The Davidoff Art Initiative has hosted its first Davidoff Art Dialogue, “Art Collecting in China,” on September 27, 2013, at Duddell’s in Hong Kong in collaboration with Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Moderated by Philip Tinari, the UCCA’s Beijing-based director and an internationally recognized expert on Asian art and art markets, the panel included leading Chinese art collectors Thomas Shao, Guangzhou-based Chairman of Modern Media Group, She Yong, Chengdu-based property and finance entrepreneur whose company Tomorrow Culture was behind the recent Chinese presentation at the Venice Biennale, and Yang Bin, Beijing-based Chairman of automobile distributor Da Shi Hang Auto Inc. and prominent voice on art collecting in China. Artists, collectors, museum and gallery professionals, and art enthusiasts were among the attendees.
The session was the first in a two-part series of Dialogues focusing on Chinese collectors, emerging trends in collecting, and the evolving dynamics of the art market in China. The second event, continuing the collaboration with the Ullens Center, will take place in spring 2014 in Beijing, and it will be open to the general public.