SOLDIERS ARRIVE AT THE PALACE, 2010, LEANG SECKON, COLLAGE, MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER. IMAGE © COURTESY THE ARTIST – TAASA Review December 2011
Whether by neglect or intention, there are few avid Cambodian collectors of contemporary art works and little government interest shown in young emerging artists, with no public museum or national gallery spaces dedicated to forming permanent collections.
Collectors who purchase from local exhibition spaces tend to belong to the international expatriate community and important modern works of art inevitably leave the country when members return to their countries of origin.
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a leading institutional collector of contemporary Cambodian art, as is the Queensland Art Gallery through the ongoing Art Street’, Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture (established 1998), comprising a gallery and research centre, was founded by Ly Daravuth and Ingrid Muan (19642005)...