BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Dr. William Lim

Living Collection – Hong Kong

Portrait of William Lim, Credit: Terry Tam
Portrait of William Lim, Credit: Terry Tam

Graduated from the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, with a minor in Photography, William Lim has long been interested in art and architecture. In 2004, during his travels, the architect began to acquire works by Chinese artists. Two years later he decided to focus more exclusively on artists from Hong Kong. After donating 90 works to M+ in 2021, the studio has been revamped with works by Lam Tung Pang, Wong Sze Wai, Frog King, and Tsang Kin-Wah – artists who deal with urban topics and their lives in Hong Kong. But you’ll also find international artists with a connection to Hong Kong, such as Paul Chan and Tiffany Chung, in Lim’s 400-square-meter loft.

What inspired you to start a collection?
I always like collecting things but somewhat unsystematic. In around 2006, I started to learn about Hong Kong contemporary art and met some artists. I realized they are very strong in personal styles, but no collectors for their works at that time. I wanted to encourage their creativity and the best way was to collect their art. That was how I started collecting Hong Kong art systematically.

How do you maintain flexibility in collecting while keeping a red thread?
I collect with my own instinct. I focus on Hong Kong artists, but occasionally I will also collect non-Hong Kong artists. Furthermore, I believe in rationality, but too much of that is not necessary. As I collect with my own personal taste and what speak to me, and my profession as an architect makes space form very important, and eventually emerge as a theme they're running through my collection.

What’s the one thing you will always look for in an artwork that you consider purchasing/adding to your collection?
I want the artwork to communicate to me, and I can feel the spirit and passion of the artist.

Do you have a personal relationship with the artists you collect? And which artists are you currently following?
I used to know every Hong Kong artist I collect, but then in recent years there are too many good, emerging artists, so I don’t necessary know or meet them. I am following a few very talented young artists, like Li Ning (print making), Chan Kwan Lok (Chinese ink), Aries Wu (Acrylic). So quite diverse in medium but all really great at what they are doing.

In what way does your collection reflect personal growth for you?
I used to collect quite broadly, now I want to focus on important works by artists, turning point and milestone works, this way I collect more critically, focusing on quality and less on quantity. This is perhaps reflecting maturity of my collection.

Li Ning, Hide - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning
Li Ning, Hide - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning
Li Ning, Bath - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning
Li Ning, Bath - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning
Li Ning, Seek - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning
Li Ning, Seek - Credit: Gallery Exit and Li Ning

Collectors (77)

Narda van 't Veer

The Narda van 't Veer Collection – Monnickendam, Netherlands

Rashid Al Khalifa


Olivier Chow

The Olivier Chow Collection – Lausanne, Switzerland

Valeria Napoleone

Valeria and Gregorio Napoleone Collection – London, UK

Matteo Novarese

SOF:ART – Bologna, Italy

Martin Steppacher

Gallery Durchgang – Basel, Switzerland

Carmelo Graci

Graci Collection – Mantova, Italy


Nicola Erni Collection – Steinhausen, Switzerland

Lukas Jakob

Jakob Collection – Gundelfingen, Germany

Claus Busch Risvig

Bech Risvig Collection – Silkeborg, Denmark

Joseph Awuah-Darko

The Terra Collection Of African Contemporary Art – Accra, Ghana | London, UK


Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection – Berlin, Germany

Michał Borowik

Michał Borowik Collection – Warsaw, Poland

Bernardo Paz

Instituto Inhotim – Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico – Brumadinho, Brazil

Tony Salamé

Aïshti Foundation – Beirut, Lebanon

Nadia & Rajeeb Samdani

Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lord David Cholmondeley

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn, Great Britain

Galila Barzilaï-Hollander

Galila's P.O.C., Brussels, Belgium

Martin Margulies

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse – Miami, United States of America

Christine and Andrew Hall

Hall Art Foundation - Reading, USA & Derneburg, Germany

Qiao Zhibing

TANK Shanghai and Qiao Space - Shanghai, China

Christen Sveaas

Kistefos Museet, Jevnaker, Norway

Noemi Givon

Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Michael Buxton

Buxton Contemporary - Melbourne, Australia

Seth Stolbun

The Stolbun Collection – Houston, USA

Jochen Zeitz

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) - Cape Town, Africa

Dominique & Sylvain Levy

DSLCollection – Paris, France

Andrea von Goetz

Sammlung Blankenburg – Hamburg, Germany

Gordon Elliott

The Elliott Eyes Collection - Sydney, Australia

The Vague Space

Christian Kaspar Schwarm on the first solo presentation of his collection at the Weserburg Bremen

Anita Zabludowicz

Zabludowicz Collection – London, United Kingdom

Anastasios A. Gkekas

The Office Collection - Nicosia, Cyprus

Rik Reinking

WAI - Woods Art Institute, Wentorf bei Hamburg, Germany

Maria Didrichsen

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF) - São Paulo, Brazil

Julia Stoschek

Julia Stoschek Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Maurizio Morra Greco

Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter – Waldenbuch, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Gudrun & Bernd Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Pied A Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Corbett Lyon

Lyon Housemuseum – Melbourne, Australia

Geert Verbeke-Lens

Verbeke Foundation – Kemzeke, Belgium

László Vass

Vass Collection – Veszprém, Hungary

Daisuke Miyatsu

Dream House – Ichikawa, Japan

Samara Walbohm & Joe Shlesinger

Scrap Metal Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Charles Riva

Charles Riva Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Venke & Rolf Hoff

KaviarFactory – Lofoten, Norway

Alain Servais

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Ivo Wessel

Sammlung Ivo Wessel - Berlin, Germany

Ramin Salsali

Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vittorio Gaddi

Collezione Nunzia e Vittorio Gaddi – Lucca, Italy

Miguel Leal Rios

Fundação Leal Rios – Lisbon, Portugal

Gertraud and Dieter Bogner

Kunstraum Buchberg – Gars am Kamp, Austria

Bob Rennie

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang – Vancouver, Canada

Heiner Wemhöner

Sammlung Wemhöner – Herford, Germany

Lin Han

M WOODS – Beijing, China

Kenny Goss

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, USA

Karsten Schmitz

Arbeitswohnung Federkiel – Leipzig, Germany

Devon Dikeou

The Dikeou Collection - Denver, USA

Thomas Olbricht

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht – Berlin, Germany

Mera & Donald Rubell

Rubell Family Collection – Miami, USA

Pétur Arason

Safn – Berlin, Germany / Reykjavík, Iceland

Steffen Hildebrand

G2 Kunsthalle – Leipzig, Germany

Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Frédéric de Goldschmidt – Brussels, Belgium

Daniel Teo

The Private Museum – Singapore, Singapore

Claudio Cosma

Sensus – Luoghi per l’arte Contemporanea – Florence, Italy

Michał Borowik

Michał Borowik Collection – Warsaw, Poland

Herbert Gerisch

Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung - Neumünster, Germany

José Berardo

Museu Coleção Berardo – Lisbon, Portugal

Bärbel Grässlin and Karola Kraus

Sammlung Grässlin - St. Georgen, Germany

Joëlle and Eric Romba

Rocca Stiftung – Berlin, Germany

Myriam and Amaury de Solages

Maison Particulière – Brussels, Belgium

Friedrich Gräfling

Sammlung Fiede - Aschaffenburg, Germany