Guillaume Levy-Lambert and Mark Goh contemplating Zeng Fanzhi's Mask No 6. © Sean Soh / Arts In Mind.
PARIS - The MaGMA Collection is a personal story and an adventure. It begins with a serendipitous encounter with Roy Lichtenstein’s Desk Calendar in Los Angeles and it unfolds across three continents over the past 15 years with the parallel building of our collection of Asian contemporary art. Many have asked us what the purpose of collecting is. For us, the answer is simple: to tell our story and to leave a legacy such that the story can still be told, long after we are gone.
An earlier presentation of this exhibition was held in Singapore in 2010 and we are honoured to have the opportunity to present it again at this spectacular venue in Paris. This exhibition is the culmination of years of imaginative visioning, meticulous research, adventurous collecting and most importantly of all, an unwavering belief in the power and actuality of divine providence.
Vu Dan Tan's Amazon Breast Plates, 2002. © Photo Milk Photographie.
Each work is accompanied and transformed into a diptych by an episode in our story. Does it detract from the original significance? We hope not and it is not our intention to do so. For us, collecting adds another layer of significance to the artwork, a layer of patina that imbues the artwork with more stories, textures and meaning that complements the original expression by the artist. We sincerely hope that The Calendar Story will have the power in each of its intriguing episodes to extend what has been a personal narrative, into a compelling story of life, love, fate and the quest for truth.
Today, the MaGMA Collection has over 300 works of contemporary Asian art and it continues to grow. The story is unfinished and it continues to evolve. New episodes will be written as we go on with our lives and our collecting. The two are merrily intertwined and that is our purpose and joy of collecting. We hope that you will enjoy our story.