Sylvain Levy – in Conversation with Pamela Kember
Collecting Chinese Art the 21st Century Way
While increasing global attention on art from China is focused mainly on the extraordinary prices pieces command at auction, French collectors, Sylvain and Dominique Levy, founders of the DSL Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, have instead enjoyed a personal discovery engaging in the study and promotion of their collection, ranging from sculpture, to paintings, to photography and video art.
Their approach to collecting is on the philosophy of acquisition and the utilisation of new technologies. Sylvain believes that the information revolution spearheaded by the real-time of the Internet and the iPad can be an interesting alternative space for art.
Sylvain Levy will discuss some of the challenges in building their collection, and and will be sharing the details of a number of the works in their latest digital version, which presents 350 artworks from 200 contemporary artists from China.
Both Dominique and Sylvain are members of the International Committee of Tate Modern.
Sylvain Levy is a contemporary Chinese art collector and visiting professor at the Shanghai University in charge of the Art and Management Master. The DSL Collection, founded by Sylvain and Dominique Levy, is an art collection that embraces the discovery, study and promotion of the Chinese contemporary artistic and cultural production, be it paintings, sculpture, video art, installations or new media art. The key factors that differentiate the D S L Collection are its unique acquisition policy and its use of the latest technology. Through technology, the collection is able to achieve greater visibility, upon which to build a strong personality of its own. The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable identity for the collection within the international art world, which is truly distinctive and not tied to its founding members.
The DSL Collection recently won the The Art Newspaper China’s Asia Prize in the ‘organisation of the year’ category. Founded by The Art Newspaper China, and marking its first birthday, there were ten prizes awarded in three categories: projects, organisations and private patrons of the year. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Asia Society in Hong Kong in May 2014. For more information click here.
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