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Collector wants to open first Ai Weiwei museum

The New York-based fund manager already owns 40 works by the artist from the 1970s onwards

Ai Weiwei's Map of China, 2006

Christopher Tsai, a New York-based fund manager, plans to open a museum dedicated to Ai Weiwei, most likely in New York. But it is “early days”, he says, as he is still building his collection. Tsai already owns 40 works by Ai from the 1970s onwards. He says that he has been inspired by private museums dedicated to a single artist, citing the Cy Twombly Gallery, which is linked to the Menil Collection in Houston.

Tsai, who is half Chinese, says the “explosion in prices has fostered work of less quality” by other contemporary Chinese artists, but believes that “a lot are already falling by the wayside”.

Works in the Stockamp Tsai Collection (he collects with his husband, André Stockamp) include rare early ink drawings by Ai, such as Street on Shanghai, 1979, and more familiar pieces such as Map of China, 2006, (above) made from wood from destroyed Qing dynasty temples. He also owns an edition of the Circle of Animals/Zodiac Head: Gold, 2010.

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15 May 14
18:16 CET


What a wonderful idea. The museum should include films about the artist, including the one depicting the State's destruction of his studio, where cats can open doors. Bravo Chris,

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