Not like lots of these collectors, nevertheless, he at all times insisted that he had a civic obligation to show his artwork. After a number of years displaying his items in a Jakarta cafe, in 2007 he opened the Yuz Museum close by, making admission freed from cost.
Even that wasn’t sufficient. As his assortment of works from China grew, he zeroed in on an rising artwork district in Shanghai, alongside the Huangpo River, for an excellent bigger venue. He settled on a portion of an previous airfield, and in 2014 opened his second Yuz Museum. (He later closed the Jakarta location.)
At almost 97,000 sq. toes, the Yuz is among the largest artwork museums in China, with huge open rooms the place he can present his mega-art — the primary corridor, constructed from a former hangar, presents 32,300 sq. toes of exhibition house. (By comparability, the Guggenheim in New York encompasses 51,000 sq. toes.) A piece by Mr. Cattelan, a stay olive tree rising out of a dice referred to as “Untitled,” greets guests on the entrance.
The Yuz was simply one in all a whole lot of museums to open in China over the past decade, a corollary of kinds to the nation’s speedy and a few say unsustainable actual property growth. However not like lots of these establishments, which function principally as exhibition house for touring exhibits (and lately are sometimes empty), the Yuz is at all times full, being constructed on Mr. Tek’s immense private assortment. It has additionally leveraged his connections with different collectors and establishments world wide to mount frequent blockbuster exhibitions, together with solo exhibits of labor by Andy Warhol and Giacometti.
Mr. Tek aspired to see the Yuz develop into a Chinese language analog to American museums just like the Frick, the Guggenheim and the Getty, public-facing establishments constructed on the energy of a single individual’s huge private holdings, and which stay culturally related lengthy after their founders’ deaths.
He introduced a partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork in 2018, which might create a joint-venture basis to supervise the majority of his assortment whereas giving the Yuz entry to that American museum’s in depth holdings.