BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Daniel Teo

The Private Museum – Singapore, Singapore

Daniel Teo (Photo: Fei Long)
Daniel Teo (Photo: Fei Long)

What was the first piece of artwork you purchased, and when was this?

Over thirty years ago, I started collecting works of Singaporean Artists, namely Jimmy Ong, Chua Ek Kay and Goh Beng Kwan. As I believe that society has to progress and the arts are the medicine for the soul, I have been supporting Singaporean Artists ever since.

Why do you collect?

I started collecting art while studying architecture about 50 years ago. Being very interested in the rich history of fine arts, I was also fascinated by the form, line and color of various art works. Art still evokes inner feelings and fuels my imagination, inspiring creativity in my daily life.

left: To Add a Meter to an Unknown Mountain, Ma Liuming, 1995 / right: Landscape Series, Liu Wei, 2004 (Photos: Jeremy San)
left: To Add a Meter to an Unknown Mountain, Ma Liuming, 1995 / right: Landscape Series, Liu Wei, 2004 (Photos: Jeremy San)
Landscape Series, Liu Wei, 2004 (Photo: Jeremy San)
Landscape Series, Liu Wei, 2004 (Photo: Jeremy San)

Does your collection follow a concept or a specific theme?
In 1994, through the kind introduction of the Visual Art Department of Singapore’s Economic Development Board to Swedish gallerist Mr. Björn Wetterling, I had the opportunity to set up the Wetterling Teo Gallery. Together we specialized in a lot of modern art, foremost American Expressionist and Pop Art. Consequently, my collection consisted of a few Frank Stella, Ross Bleckner, Roy Lichtenstein, and the likes. At the same time, I was also acquiring Chinese art, predominantly Chinese Ink Paintings and Calligraphy mainly by Chua Ek Kay, Hong Zhu An and Lim Tze Peng.

Who are the artists you are currently following?
One of the artists who I am currently following is the Chinese painter Hong Zhu An, winner of the 1994 UOB Painting of the Year ‘Grand Award’ in Singapore. We are now working together to hold his exhibition in March 2015.

Do you have a personal relationship with the artist you collect?

Artists are often highly individual people. By attending art fairs and exhibitions, I was introduced to many artists whose works are now part of my current collection. I believe that the opportunity of meeting artists in person provides a deeper understanding of the concept and ideas of the works produced. In the 1980s, I was introduced to the renowned Singaporean Chinese ink artist, Lim Tze Peng. I held his show at my gallery soon after and from then on, we are in close contact. Through the show, we got to know each other better and our friendship bloomed. I visit him at home regularly and we have even attended Chinese art exhibitions (at times followed by going to ballet performances), together in the past. On one occasion, I mentioned to Lim that a colonial bungalow, owned by my cousin, was going to make way for a condominium and he surprised me with a gift painting of the house which he went to paint on his own volition.

Why did you decide to make your collection publicly accessible?

With the founding of The Private Museum, I felt that it was not only important to have an alternative platform for artists to push boundaries, it was also necessary to have a space for art collectors to showcase their collection in a curated display as well. I also thought that there was a need to bring collectors closer to the general public and to help foster interest and support for the art.

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Dominique & Sylvain Levy

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Andrea von Goetz

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Michael Buxton

Buxton Contemporary - Melbourne, Australia

Anastasios A. Gkekas

The Office Collection - Nicosia, Cyprus

Christine and Andrew Hall

Hall Art Foundation - Reading, USA & Derneburg, Germany

João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF) - São Paulo, Brazil

Anita Zabludowicz

Zabludowicz Collection – London, United Kingdom

Gordon Elliott

The Elliott Eyes Collection - Sydney, Australia

Seth Stolbun

The Stolbun Collection – Houston, USA

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Maria Didrichsen

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter – Waldenbuch, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Noemi Givon

Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

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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

Julia Stoschek

Julia Stoschek Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

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

Rafaela Seppälä

RKF Collection – Helsinki, Finland

Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Frédéric de Goldschmidt – Brussels, Belgium

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

Benjamin Genocchio

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