Uli Sigg presents a new perception of Chinese art to the West
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Uli Sigg presents a new perception of Chinese art to the West

Wang Xingwei’s ‘My Beautiful Life’, 1993-1995, oil on canvas. Uli Sigg says contemporary Chinese art is often misinterpreted by the West. When West Kowloon’s M+ museum finally opens, perhaps towards the end of 2020, Uli Sigg hopes it will completely change the world’s idea of contemporary Chinese art. Sigg is a Swiss businessman, diplomat and art collector. While around the world there have been several exhibitions of parts of his 2,500-piece collection – the world’s largest – Western curators have tended to choose items for display according to their own preconceptions about China. They have a particular penchant for the political, such as the period of pop art from the 80s and 90s, which deliberately took aim at Mao Zedong and his legacy. “A Western curator will always prefer a work that has to do with human rights and not understand a work that deals in a patient way or even a spectacular way with calligraphy, because he doesn’t know [it],” says Sigg. Art Basel Hong Kong: resident artists talk about struggle and success in the city But there’s much more to contemporary Chinese art than politics, and the 1,510 works from his collection that will appear at M+ […]

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