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Art collecting need not be something only for the higher echelons of society. According to Lim Wei-Ling, founder and director of Wei-Ling Gallery – a successful contemporary art gallery in nostalgic Brickfields in KL – art collecting can start small, and it is something anybody with an interest can partake in. I managed to speak with the striking and passionate Lim after her art lecture, “Demystifying Art: Collecting and Investing” at the E&O Hotel this February, where she ardently dispensed some timely advice on art collecting and stressed on the importance of nurturing young artists.

Do you think art is elitist?

I don’t think so. It’s just that a lot of people feel intimidated by it because they don’t understand it. We try to make it as accessible as possible, which is why, for example, we set up here (E&O) and at The Gardens Mall in KL. You can just walk in; you don’t need to buy anything. Just come, look and be exposed.

Maybe we need to have a starting point – people might feel a bit more inclined to collect for investment. We’ve got to start somewhere, and that’s not always the best way because I always say to people, “Collect what you love before you look at an investment.”


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