The Powerhouse of Asia — Ultimate Guide to its Collectors I

Amna and Ali Naqvi
Kelly Ying
David Chau
Lei Wan Wan (right) and Lin Han
Lu Xun
Lu Jun
Su Yan
Li Guochang
Wang Junyuan
Guo Guangchang
Stephen Wu (Right) & Cynthia Wu (Centre)
Vijay (left) & Sunita Choraria
Manisha Gera
Rahul Baswani
Feroze (left) & Mohit Gujral
Anurag (left) & Payal Khanna
Kiran Mazumdar & John Shaw (left)
Tarana (left) & Tarun Sawhney
Pooja Singhal (center)
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Today’s top art patrons are a passionate and motivated bunch. Aside from being a ubiquitous presence at art openings, they are staging exhibitions, building art malls and museums, setting up biennales and fairs, and acting as power-brokers between cultures. Meet the Asian art collectors who are making their mark on the international art stage.

TEXT: CoBo Editorial Force
IMAGES: Courtesy of the collectors and online resources

 

Hong Kong

Monique and Max Burger


Owners of the Burger Collection, an internationally-renowned private collection of over 1,000 contemporary art pieces representing more than 120 artists ranging from Euro- American and Indian to Asian

 

Benjamin Cha 

The passionate aficionado is the chief executive of Grosvenor Asia Pacific, serves on the board of M+ Museum, Asia Art Archive and advisory committee of Tai Kwun

 

Adrian Cheng

Hong Kong-based entrepreneur whose passion for art led him to found the K11 Art Mall, K11 Atelier and the K11 Art Foundation. A frequenter of ArtReview’s Power 100

 

Evan Chow

A well-regarded financier and art collector. Recently appointed to the International Council of the New Museum and the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2018 committee

 

Hallam Chow

Lawyer, philantropist and collector, his collection focuses on Southeast Asian contemporary art; donated 5 works to M+ in 2016

 

Lawrence Chu

Co-founder and Managing Partner of BlackPine Zheng He Capital Management Limited, the US-educated collector is also a patron of UCCA, Beijing

 

William Lim

Avid collector and founder of CL3 Architects; a vocal supporter of Hong Kong contemporary art and the artchitect behind the city’s gallery landmark H Queen’s

 

Alan Lau

Senior Partner and Asia Pacific Head of McKinsey Digital, an avid collector and an active contributor to the local arts scene

 

Alan Lo

A visionary entrepreneur, art collector and a leading voice on Hong Kong’s art and design scene, founder of the ultra-hip art dinning place Duddell’s

 

Amna & Ali Naqvi

 

Amna and Ali Naqvi

Based between Lahore and Hong Kong, the Naqvis’ AAN Collection is the world’s largest private holdings of contempoary art from Pakistan and beyond

 

Ivan Pun 

Storming Hong Kong’s F&B and lifestyle scene with his keen eye to style. Avid advocator of contemporary art and design with his Pun + Projects

 

Patrick Sun 

Founder of Sunpride Foundation, Patrick collects modern and contemporary Asian art with a LGBTQ focus. The foundation held its successful inaugural show Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now at MoCA, Taipei in 2017

 

Honus Tandijono 

An advisor for Para Site Art Space, his collection ranges from international superstar Ai Wei Wei to up-and-coming local artist Adrian Wong

 

 

China

Richard Chang

Chinese-American businessman in real estate, hotels, media, fashion, etc; instrumental in bridging East and West art scenes, founder of Domus Collection

 

Kelly Ying & David Chau

Kelly Ying
David Chau

The Shanghai-based couple co-founds Art021 with PR Guru Bao Yifeng; also founders of CC Foundation

 

Chen Dongsheng

The Chinese tycoon is now the largest shareholder of Sotheby’s; other titles include: founder of China Guardian Auctions, Taikang Life Insurance, Taikang Space, and Grand-son-in-law of Mao Zedong

 

Dai Zhikang

Founder and chairman of Zendai Group with a perosnal worth of US$1.3bn; owns US$80m art collection and the Shanghai Himalayas Museum

 

Guan Yi

With a collection estimated at US$50m, the super-collector’s passion for art is to establish a complete “History of Chinese Contemporary Art” collection

 

He Jianfeng

Chairman of Infore Investments Holding Group, his Tadao Ando-designed HE Art Museum is set to open in 2018

 

