Uli SiggFormer Ambassador to China & largest private collector of contemporary Chinese art in the world

    Uli Sigg grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich’s law faculty. He then worked as journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990, he worked at the Schindler Group, where he held positions as area manager for Asia Pacific and later member of the group executive committee and shareholders’ board. In 1980, he established the first joint venture between China and the West, and remained its vice chairman for 10 years. He then served on the boards of a number of global companies until 1995, when the Swiss government appointed him ambassador to China, North Korea and Mongolia for four years. Upon his return to Switzerland, he again assumed the chairmanship or board membership of several multinational companies, such as Ringier Media Group. Presently, he also serves as a member of the advisory board of China Development Bank and other Chinese entities. He has spent many years in China, following the opening up of China and its contemporary art scene. As a collector of formerly Western contemporary art, he has formed the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world.In 2012 he donated 1463 works to the Museum M+ in Hong Kong, to be built by 2017. In 1997, he established the Chinese Contemporary Art Award, an award for Chinese contemporary artists and art critics in China. He is a member of the International Council of New York’s MOMA, and International Advisory Council of the Tate Gallery in London.

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