Saturday, 31 Aug 2019
14.30 — 16.00
Art Leader Summit Asia 2019
Alain Servais (Collector)
Wiyu Wahono (Collector)
Moderator Selina Ting
When we talk of an art ecosystem, to what are we actually referring? At a time when the art industry is dominated by mega-galleries and mega-collectors, is a healthy ecosystem still possible? In the absence of public funds and support, particularly in Asia, who are the gatekeepers who will promote and safeguard a blooming and sustainable art ecosystem? How do collectors see themselves in relation to other stakeholders within the ecosystem?
Indonesian collector Wiyu Wahono believes that the zeitgeist is king in contemporary art; for him, artists lead the way in defining the spirit of our age, and museums, collectors and art dealers merely follow. Meanwhile, cash is king too: Belgian collector Alain Servais has criticised the art world for favouring economic capital over cultural capital. In this panel discussion, two collectors will take a closer look at the formation of the art ecosystem over recent decades, and discuss possible solutions to the perceived challenges that lie ahead.
The Belgian collector started collecting art in the late 1990s. With a strong focus on emerging artists, Alain has built up a significant contemporary art collection which is highly versatile and forward-looking. Alain is also among the first to collect digital art and support young artists by offering residency program in his loft in Brussels where he keeps his collection. In his own words: ”I collect to express myself. Adding my “sentence” around the “words” created by the artists. To share new ideas, questions, doubts, and surprises”
Wiyu Wahono was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and began collecting art in 1999. Part of his collections has been exhibited in the National Museum Liechtenstein, Asia Society Museum New York, National Gallery Singapore, Hong Kong Arts Centre, SongEun Art Space, Seoul, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and in Indonesia.
He has been invited to be speakers at dozens of art talks both locally and internationally, and has served on the juries of the Bandung Contemporary Art Award and other art competitions. He is a member of the Board of Young Collectors in Art Jakarta,Honorary Board of Patrons Singapore Art Fair, and was a Nominee for the Best Collector 2017 at Art Stage Jakarta.
Wiyu Wahono spent 20 years in Germany, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in plastics technology from the Technical University of Berlin, and was an industrial consultant in Germany.
(Co-Director of Art Leader Summit Asia 2019)
Selina is a specialist in contemporary art with over 10 years of professional experiences both in Asia and Europe. She was Director of CoBo, Asia's first Community platform for collectors that advocates the enrichment of the art ecosystem in Asia. She was also Editor-in-Chief of CoBo Social, an online media outlet focuses on Asian Contemporary Art. Before launching CoBo in 2016, Selina was based in Paris and Brussels between 2004 – 2014, she has a network traversing the Asian and Western art world. She founded initiArt Magazine and S.initiatives – Curatorial and Art Consultancy in 2011. Selina was Editor-in-Chief of Whitewall China in 2014 - 2015. Selina has published extensively on her research projects as well as on general issues regarding contemporary art and culture.