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The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

A documentary about the entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg, and the tense sociopolitical context of China's ongoing transformation since the 1970s. Born in Switzerland, Uli Sigg made an impact on China's shift in economic policy after the Mao era; he has also established the world's most significant collection of contemporary Chinese art. The majority of this collection will be transferred to Hong Kong's M+ museum, due to open in 2019.

'Required viewing for contemporary-art fans. Here's a definitive portrait not just of the soft-spoken collector who brought the likes of Ai Weiwei and Cao Fei to the world's attention but of the birthing pains of post-Mao China.' - The Georgia Straight

'A surprising film! [Uses] the impenetrable Uli Sigg to show us the hidden side of a complex and mysterious country... An intimate yet delicately icy portrait of a character who nurtures mystery like a defense weapon.' - Cineuropa


Main credits

Sigg, Uli (onscreen participant)
Schindhelm, Michael (film director)
Hoehn, Marcel (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Filip Zumbrunn; music & sound design, Feng Mengbo, Peter Bräker; editing, Marina Wernli.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Art History
Contemporary Art
Cultural Studies


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