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Ladies and Gentlemen of Leisure

Looking at the priorities of Shanghai’s private museums

Installation view of “Art Patrons” at Qiao Space, Shanghai, 2018. Courtesy Qiao Collection, Shanghai .

Earlier this year, club owner and entrepreneur Qiao Zhibing invited 36 fellow art collectors from the greater China region to submit works from their private inventories for a group exhibition in Shanghai. Out of these proposals, Qiao handpicked around 50 artworks—of which approximately 40 were by men and fewer than 10 by female artists—for the exhibition, entitled “Art Patrons,” which was on display at the two…

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