Straight Talk

This collector dialogue is held in conjunction with the exhibition Of Dreams and Contemplation: Selections from the Collection of Richard Koh.

Patricia Chen and Richard Koh on what it means to present the private in public as a gallerist-collector, in the first public exhibition of his personal collection in Southeast Asia.

In this talk, Patricia Chen shares a conversation with Richard Koh on how his observations of the art world translate into what he collects, presents and sells, addressing questions about the realms between the private and the public.

Date: 26 January 2019, Saturday
Time: 3pm
Venue: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street #02-06 Singapore 187969

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About the Speakers


Richard Koh is one of the leading gallerists in Southeast Asia with a broad range of experience and knowledge in the contemporary art markets. Established in 2005, Koh founded Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA), starting its first gallery space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RKFA now operates multiple gallery spaces in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and is regarded as a pioneer for introducing contemporary art to Malaysia and the region. Prior to his gallery work, Koh began collecting in the 1980s. Incredibly private and personal, his collection predominantly reflects his interests, experiences and ruminations of life and art. Known for his taste and insight, Koh also contributed to many of the region’s important private and public collections. Through his gallery, he directs an ongoing programme of exhibitions, promoting contemporary art from his adventurous roster of Asian and Southeast Asian artists to local, regional and international audiences.

Patricia Chen is a writer with a camera and she points it at a subject close to her heart : the visual arts. Her series of independent films on leading art collections and collectors, Uli Sigg : China’s Art Missionary and The 24-Hour Art Practice, have been screened internationally — in France, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. As a writer, Patricia has penned columns on Southeast Asian art and contributed to ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper and Flash Art. The second edition of Uli Sigg in Conversation with Patricia Chen: Collecting Chinese Contemporary Art is in the pipeline.