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In an exhibition space, diverse artworks line the walls, including a large naturalistic painting, a series of intense portrait photographs, and an abstract geometric painting. A long wooden bench provides seating in the center of the gallery, where a single person is seated observing the artworks. There is a blurry figure who appears to be a person in motion, walking towards one of the artworks.

M+ Sigg Collection

M+ Sigg Collection

Collection Objects


The M+ Sigg Collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of contemporary Chinese art in the world. It chronicles the development of Chinese art over four decades, from 1972 to 2012. Its unrivalled holdings of 1,510 works encompass a broad range of styles and mediums, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, photography, and digital art. Some of the earliest works in the collection are by the No Name Group and the Stars Art Group—underground art collectives that are considered by some to be precursors of contemporary art in China. As a whole, the collection provides a powerful framework for examining one of the most culturally dynamic periods in modern Chinese history, starting from the end of the Cultural Revolution, through China’s economic reforms of the 1980s, the urbanisation of the 1990s, and the era of globalisation in the 2000s, up until the year of the collection’s establishment in 2012.

The M+ Sigg Collection is an extraction from Swiss collector Uli Sigg’s private collection, which has been documenting the development of contemporary art, with a focus on Chinese art, since the early 1990s.

View of artworks installed on thick, white walls, which partition a gallery. The works include a large oil painting depicting the rear view of a bald figure in a pink shirt on the viewer's left; two photocopy paper collages on wooden boards in the centre;

Exhibition view of M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art (2016), featuring 1995.2 (1995) by Fang Lijun, Bloodline—Big Family No. 17 (1998) by Zhang Xiaogang, Two Series of Five Steps of Wearing Clothes (1991) by Geng Jianyi, Ice.96 Central (1996–2004) by Wang Jin, and Breathing, Tiananmen Square (1996) and Breathing, Houhai, Back Sea (1996) by Song Dong. ©M+, Hong Kong

View of artworks in a gallery. Two figurative sculptures are displayed in vitrines on the viewer's left. The right half features three paintings—two hanging on the wall and one resting on a plinth.

Exhibition view of M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art (2016), featuring Fist (1981) and Chain (1979) by Wang Keping, Yuanmingyuan: Rebirth (1979) and April 5, 1976 (1978) by Huang Rui, and EXPE10 (1981) by Zhang Wei. ©M+, Hong Kong


Image at top: Installation view of M+ Sigg Collection: Another Story. Photo: Dan Leung, M+, Hong Kong

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