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Collecting art with restraint

Published on Feb 3, 2013 4:45 PM
 
Swiss art collector Mr Uli Sigg, who is part of a forum organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art at Art Stage. Collecting art, as eminent Swiss collector Mr Uli Sigg has come to learn, is an exercise in focus and restraint. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Collecting art, as eminent Swiss collector Uli Sigg has come to learn, is an exercise in focus and restraint.

Mr Sigg, 67, tells Life!: "Everybody starts with 'I like art' but that doesn't make an interesting collection. What you need is a focus and it can be anything. Personal taste leads to an accumulation of things, which may or may not fit together."

Here recently for Art Stage, he spoke at a forum on the side of the fair. The forum was organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art, an art research-cum-exhibition space slated to open at the Gillman Barracks art precinct later this year.

Mr Sigg adds: "It is perfectly okay if you want to live with your art that it should be about your own taste. But if you want to take collecting a step further than decorating your own environment, then you need to find your focus."

 
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