He Juxing

The former general manager in brand management of Minsheng Bank was also director of Yan-Huang Art Museum and Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, he is now preparing the grand opening of his own Star Museum

 

Michael Xufu Huang

Co-founded Beijing’s M WOODS while still a student, he is now a trustee at the New Museum, NY, and listed Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017. Interest: digital art

 

Huang Yu

Once China’s Bodybuilding Champion, the Buddhist believer is also a self-confessed addictive collector; the road not taken: to become a star actor

 

Li Huina

The young Shanghainese started collecting in 2009 with big names such as Xu Bing and Cai Guoqiang

 

Li Lin

For the mastermind behind fashion label JNBY, art — and her international contemporary art collection — has been her source of inspiration

 

Lei Wan Wan & Lin Han

Lei Wan Wan (right) and Lin Han

The high-profile couple has just turned 30 last year; founders of Beijing M WOODS museum and regulars of glossy magazines and power listings

 

Kiki Liu

The US-educated new breed collector boasts a passion for art and a rich network in the art world; founded the Sishang Art Museum in Beijing in 2011

 

Lu Jun & Lu Xun

Lu Xun
Lu Jun

Father-and-son partnership at real estate development and art collecting, owners of the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing

 

Jack Ma

The Chinese business magnate and investor is also a collector and painter, of sorts. While collecting modern and contemporary art, his first painting ever, collaborated with Zeng Fanzhi fetched $5.4 million at Sotheby’s

 

Qiao Zhibing

One of China’s most ferocious art collectors; Opened the Qiao Space in Shanghai Westbund but already planning the next: Tank Shanghai, an art museum-cum-recreation facility

 

Thomas Shao

Mainland China’s media mogul and avid art collector

 

Su Yan & Li Guochang

Su Yan
Li Guochang

Chairman of China Forestry Holdings, their US$65m art collection includes1,000 works of antiquities and contemporary Chinese paintings; publishers of Art Bank and Art Times

 

Wang Bing

Founder of New Century Art Foundation (NCAF), his collection features stars artists including Qiu Xiaofei, Wang Yin, Cao Fei and Liu Ye

 

Wang Jianlin

Asia’s second richest man (Bloomberg, July 2016),his Dalian Wanda Group operates in real-estate development, yacht business and Spanish soccer team; owns US$1.6 billion in art, ranging from Chinese modern to international contemporary

 

Wang Junyuan & Guo Guangchang

Wang Junyuan
Guo Guangchang

Chinese billionaire business magnate chairs the Fosun International Limited; they founded the Fosun Foundation Art Centre in 2016 with wife Wang as the director

 

Wang Wei & Liu Yiqian

The couple is among China’s most successful art collectors and owns three Long museums in Shanghai and Chongqing

 

Wang Zhongjun

Chinese movie mogul who broke Van Gogh’s auction record in 2014 by paying US$61.8 million for Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies at Sotheby’s

 

Yang Bin

One of China’s biggest car dealers; bought his first works in 2000 and has since amassed over 1000 works; owns the Aye Gallery with his wife Yan Qing

 

Frank Yang

Founder of Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation that runs non-profit You Space and Extra Space in Shenzhen

 

Yu Mingfang

Businessman mogul, worth US$910 million, owns Chinese shoe producer Belle International Holdings, collects contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Luc Tuymans, Zheng Yi Zheng, Liu Wei, etc.

 

Zhang Rui

Telecommunications entrepreneur is one of China’s “super-collectors” with a collection of 800 pieces

 

Zhao Lingjia

Millennials generation collector; first art purchase was a HK$4.8m Yoshitomo Nara painting; snapped up 20 pieces within a year by the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin & Yayoi Kusama

 

Zhao Yisong

Vice President of Huayu Group, a real estate developer, and the initiator of Huayu Youth Award

 

Zhou Chong

The UCLA graduate is a 2nd-generation collector; also founder of Art Project CZ

 

Zheng Hao

The Founder of HOW Art Museum in Wuhan who also opened his second museum in Shanghai last year, he also founds and heads the Wenzhou Wanhe Group that runs five-star Howard Johnson Onehome Hotel

 

 

Taiwan

Pierre Chen

Chairman of Yageo, a major manufacturer of electronic components; one of Asia’s leading collectors of Western contemporary art, in particular works by Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter

 

Chen Wu-kang 

The Chariman of Kelti Group is best known for his big bids on Sanyu and Cai Guoqiang

 

