“The relationship between public and private museums in Asia will change, starting with me,” says Tek. “Major museums in the West began as humble private museums and became public ones relying on public support to grow their collections and programmes. Yuz will follow the same pattern.”
He will transfer ownership of the permanent collection at Yuz Museum to the NGO, which will rely on corporate and individual sponsorship and tickets sales instead of the family foundation or government subsidies, he says.
“The art is not being given to the government and we won’t have anything to do with government money.”