Launch of Leading Patrons of Asian Art : Project Trailer

Launched in conjunction with publication Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art : Uli Sigg In Conversation with Patricia Chen. to order.




Leading Patrons of Asian Art

Dear friends,

It gives me immense pleasure to announce the launch of Leading Patrons of Asian Art series of publications and films, a project I have been fully immersed in for the past 3 years.

Uli Sigg will be the first protagonist of the series. Universally known as the patron who amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese contemporary art in the world, Sigg made headlines when he donated more than 60% of his collection, valued at USD 163million to the M+ museum of visual culture in Hong Kong in June 2012.

Presented with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the event will debut the publication, Uli Sigg: In Conversation with Patricia Chen, with the screening of China’s Art Missionary, an excerpt of a documentary film in progress. Uli Sigg will also be present for a session of Q & A.

For those who are in or will be heading to Hong Kong, do come and join us!
Admission is free and ticket registration is now available on a first come first served basis.

For more information on the project, do visit

Patricia Chen
Author and Filmmaker



Copyright © 2012, Patricia Chen

Leading Collector of Chinese Art, Uli Sigg, reflects on the 3-day shoot in Mauensee, Switzerland, June 2012.

Note : As the Producer, I have made no attempt whatsoever to direct or edit these reflections. They were done in a single take with no preparation in advance. This is because i would like the audience and readers to have as direct an experience as possible with the subjects, just as i have experienced them during the shoot – complete with their unique personalities, quirkiness and idiosyncrasies. The role that i play is not that of a content filter but merely of a platform creator, content facilitator and aggregator, so their stories and personalities can shine with as little intervention as possible.

Shoot in Mauensee completes

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!

Film Crew with Rita and Uli Sigg. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.

One of many briefing sessions. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.

Uli Sigg donates art collection to M+

Press Conference at Art Basel on the announcement of the donation. (Left to right) Uli Sigg, Lars Nittve, Michael Lynch. June 14, 2012

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.