Jay Chou 

Taiwan’s superstar and Asia’s sweetheart, Jay Chou is known for his frequent IG posts of artworks. He is a fan of Basquiat and is believed to be the secret bidder of some top notch sales

 

James Chu 

The founder of ViewSonic is also a low-profile collector in the arts

 

Deng Chuan-hsin 

Best known for his connection with Chu Teh-Chun. Organizing exhibitions and donating his own collection to museums, Deng is one of the major collectiors in Taiwan

 

Chen Guohe 

Famous for his Tianhuang stone collection but also set up a foundation to promote Taiwanese and international art

 

Hsu Chi-yao

Director of J-shan in Taiwan, his effort to line up artists, sculptors and gardener into architecture is remarkable

 

Mickey Huang Tzu-chiao 

Mickey Huang Tzu-chiao is a Taiwanese comedian, television host, actor and collector

 

Ellie Lai

Chairwoman of My Humble House which owns Sheraton Grand Taipei, Le Meridien Taipei and the artsy Humble House Taipei, she decorated her hotels with works by Zhou Chun Ya and contemporary artists

 

Lin Mu-ho

From antique to modernist works, the prominent entrepreneur has completed his collectorship by expanding to contemporary in recent years

 

Victor Ma

Victor Ma from Yuanta Financial Holdings has a large collection in Chinese masters. He is a also a fan of Bryan Hunt and Keith Haring

 

Hermie Miu

A collector who collects all sort of things including comics and toys. His collection includes Yue Minjun and Nara Michiko

 

Leo Shih

A hardware inventor and trader based in Taichung; began collecting in 1990s, shifting his focus from the first generation of Chinese oil painters to Asian contemporary art

 

Stan Shih 

Stan Shih is the founder, president, and chairman of Acer Inc., having seen the company grow from a tiny start-up to a billion-dollar worldwide brand.  He is the founder of Stan’s Foundation which sponsors cultural activities

 

Leslie Sun 

An interdisciplinary lifestyle credited to her SUNSET shop and projects, her collection focuses primarily on Western contempoary art

 

Daniel Tsai

Daniel Tsai is a Taiwanese billionaire businessman and have a famous collection of Zao Wou-ki and Sanyu

 

Rudy Tseng 

Full-time art collector of 20 years who founded his collection on YBAs, accidentally turned himself into a curator

 

Wang Shaw-lan 

The Taiwan-based media magnate who is best known for her onwership of Lanvin, is also a prominent art collector

 

Stephen Wu & Cynthia Chen 

Stephen Wu (Right) & Cynthia Wu (Centre)

Stephen and Cynthia are a power couple in Taiwanese art scene. Have been collecting for decades, the duo are the familiar guests in different art fairs and events in the region

 

Yao Chien 

The renowned music producer collects to investigate Western influences on Asian arts between 20th century and the contemporary days

 

Ye Yu-hsiu

Founder of Yu-hsiu Museum of Art. Having great enthuasiasm in Realism, her collection includes works by Patricia Piccinini, Sam Jinks and Ryūsuke Fukahori, etc.

 

Bangladesh

Nadia & Rajeeb Samdani

Industrialist and 2nd generation collector, the masterminds behind the Dhaka Art Summit, Samdani Art Foundation and a public art center in Sylhet, to open later this year

 

India

Tina Ambani

Founder of Harmony Art Foundation; acclaimed for supporting and presenting emerging artists alongside established ones in an attempt to develop a platform to discover young talents. Her passion for the arts takes root in her earlier career as a Bollywood actress

 

Udit Bhambri

Business director of VML India, Udit Bhambri is passionate about the finer things in life, including contemporary art

 

Vijay & Sunita Choraria

Vijay (left) & Sunita Choraria

Starting as a young couple with little knowledge about the arts, Vijay and Sunita found inspiration in a variety of sources. They took to developing their collection as a shared, pleasurable activity and a medium to get to know one another

 

Manisha Gera & Rahul Baswani

Manisha Gera
Rahul Baswani

The collection is very Indian in its ethos, a mix of everything including some of India’s most famous artists like Nasreen Mohamadi and Zarina Hashmi

 

Shreyasi Goenka 

Shreyasi continued the family tradition of collecting; starting as early as age 20, her collection spans from decorative to contemporary art. She is also the Co-Director of Saat Saath Arts Foundation

 

Harsh Goenka

Initially collected works from the Bengal School, then moved on to Baroda School with more abstract and conceptual works, the chairman of RPG Enterprises is currently obsessed with commissioning portraits, amounting to 700-800 artists’ portraits of himself and other artists

