Asia Society Hong Kong receives $13m donation
Artists in the city to benefit the most from retail billionaire's gift
By Julia Michalska. From Art Basel Hong Kong daily edition
Published online: 16 May 2014
In a major boost to the Hong Kong art scene, Robert W. Miller has donated HK$100m ($13m) to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center to promote the city's emerging talent.
Miller, the founder of Duty Free Shoppers, said in a statement that the donation will help the Asia Society to “celebrate and nurture Hong Kong's own talent by staging ongoing site-specific performance programmes as well as commissioning major new works by local artists.” The Asia Society Gallery will be renamed the Chantal Miller Gallery in honour of his wife.
This is the second major gift to the Asia Society Hong Kong by the Hong Kong-based billionaire. In 2004, Miller and his wife donated $3m to the centre towards the refurbishment of the Miller Theater, a former military ammunitions storage facility, and its first series of programmes in 2012.
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