What propels someone to collect art? How has art collecting become a sign of the growing middle higher-class purchasing power from East Asia? These two questions are the foundation of Taiwanese director Hao-Hsuan Hsu’s quest in this documentary.
Filmed over the course of two years in artistic hubs including Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, Italy, and the UK, the film allows behind-the-scenes access to the art collection world. Encounters with gallery owners, auctioneers, and art collectors showcase the wonderful (and sometimes absurd) rationale behind art collecting. Meanwhile, the introduction of numerous contemporary Asian artists informs us the deep influence of globalization and diaspora to their work.
This film is Taiwan’s gift for art lovers around the world. So sit back, relax and get ready to be immersed by the dazzling images of art projected alongside with the existential questions on art’s function in our rapidly changing world.
Hao-Hsuan Hsu 徐浩軒 has participated in Taiwanese documentaries A Life That Sings, The Untrammeled Traveler, and Ode to Time as the writer and assistant director. He currently works as an independent director/writer of documentaries, commercials and fiction films.