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Qiao Zhibing among mainland China’s influential art collectors

November 20, 2016

Qiao Zhibing and his collection manager and girlfriend Lihsin Tsai

Image courtesy of Qiao Space via Forbes

The artworld has been a buzz around the exciting activities of art collectors in China, especially in Shanghai with the soon-to-open “Tank Shanghai” by renown collector Qiao Zhibing.

Zhibing, who lives in Shanghai, made his money in nightclubs and karaoke bars in Shanghai and Beijing. He told ARTnews that the artists in his collection include Sterling Ruby, Theaster Gates, Thomas Houseago, Olafur Eliasson, Michaël Borremans, Damien Hirst, Wilhelm Sasnal, Danh Vo, and Chinese artists like Zhang Enli, Liu Wei, Xu Zhen, Qiu Xiaofei, Yang Fudong, and Ou Yangchun. A member of several museum boards, Qiao started collecting in 2006 because he one day “realized I’d love to fill in my blank walls,” he said. He plans to open Tank Shanghai, a combination art museum and recreation facility in 2017.

Shanghai Night is a club space located on 400 Caobao Road that showcases Qiao Zhibing’s private contemporary collection that opened November 9, 2016. For more information, see

Qiao Zhibing, with tanks to be converted into galleries for his Oil Tank Art Center

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Qiao Zhibing helping Damien Hirst with a spin painting

Courtesy of Qiao Zhibing via Art News

Qiao Space, the temporary space of collector Qiao Zhibing pending the opening of his new museum nearby in former oil tanks.

Image courtesy of Randian on-line 11/25/2016

Collector Qiao Zhibing and one of the many Western artworks in his collection, Color Experiment no. 22 by Olafur Eliasson

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Sterling Ruby with Qiao Zhibing at Gagosian Gallery, 2014

Image via Hong Kong Tatler