Eight Things You Should Know About Collecting Asian Contemporary Art
Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Vice President of Global Art Programs, Asia Society
Dr. Melissa Chiu is Asia Society's Museum Director and Vice President of Global Art Programs. A leading expert on Asian contemporary art, a prolific writer, curator, and TV presenter, Dr. Chiu presides over one of the world's best collections of Asian traditional art, assembled by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and has since 2007 led the Asia Society in the initiation of a collection of Asian contemporary art.
With the aim of representing the rapidly evolving field of contemporary art across Asia, initial acquisitions of the collection include video, photography, animation, and new media artworks by 18 Asian artists including Nam June Paik, Patty Chang, Yoko Ono, Xu Bing, Shilpa Gupta, and Zhang Dali.
Dr. Chiu will share her insights into what makes a successful collection, how to go about forming a collection and what not to do. Dr. Chiu has curated nearly 30 exhibitions of Asian artists and published numerous books on the subject, such as Asian Art Now (Monacelli Press, 2010). She completed her PhD in Art History at the University of Western Sydney focusing on Chinese art and artists. She founded the Asia-Australia Arts Centre before joining the Asia Society as its Museum Director in 2004.
Co-presented with The Friends of The Hong Kong Museum of Arts