Leading Patrons of Asian Art

The project site has been migrated to www.asianartpatronage.com

May 2013 Update

A 15 short film has just been completed on Uli Sigg and another on Dr. Oei Hong Djien is in the works.  Scripts on documentary features are being developed. 

About the Project

Leading Patrons of Asian Art is an independent project that Patricia initiated to advance discourse on art and art collecting in the Asian art world via the lens of art patronage. Through a series of short films and books that detail “closed-door conversations” with the personalities behind some of the world’s finest contemporary Asian contemporary and modern art collections, she hopes to be able to bring comparative accounts of Asian art on a single ‘virtual’ platform.

Three phases of work have been completed in Hong Kong, Mauensee in Switzerland and Magelang in Central Java, Indonesia.

Dr. Oei in one of the interview segments, sitting in front of a magnificent painting by Hendra Gunawan, one of the leading modern artists of Indonesia. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.

OHD poses for a ending shot with crew and Pat. Copyright © 2012 Patricia Chen. All rights reserved.

Uli Sigg, Lars Nittve and Michael Lynch at Art Basel, June 13, 2012

The film and sound crew with Rita and Uli Sigg


In order to have a neutral and independent editorial free hand to deal with a variety of topics, Patricia has opted for a combination of personal and government funding as well as institutional support.  This approach ensures that the research “data” gathered is not prematurely shaped to suit committed timelines and formats and/or publishers at the expense of the quality of research. This approach also means that interviews and travels have to be self-funded at initial stages. Show reels are in the works.

The approach to the project is journalistic and the questions do not skirt difficult and critical content. The project merely provides an accessible platform for these perspectives to be collectively heard so that alternative narratives to Asia and its art scene can be accessed.

The collectors who have agreed to be part of this project understood from the beginning that full funding has not yet been secured and interviews can only be progressively completed as and when personal and/or institutional funds for travel research, production, post production and publishing are available.

Fundraising activities are still on-going as the project progresses and interests from corporates and institutions are welcome.