Meet Liu Yiqian

The art collector is one of China’s richest man. He runs two private art institutions, Long Museum Pudong and Long Museum West Bund which are devoted not only to professional art exhibitions, researches, and collections but also to the promotion of cultural education in public.

Liu Yiqian burst into headlines in recent years for his multi-million-dollar art buys. Among his acquisitions, in 2014 he bought for US$36.3 million a 500 year old Ming dynasty chicken cup. He also acquired in 2015, the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché for the sum of US$170.4 million, the second-highest price for an artwork at auction, in a volatile sale at Christie’s in New York.

Originally from a humble working-class background, the former taxi driver earned his fortune on the stock market in early 1990. At the time, he started purchasing calligraphy artworks. Today, his collection includes Chinese traditional and contemporary paintings and Western artworks alike. Although he’s one of the top collectors in Asia, Liu Yiqian knows very little about art which attracts the wrath of the press.