Last week, the legendary Swiss collector Uli Sigg announced he was donating the major part of his collection to Hong Kong’s planned contemporary art museum M+. 1463 artworks have been gifted to Hong Kong, conservatively valued at $163 million.
This is reportedly the largest art donation ever made to a single museum. The Sigg collection is considered the most important and comprehensive private collection of contemporary Chinese art, with works spanning from the early 1990s to today, including many historic pieces from prominent Chinese artists such as Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi, Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Liu Wei, Zhang Peili, Yue Mingjun, Yu Youhan and Ding Yi, as well as pieces by Hong Kong artists Lee Kit and Pak Sheung Chuen which were added to the collection recently.
It is yet to be announced when the collection will be open for public viewing for the first time, but M+ has indicated that part of the collection will be shown in a suitable Hong Kong venue before the museum officially opens in 2017.
Meanwhile, you can click on our slideshow to see some of the highlights from the M+ Sigg Collection.