Uli Sigg had a strategy for his collection of Chinese art from the very beginning. “I wanted it to be a mirror of Chinese art production, across time and across all media,” the Swiss collector told Blouin Artinfo in 2012. “To put my personal taste in the background, and collect like an institution.” In 2012, the collection that he had been amassing like an institution was given to one. He donated almost everything he had—1,500 works of art—to M+ in Hong Kong, keeping only 400 pieces for himself. M+ plans to open in 2019. In the meantime, works from Sigg’s collection will be on view in several museum exhibitions. He continues to collect.

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Uli Sigg

Mauensee, Switzerland

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Contemporary art, especially Chinese

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Sigg has never sold a work from his collection. Why? “I cannot expect artists to give me a good price and then I turn it over for a profit,” he told Sotheby’s magazine in 2012.