Yan Lugen's Art Industry Dream: Yan Lugen and his "Yan Collection"
Dr. Yan Lugen, founder of Nanjing International Art Exhibition and chairman of Baijiahu International Cultural Investment Group
In the long history of art development, art appreciation is an important part that will never be absent. Whether it is buying, selling, exchanging, or inheriting, it is one of the criteria to highlight the artistic value of a work and measure its artistic status. Whether it is the ancient private art collection or the royal collection in the palace, it all confirms the prominent position of art collection in the history of art. And the main body behind this behavior, art collectors, is more able to attract people's attention and research. The reason why they are concerned is not only because they have many classic works of art, but also because they make art collections. It has become a thoughtful and warm humanistic behavior.
The second Nanjing International Art Exhibition exhibition site
The exhibition site of the 2nd Nanjing International Art Exhibition.
When the world-renowned art media Artnet released the list of top Asian collectors, people's eyes naturally focused on these collectors. For any collector, the number of works is no longer the main factor involved in the comparison. On the contrary, the attention to humanities, the contemplation of art, and the display of the self-collection concept reflected in the works are gradually becoming the most important pillars. And most of these Asian collectors are from China. It can also be seen from a clear perspective that in the increasingly diversified art (industry) field, Chinese collectors rely on the booming demand With the accumulation of wealth and the ever-changing art auction scene, it occupies the front row of the art auction scene with a large number of transactions, and promotes a new round of vitality in the art market.
For the top-ranked Mr. Yan Lugen, his transformation from a real estate tycoon to a cultural celebrity has attracted the attention of the art world. At the same time, as a top art collector in Asia, he is also involved in art in Asia and the world. It plays an important role in the pattern, showing us the power of his "Yan's Collection".
Takashi Murakami "Little People in My Heart" (collected by Mr. Yan Lugen)
Since the 1990s, Mr. Yan Lugen has successively photographed more than 50 masterpieces by modern masters such as Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Huang Binhong, etc. in auctions. These works are now valued in the market. Ten to hundreds of times. At present, Christie's, Sotheby's and other important auction venues at home and abroad also frequently appear Mr. Yan's figure. During this process, Mr. Yan started to collect Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong and other top 100 masters, There are more than 3,000 works of calligraphy and painting by famous masters, of which there are nearly 100 masterpieces by Zhang Daqian in various periods. At the same time, the collection of Western art masters is also a collection field that Mr. Yan specializes in. As he himself said, "I have collected about 300 works by modern Impressionist, Cubist, Fauvist, Post-Impressionist masters, as well as the top 100 artists of Rodin and Moore sculptures. The most works by Picasso are more than 50. It has collected more than 3,000 classical oil paintings by European masters such as Rubens and Magellan from the 13th century to the 18th century.” Some of the works of Western art masters collected by him were in the series of exhibitions “Homage to the Masters” held before and after. also presented to a wide audience.
Zhang Daqian's "Gao Shi Xing Yin Tu" Collection of Baijia Lake Museum
Su Tianci's "Autumn Colors in Tachuan" Collection of Baijia Lake Museum
Although Mr. Yan Lugen is only one of the top collectors in Asia published by Artnet, it is undoubtedly certain that he has a certain representation among them. This representation is rooted in his unique collector attributes and collection concepts. Then he formed his own "Yan's Collection" system: openness, inclusiveness and sharing are the main features of the "Yan's Collection", which together support the internal structure and external appearance of the "Yan's Collection", In terms of specific expressions, the following two aspects can be explained.
Chagall's "Green Rooster" Collection of Baijia Lake Museum
First, it expands the "possibilities" of art collection. In the traditional sense, personal art collections, especially the more precious works, are often kept secret or just "played" in a small group, while Mr. Yan Lugen put his own He has collected more than 20 classic works of Western art masters, including the most important piece in his collection history - Picasso's "Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Cuckold", and completed their meeting with the public with the exhibition concept of "Salute to the Master" . Instead of discussing the sensational effect of this kind of exhibition, we will focus on the transformation of more "possibilities" of the collection completed by Mr. Yan Lugen in the process, that is, the traditional The purpose of hiding "private use for exclusive use" has been transformed into the cultural feeling of "sharing in the world". And it is the transformation of this "possibility" that allows Mr. Yan Lugen to expand the influence of his concept of art collection to a large extent, which is bound to gather strength for him to complete his position in the art collection world today , has become an important driving force for him to influence China and the world.
Salvador Dali's "Ten Pentagrams" Collection of Baijiahu Museum
Second, it has formed the power of transformation from art collectors to art promoters. Perhaps, just as an art collector, he has not been able to show Mr. Yan Lugen's real influence and his vision. Around his collections and the art exhibitions he introduced, Baijiahu Museum, Baijiahu Art Museum, galleries and art spaces all over the world, and art investment magazines, art weekly newspapers and more. Importantly, he also signed 5,000 artists and launched an international artist-in-residence program, all of which summed up the difference of this art collector to a greater extent. He uses a different kind of art. The perspective is not limited to the identity of the collector, but relies on the collection to promote the art, and once again transformed into an art promoter. In this regard, he also expressed his own opinion: "Art has a cohesive force across the world. So it doesn't matter whether the artist is from the East or the West, and art will not be limited by regions." Being able to highlight his value and significance also shows one of the reasons why he is among the top collectors in Asia.
Phoenix Mountain Art Park
Rendering of Nanjing Baijia Lake Art Museum
In the final analysis, powerful Chinese collectors like Mr. Yan Lugen have undoubtedly aroused the active force of the art market to a certain extent in the process of promoting the continuous increase of art collection. For them, these are excellent demonstrations of a win-win situation, which not only brings people's self-confidence in art and culture, but also provides a guarantee for the increase of the value of the collection. No matter what the collectors' purpose is, according to the list released by Artnet, although they are still titled "Asian", we can see that these collectors from China are constantly accumulating strength, which shows that It is their profound influence on art collections and markets around the world, and this is the "world power" from Chinese collectors.