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ArtAsiaPacific March - April 2015

For over 20 years, ArtAsiaPacific has been at the forefront of the powerful creative forces that shape contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Covering the latest in contemporary visual culture, ArtAsiaPacific is published in Hong Kong, with over 30 editorial desks worldwide. Our annual issue, the Almanac, is an alphabetical tour d'horizon of the 67-odd countries covered in ArtAsiaPacific, spanning Afghanistan to Vietnam. The Almanac also invites influential art world figures to comment on the major cutural events that have shaped the past 12 months. Now also available on the iPhone!

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dial m for madness

M is for March, money—and madness. The art world is in for a dizzying month of activity including the Sharjah Biennial, sandwiched in between the Armory Show and Asia Week in New York, TEFAF in Maastricht, followed by Art Basel and Art Central in Hong Kong, which close on the heels of Art Dubai and Art Fair Tokyo. Taking a moment to understand how the carnival circuit became so frenetic, this issue of ArtAsiaPacific looks at the personalities who nurture the market, as well as the local conditions that create and sustain dynamic art communities. The Features section presents a poignant tribute to the late Robert H. Ellsworth, penned by curator Alexandra Munroe of the Guggenheim Museum. Ellsworth, who passed away in August 2014, was a legendary self-taught art dealer, philanthropist,…


DORYUN CHONG Doryun Chong is the inaugural chief curator at Hong Kong’s future museum of visual culture, M+. He is currently co-curating a solo exhibition of Tsang Kin-Wah for Hong Kong’s participation in the 2015 Venice Biennale. Previously, Chong was a curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. (see FEATURES) ANTONY DAPIRAN Antony Dapiran is a writer, photographer and partner of the international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has lived between Hong Kong and Beijing for almost 20 years. In his legal practice, Dapiran advises on corporate and capital market transactions and consults with galleries, artists and dealers on art market issues. (see FINE PRINT) HO SIN TUNG Multidisciplinary artist Ho Sin Tung is a Fine Arts graduate of The Chinese…

ho sin tung on zhong ling ling

Zhong Ling Ling has written seven books—five of which are already out of print. One of the remaining two was published by Hong Kong literary magazine Fleurs des Lettres and included in an issue as a free add-on. The last can often be found in the “special discount” sections of Hong Kong book fairs. So cheap and so valuable at the same time: such states of sheer contradiction are Zhong’s domain, and also what serves as the basis for her writing. Zhong is an author who produces so little work that any creative activity is met with a flurry of attention. In 2014, she wrote Born to Be, and her novel before that, Rose Rosary, was written 17 years ago. Literary events that she attends are packed with anxious and adoring fans.…


If you look closely into the corners of Yogyakarta, you will often see senior citizens hard at work: old men pedaling becaks (rickshaws) with whatever power they have left, and elderly women hawking on the sidewalks all day. The average life expectancy in Yogyakarta, at around 65 years, is the highest compared to other regions in Indonesia. Its harmonious life is often cited as the cause. For the Javanese people, the keraton city—site of the former sultan’s grand palace—is a cultural center with long-standing tradition. The temporary capital city during the Indonesian National Revolution (1945–49), Yogyakarta, also known as Jogja, has long been a hotbed of Indonesian political ideology and a base for progressive artists. It was in Yogyakarta during the polarized period of the revolution that pioneering painters such as…

tightening the reins

The film, which is the second from Chen’s ongoing project “Leading Patrons of Asian Art,” is a 50-minute documentary profiling Oei Hong Djien, one of Indonesia’s leading art collectors. The film attempts to unravel Oei’s sense of public responsibility as a key figure of Indonesia’s art scene. When Oei’s new OHD Museum opened in Magelang, Indonesia, to the public in 2012, the third venue built to house his extensive collection, the 75-year-old collector faced intense scrutiny after allegations surfaced of forged paintings being in his possession. In an artinfo.com interview, Chen, the former manager of the now-closed Sculpture Square art space in Singapore, commented that with more accessibility to his collection, “Dr. Oei opened himself up to an entirely different level of accountability and set of expectations, as well as…

dslcollection: a collecting project for the 21st century

In 2005, after almost 25 years of collecting art, my wife and I established Dslcollection after our first trip to China. For this project, we knew from the beginning that we did not want to just amass artworks. We wanted to embark on a “collecting project for the 21st century,” with a cultural perspective that reflects two tectonic changes that we are currently experiencing: the rise of China as a superpower, which is altering the face of the world, and the digital era that is transforming humanity as a whole. Today’s collectors have endless opportunities to show their collections to the public, from traditional methods such as museum loans to the post-internet model of sharing on social media or through virtual exhibitions. Yet most private collections are still in the “Digital…