 

Feroze & Mohit Gujral

Feroze (left) & 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

 

 

Roshini Sanah Jaiswal

The renwoned businesswoman is known for her art-filled apartment in Mumbai. Her collection includes works from modern masters such as MF Husai, FN Souza, and contemporary artists such as Jitish Kallat and Victor Rodriguez

 

Natasha Jeyasingh

Bandra-based art consultant and founder of Carpe Arte, a young collector’s club in Mumbai, is also an avid collector herself

 

Siddharth Kasliwal

Siddharth Kasliwal of Gem Palace, Jaipur’s legendary jewelry emporium was introduced to the arts by his father. He continues his father’s legacy of jewelry business and his passion for the arts

 

Anurag & Payal Khanna

Anurag (left) & Payal Khanna

The Gandhidham-based couple are known for their risk-taking collecting style when they dedicated a significant portion of their collection to experimental practices and video art since 2001

 

Vir Kotak

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

 

Amit Mahateny

Hotelier Amit Mahateny, who started off purchasing artworks for projects, has developed a personal liking for the arts. This budding collector is keen to build his own collection of contemporary art

 

Keshav Mahendru

At age 14, his first purchase was a work by Shilpa Gupta. His collection now comprises of Asian and Western artists

 

Manish Maker

With a keen interest for installation art, Maker brings together art and architecture through is ambitious real estate projects

 

Kiran Mazumdar & John Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar & John Shaw (left)

The quiet and dignified couple have been described as insatiable collectors; live in a home surrounded by works of artists, known and emerging, reacting purely from the gut rather than being driven by their market or value. John is founder & chairperson of Biocon

 

Vishal Mehta 

Director of Rosy Blue, leading international diamond manufacturer, Vishal is a new generation, Mumbai-based collector and a committed supporter of the Saat Saath Arts Foundation

 

Lakshmi Mittal

ArcelorMittal CEO, he contributed £19.6m ($31.7m) to Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s Olympic tower The Orbit and purchased the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei for his collection. He keeps his art collection private

 

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

 

Shalini Passi

Founder of The Shalini Passi Foundation for the Arts and the arts blog MASH (My Art Shalini). Shalini is an avid collector of art and design, evident in her vast collection of furniture, tapestries, and rare antiques, which are juxtaposed with cutting-edge contemporary art and design. Her collection includes the most coveted names of Indian contemporary art, including Bharti Kher, Anita Dube, Zarina Hashmi, Subodh Gupta, Atul Dodiya, and Riyas Komu – to name a few – alongside significant international artists and designers such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ron Arad, Vladimir Kagan, and Hervé Van Der Straeten.

 

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

 

Lekha & 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

 

Sana Rezwan Sait

The creative professional engaged in numerous consultancy projects involving fashion, art and design. Her collection boasts a wide range from South Asian to Middle Eastern art; with a preference for female artists

 

Tarana & Tarun Sawhney 

Tarana (left) & Tarun Sawhney

Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and the Tate South Asian Acquisition Committee, Tarana plays an instrumental role in developing the region’s international profile. As a collector, she continues to build a collection with her husband Tarun in their charming 50-year-old Delhi Bungalow.

 

Malvinder Singh

The avid art collector & businessman has built a sizeable collection of modern & contemporary art. He has a penchant for photography acquired from his late father Parvinder Singh. Singh has broadened his vision and love for art with Religare Arts Initiative that aims to bring creative expressions closer to the public through understanding and appreciation

 

Pooja Singhal

Pooja Singhal (center)

Pooja Singhal collection focuses on contemporary art, including some of the most prominent Indian contemporary artists: Zarina Hashmi, Jitish Kallat, Jaganath Panda, etc.

 

Siddharth Somaiya

Budding collector Siddharth follows his grandfather’s footsteps and is passionate about supporting emerging artists through collecting

 

Tahir Sultan 

The Indo-Kuwaiti fashion designer is known for his eclectic taste in all things creative, including contemporary art

 

Nathan Wadhwani

Nathan Wadhwani is a tech startup founder who moved from San Francisco to Mumbai in 2015. He started his contemporary art collection along with Carpe Art; a platform that encourages people to engage with and support the art of their generation

 

Also check out Part II of the story: collectors from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and many more:

The Powerhouse of Asia — Ultimate Guide to its Collectors II

 

 

 
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