Swiss collector, Monique Burger, has put together an impressive collection of more than 900 works of contemporary art since the early 1990s. The Burger Collection is listed as one of the “Top 200 Collections” by the highly respected art magazine Art in America, while the German art magazine Monopol rates it as one of the 100 most influential collections in the world.
The Burger Collection contains important works by significant artists who are now internationally sought after, but whose works are currently difficult or impossible to acquire, and who are represented at major thematic exhibitions and biennales in Europe and Asia.
Burger has been resident in Hong Kong since 2005 during which time she has developed an ongoing passion for collecting contemporary Asian art.
Richard Chang is the Director of Tira Holdings, an investment firm for his family office with interests in media, real estate, hospitality, and fashion. He is the founder of the Domus Collection, a foundation in Beijing, to advance global contemporary art in China. He is also a sponsor of numerous museum exhibitions worldwide. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Whitney, MoMA for PS1, and the Royal Academy of Arts. He is also a member of the International Council and the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee at the Tate. Mr. Chang received his BS from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Philip Dodd was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts London from 1997-2004. Philip has curated many exhibitions, from a major Special Project in the Moscow Biennale 2007 to exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery London and Sotheby's New York. Contemporary artists and architects he has worked with range from Damien Hirst to Rem Koolhaas, from Yoko Ono to Zaha Hadid. He has worked with numerous modern British artists, including Eduardo Paolozzi. His writings on art have appeared widely, from Modern Painters to Tate and he has been consultant on many major BBC modern art series.
He is acknowledged to be among the first individuals in Europe to recognise the cultural importance of contemporary China, and staged two shows in Beijing and Shanghai in 1998, to complement the then British Prime Minister's visit. He also commissioned the exhibition, 'Revolutionary Capitals: Beijing-London' in 1999, at the ICA, which featured many of the artists from China who would become globally recognised some years later.
He has won many awards, is the executive producer of the film 'Edward Said: the Last Interview', senior international advisor to the forthcoming digital arts festival in Shanghai, and creative director of the six month-long festival devoted to contemporary China that will take place in the UK next year. He presents an arts and ideas programme on a weekly basis for the BBC.
Alan Lo is co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of food and beverage outlets including The Press Room, Classified and The Pawn. He has many years of hospitality project experience, having worked for project management and development teams at a number of international hotel groups. He is active in promoting design, creativity and tourism in Hong Kong, serving as a Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design and member of Tourism Strategy Group. He holds an AB in architecture from Princeton University.
Judith Neilson is the founder of the White Rabbit Collection, one of the world's most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art, and director of the Collection's Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Mrs. Neilson was born in Rhodesia (today's Zimbabwe), and worked as a graphic designer until her marriage to funds manager Kerr Neilson, with whom she moved to Australia. Resuming her art studies in the late 1990s, Mrs. Neilson chose as tutor the Chinese artist Wang Zhiyuan, who at the time was studying in Sydney. On a subsequent visit to China, she was captivated by the creative exuberance and technical skill of the art she saw. She and her husband decided to establish a museum to share with all Australians the best Chinese art of the 21st century. The White Rabbit Gallery opened in August 2009 and is today one of the Sydney's most popular cultural attractions. Mrs. Neilson is the author of Ming and the White Rabbit (2009), a storybook for art lovers of all ages. She lives with her family in Sydney.
Elaine W. Ng is the editor and publisher of ArtAsiaPacific, a magazine dedicated to contemporary art from the Asia Pacific region and the Asian diasporas. She has curated programs and presented papers on contemporary art in Asia, Europe and the United States.
In the mid-90s Ms. Ng was manager of Hanart TZ Gallery, which specializes in Chinese contemporary art, and later Videotage, one of the region’s first non-profits for film, video and new media. Other projects include: assistant curator for Hong Kong’s participation in the 49th Biennale di Venezia (2001); curator of Gary Hill: selected works from 1976-2003for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; jury member and president of the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 at IAMAS, Gifu, Japan; editor of Dye-a-dia-logue with Ellen Pau published the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2004); and jury member for Ars Electronica’s Prix Ars in 2004, 2005 and 2007 in Linz, Austria.
She is also a contributing editor to Leonardo Electronic Almanac, published by MIT University Press and program advisor to the MA program for Exhibition Studies and Art Curatorship at the Hong Kong Art School. She received her BA in painting and art history at the University of Michigan and MA in arts administration and cultural policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Ng is currently based in New York City.
Takeo Obayashi is a leading collector of international contemporary art based in Tokyo. He is Chairman of the Obayashi Corporation, one of Japan’s leading construction companies with subsidiaries in the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Indonesia and elsewhere. Since 2008 he has been Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania. Obayashi is a Member of the Japanese Committee of Honor, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and is on the Tate International Council Executive Committee, London.
Now a full time collector, but most recently a professor at the graduate school of Institute of Fashion & Communications Design, Shih Chien University College of Design, Rudy Tseng began his career in advertising, and later worked in film, first for Warner Brother’s Taiwan, and then for ERA International, which is known for its productions of “Raise the Red Lantern” and “To Live” by the renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Subsequently, Tsang was recruited by Buena Vista Film Company, the film division of The Walt Disney Company, to set up and head its branch office in Taiwan. He was later promoted as the Managing Director for The Walt Disney Company (Taiwan), and was responsible for the company’s overall operations in Taiwan.
Tseng began collecting some 20 years ago, starting out with modern art and moving into contemporary art a few years later. He founded his contemporary collection on Young British Artists, and soon branched into overseas Chinese contemporary artists such as Xu Bing, Huang Yun-Ping and Wu Shan Zhuan, among others. Tseng’s collections now extends into Asian contemporary art (including Taiwan, Japan and Southeast Asia), including, for example, artists such as Hsieh Tehching, Chen Chieh-Jen, Michael Lin and Tsui Kuang-Yu.
Born in Beijing, Yang Bin, graduated from Peking University and the chairman of a group of car-sale companies, has been collecting Contemporary Chinese Art since 2000 and getting involved with Western Contemporary art six years later. As a voracious yet discerning collector of Contemporary Art, he has accumulated an astounding collection of works by Liu Xiaodong, Fang Lijun, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi and even Anselm Kiefer, Jorg Immendorff, Tony Oursler and Nam June Paik etc in the forms of paintings, statues, photographs and installations.