Collector Budi Tek on His ‘Mission Impossible’: To Give China Its First Public Contemporary Art Museum Before He Dies
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Collector Budi Tek on His ‘Mission Impossible’: To Give China Its First Public Contemporary Art Museum Before He Dies

The collector Budi Tek. Photo courtesy of the Yuz Museum. An outsize figure in the small but growing world of Chinese contemporary art, Budiardjo “Budi” Tek has always been a man in a hurry. Born in Jakarta a little over 60 years ago, he made a fortune as the head of the vertically integrated poultry company PT Sierad Produce Tbk and began using his money to buy art in 2004. Things happened in quick succession after that: his collection grew to more than 1,500 pieces—with a focus on the Chinese contemporary art of the politically turbulent 1980s and ‘90s—and then he founded a museum for his collection in a 9,000-square-foot former aircraft hanger in Shanghai’s West Bund, naming it the Yuz Museum after the possessive of his Chinese name, Yu Deyao (so: Yu’s Museum). Since then, he has produced dozens of shows, from spotlights on rising stars to landmark surveys of Giacometti and Warhol to blockbuster showcases of popular “mega-works”—to use Tek’s term—like Rain Room . His Yuz Foundation sponsored a Zeng Fanzhi show at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and in 2017, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor. One reason for Tek’s […]

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