The art collector Budi Tek is being awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his contributions in advancing cultural dialogue between China and France, reports Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper. A ceremony will take place at the Yuz Museum, a private institution founded by the collector, on August 13.
Since 2011, the Yuz Foundation has been responsible for giving a number of significant loans, gifts, and exhibitions to French institutions, such as the sponsorship of Zeng Fanzhi’s solo exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013. In 2016, Tek also worked with the Giacometti Foundation to mount the largest-ever retrospective of Giacometti’s work in China. “As a patriot, I hope to make my humble effort to promote interactions and communications between Eastern and Western contemporary art,” said Tek.
The collector has been struggling with pancreatic cancer for the past eighteen months. In light of this, there are now plans to turn the Yuz Museum into a nonprofit with a board of trustees.