Wang Wei & Liu Yiqian

Patrons taking their collection public through the private Long Museum in Shanghai

Chinese megacollectors and founders of the Long Museum, Wang Wei and Liu Yiqian have previously shocked the artworld by dropping serious money on a Modigliani, sipping from a Ming Dynasty teacup (paid for with an Amex card) and posing in front of an 11m-long Gerhard Richter artwork (later confirmed as an acquisition). Wang, who is also the director of Long Museum and has proclaimed her commitment to promoting cultural exchange between China and the West, programmed a roster of blockbuster exhibitions at the Long Museum’s Pudong (which celebrates its fifth anniversary), West Bund and Chongqing sites this year including James Turrell’s first retrospective in China, an exhibition of Chinese revolutionary art, the largest collection of Rembrandts (The Leiden Collection) and a major presentation of Antony Gormley’s art. The couple also announced their plans to open a new 43,000sqm museum in Wuhan, Hubei province, scheduled for 2018.