The M+ Sigg Collection consists of 1510 works. Its earliest part dates from the Cultural Revolution Period (1966-1976). Then follow some works from the No Name Group (mid 1970s) and the Star Group (later 1970s), considered by some to be precursors of Chinese contemporary art which is seen to commence in 1979 and which is covered extensively in the collection up to early 2012. The works range across all media including painting, sculpture, photography, performance documentation, video, installation and multimedia.
The M+ Sigg Collection is an extraction from Swiss collector Uli Sigg's unique collection. The Sigg Collection is universally recognised as the largest, most comprehensive and important collection in the world of Chinese contemporary art from the 1970s to the present. The collection is especially important as a historical ‘document’ of one of the most culturally dynamic periods in modern Chinese history. Consisting of works by 325 artists including Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi,Gu Dexin, Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun as well as Hong Kong artists Lee Kit and Pak Sheung-chuen - many of which are large-scale paintings or full room installations, it has been systematically built as a coherent museum-quality collection since the early 1990s, representing the historical development of contemporary art in China as a whole. The selection process aimed to allow the viewer to read a coherent storyline from the inception of Chinese contemporary art, including some of its roots, to the current decade.
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As the cornerstone of M+'s displays of Chinese contemporary art from the 1970's to the 2010's, the collection offers a fertile ground for continuous reinterpretation and reevaluation as the museum evolves. Collection
M+ receives world's best collection of Chinese contemporary art from Uli Sigg