George Wong, notable collector and philanthropist, has died last Saturday, 2 December 2017. His unexpected death follows shortly after the opening of The Artist’s Voice in Parkview Museum in Singapore, the second exhibition in the Museum.
Mr. Wong was an avid art collector. He had the largest collection of Salvador Dalí works outside of Spain and over 10,000 modern and contemporary works from and outside of China. These are visible in the properties of The Hong Kong Parkview Group, which can be found all over the world. With his passion for art and art collections, he had also been nominated National Museum of China Research Fellow, the National Art Museum of China’s Chief International Consultant and a China Literature and Art Foundation Director. In 2014, he opened his first private museum in Beijing, the Parkview Green Museum. The second museum, Parkview Museum at Parkview Square, opened in Singapore earlier this year.
The debut exhibition at Parkview Museum at Parkview Square was On Sharks & Humanity, a travelling exhibition first produced in collaboration with Wild Aid and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2014. The show invited artists to ponder on the plight of sharks and aimed to discourage the consumption of sharks. Last month, Mr. Wong was in town for the opening of The Artist’s Voice, a group show featuring works by well-known and respected artists like Marina Abramovic and Liu Xiaotong. Most are rarely if ever seen in Singapore. The show received positive feedback from observers, who praised Mr. Wong’s contribution to the diversity of the Singapore art scene.