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Rudy Tseng

Independent curator and art collector Rudy Tseng is Asian contemporary art’s foremost proponent

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Considering himself more of an art patron than a major collector, Rudy Tseng is nonetheless one of the most influential persons shaping Taiwan’s art scene. Tseng comes from an advertising and film background, having worked at several entertainment companies before heading Walt Disney International Taiwan in 2001. His job constantly brought him to Hollywood, where he met people in the art world, in particular Eugene Tan, who would become the director of the National Gallery Singapore. In London in the mid-1990s, Tan introduced him to the Young British Artists, whose work now forms the core of Tseng’s contemporary art collection. He has since reached out to artists from Taiwan, Japan, and Southeast Asia, picking up the occasional piece from India, the US, and South America. Nationality is less of an importance to his collection than whether the artworks have some kind of dialogue with his collection. Of late, he has been focusing on Asian video art, performance art, and other difficult-to-display pieces.

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Rudy Tseng, who has curated several exhibitions, sits on Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and the advisory group of Taipei Dangdai. In 2013, he served as the artistic director of the Dojima River Biennale in Osaka.   

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