A special event as part of the Garage Screen program and PERFORM Art Film Festival—the Russian premiere of Michael Schindhelm's documentary The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg and a meeting with its main character Uli Sigg, the world famous collector of contemporary Chinese art.
In the mid-1990s, Swiss entrepreneur and diplomat Uli Sigg, who was at the time Switzerland's ambassador to China, began to assemble a collection of modern Chinese art which was just beginning to gain in popularity. He had set to himself an ambitious goal—to cover the widest possible range of artists—and during a decade and a half he acquired about 2200 works by 350 artists, making his collection the largest private collection of Chinese art in the world. In 2012, Sigg transferred most of his works worth $163 million to the fund of the M + museum in Hong Kong, whose opening is scheduled for 2019.
The film The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg tells a story of the life of the collector and his friendship with artists such as Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi and Fan Lijun.
A Q&A session will be held after the screening.
Supported by The Embassy of Switzerland in Moscow.
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
Director Michael Schindhelm. Switzerland, 2016, 93 minutes.