BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Qiao Zhibing

TANK Shanghai and Qiao Space - Shanghai, China

Qiao Zhibing
Qiao Zhibing

You began collecting out of a need to decorate your nightclubs in Shanghai and Beijing. This soon developed into a deeper interest and passion for contemporary collecting, of which you have been very active. What does collecting nowadays mean to you?

I have a great passion for contemporary art. For me, my collection represents the time period that I have lived through.

Which artists are you currently following with a specific interest, and why?

I focus on artists who have insight into the world that we live in and who can inspire me.

Are you traveling frequently for the purpose of following the art world?

I like traveling around to see art, and this is one of my ways to know the world. Also, I like to visit private collections and be with like-minded people.

Do you believe that the decision to buy a piece of art is intertwined with the context it is presented in?

I think so, but it is also related to my personal experience.

TANK Shanghai, exterior view
TANK Shanghai, exterior view

You founded the publicly accessible Qiao Space in 2015, which not only focuses on your private collection, but invites the participation of artists external to your collection. Why is this important to you?

I am passionate about contemporary art, for this reason, I am willing to promote it. In terms of mindset, it is different for me to run an institution than to collect. As an institution, our focus is to present great exhibitions.

As a second undertaking, in March last year (2019) TANK Shanghai opened - a former industrial oil tank site. What was one of the biggest challenges in transforming that massive location into your vision for a multifunctional arts centre?

One of the challenges of setting up TANK Shanghai is not knowing how to do it, and I have been exploring. But at the same time, the advantage is that there is no burdens and I am dare to experiment.

The vision of TANK Shanghai is to let art influence more people.

TANK Shanghai, during construction. Photo: JJY PHOTO
TANK Shanghai, during construction. Photo: JJY PHOTO
TANK Shanghai, location view with the five converted tanks
TANK Shanghai, location view with the five converted tanks
TANK Shanghai, interior
TANK Shanghai, interior

How would you describe the art market to somebody completely new to it?

Art can bring you a lot, not only money, but also aesthetics. And it can open up your wisdom, let you understand the world and so on...

Which publicly accessible private collections would you recommend visiting?

François Pinault - Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana
Mera and Donald Rubell - Rubell Museum
Christian and Karen Boros - Boros Collection

All images courtesy TANK Shanghai, Shanghai

TANK Shanghai, square
TANK Shanghai, square

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