The short film, China’s Art Missionary, has been selected for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque, accessible to industry delegates throughout the period of the festival and 90 days after. Sheffield Documentary Festival is UK’s biggest documentary festival and the third largest in the world.
What a week ! The most memorable parts for me were not only the wacky moments with Dr. Oei and the artists, but the way I was very openly let into his universe as we chat about both enjoyable and difficult topics. The individuals I have specifically requested to speak to on my wish list all turned up — 2 groups flew in while others travelled from neighbouring cities. What was unexpected for me was the depth, honesty and the candour of some of the conversations I have had with his successors, closest friends and artists. I felt I was let in into the circle of trust as I probed, especially on difficult topics. Sweltering heat, stuffy film sets, punishing schedules and endless interviews took its toll midway, but on the last day, a visit by a curatorial team from Europe, organised by Mondriaan Fonds visited the museum, refreshed me. Their curiosity of Asian art reminded me what prompted me to embark on this very ambitious project on my own in the first place. I look forward to telling the story.
Dr. Oei Hong Djien, Indonesia’s leading art collector is in Singapore and I took the opportunity to have a few sessions with Dr. Oei for the fundraising trailer and background research for the shoot in November.
Filming of Uli Sigg and his collection at Mauensee, Switzerland completes. It has been an intense week of shoot in Mauensee and at Art Basel – many many unforgettable moments at the 600 year-old castle with Uli and Rita and the many great Chinese masterpieces that will eventually end up at M+ museum. I now look forward to working with the text and will start to work on the next round of shoot in Indonesia!
June 14, 2012. My visit to Documenta and Art Basel is perfectly timed – the media briefing relating to the announcement of Uli Sigg’s donation of 1463 works to the collection of M+ (valued at USD 163 million) was just announced yesterday. This is a writer’s/ film maker’s dream – as when the choice was made of the collector, this was not on the horizon.
The donation comprises works from the crucial 1979-2009 period, comprising many significant works by Ai Weiwei, Ding i, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Gu Wenda, Huang Yongping, Liu Wei, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, Yang Shaobin, Yue Minjun, Yu Youhan, Zeng Fanshi, Zhang Peili, Zhang Xiaogang. As part of the gift/part purchase agreement, M+ also acquired a further 47 works from Uli Sigg for USD 22.7million.
Filming of and interview with Uli Sigg will take place in 3 days.
Filming for the short film cum ebook on Leading Collectors of Asian Contemporary art started in Hong Kong a day before the start of Art Hong Kong. Representatives from the international art world were invited to speak briefly about the collectors in the project. Here are some still snippets.
As to their part, you really have to watch this space !