Mr Raymond Rohne1
1Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
Studies of the history of art collection in humanities often focus primarily on high culture, the term coined by Matthew Arnold and the aesthetics of composition of art itself, within the academy. Furthermore, the research on contemporary art collection has paid inadequate attention to the process of how the current trends in North East Asia have come to be, by millennial contemporary art collectors. This disregard has left those within the humanities, especially historians of art collections, little scholarly understanding how these new collectors of contemporary art have changed the misconceptions of art from high street to main street in the development and dissemination of contemporary art culture. In this paper, I put forward the notion that millennial contemporary art collectors in North East Asia, have helped build a global narrative of art in their respective traditional societies which has transformed regionalized art collections to art of the times. It has also reshaped the way younger generations who are not collectors, engage with contemporary art itself, through commercialization of art products and collaborations. Based on qualitative analysis, this presentation will examine how millennial collectors of contemporary art have built prolific collections while at the same time changed the cultural landscape.
Raymond Rohne is PhD candidate in history (HKPFS awardee) at HKUST, where he also received a MPhil. He earned a MA at CUHK from the Centre for Chinese Studies. Raymond holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.