The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg – Feature Documentary
Uli Sigg didn’t just amass the largest collection of Chinese contemporary art in the world – he also created the first joint venture between a Western corporation and the Chinese communist government in 1979. Together with Filip Zumbrunn (camera) and Dieter Meyer (sound), Michael Schindhelm traces the adventures of the enigmatic industrial manager, diplomat and art collector in his 90-minute documentary.
The film features Uli Sigg, with appearances by renowned artists Wang Guangyi, Zeng Fanzhi, Feng Mengbo, Cao Fei and Fan Lijun; Lars Nittve and Pi Li – director and curator (respectively) of M+ Museum Hong Kong; pianist Lang Lang, and architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.
It was screened worldwide and awarded as one of Switzerland’s most watched documentaries in its year of release (2016).