datuk Hamzah Mohd Salleh

Collector and owner of Spanco, Malaysia’s leading professional fleet management company

 

32/ Pakhruddin Sulaiman

Formerly Malaysian National Art Gallery trustee, the KL-based lawyer and art fanatic is one of the top collectors of Malaysian contemporary art

 

33/ Dato N. Parameswaran & Sharmin Parameswaran

Dato N. Parameswaran

Retired Malaysian diplomat with one of the country’s largest collections, his daughter Sharmin runs Interpr8 to increase visibility of Malaysian artists

 

34/ Dato’ Marcus Tan Ser Lay

Malaysian Tycoon and developer is one of the region’s most active collectors

 

THE PHILIPPINES

35/ Paulino Que

Paulino Que (left)

The Que collection is well-known for its vaste selection of historical objets and filipino modern art. The couple is now constructing a 3rd house for their equally impressive collection of contemporary art.

 

36/ Jam Acuzar

Art patron & Founder of Bellas Artes Project; day job: business development officer at her family’s real estate company, New San Jose Builders Inc

 

37/ Robbie Antonio

Managing Director of Century Properties; the young and prolific collector, who was listed among Artnet’s Top 200 Art Collectors in 2015, is now bringing together 48 starchitects for prefabricated signature housing with his new venture Revolution Precrafted

 

38/ Lito & Kim Camacho

Based between Manila and Singapore, the avid collector-couple is particularly know for their important Kusama collection

 

39/ Lourdes & Michelangelo Samson

Singapore-based Filipino couple started by collecting filipino artists in 2005, now looking at Asia contemporary art at large

 

40/ Jaime & Beatriz Zobel de Ayala

Prominent Spanish Filipino businessman, philanthropist and art photographer; descendants of the Zobel de Ayala family that holds the Ayala Corporation

 

INDIA

41/ Kiran Nadar

The enigmatic Chairperson of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art & Trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation is one of India’s most significant art collectors. Non-art hobby: bridge game

 

42/ Feroze  & Mohit Gujral

Gujral Foundation duo, one half is a philanthropist, art aficionado, businesswoman, columnist and media personality; the other half is architect & Vice-Chairman of DLF, one of India’s largest real estate company.

 

43/ Shalini & Vivek Gupta

Businessman and prominent patron of Indian art with 25 years of collecting. Shalini heads the gallery Tasveer, India’s first gallery on photography

 

44/ Vir Kotak

New Delhi-based Collector; entrepreneur & joint managing director of JM Baxi Group, a hundred-year-old shipping services company

 

45/ Abhishek & Radhika Poddar

Head of Sua Explosives & Accessories and many other business operations including Cinnamon; setting up the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore

 

46/ Lekha Poddar & Anupam Poddar

Delhi-based mother-and-son partnership in collecting, started in late 1970s and 2000 respectively; hold 7,000 pieces of tribal and contemporary art, founders of Devi Art Foundation

 

 

 

 
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