White Rabbit’s Beijing-based advisor, Wang Zhiyuan, is ending his collaboration with the Gallery to devote himself full-time to his artistic work and his family.
Judith Neilson, owner of the White Rabbit Collection, expressed her gratitude for Wang Zhiyuan’s help in building what is now one of the world’s most significant private collections of Chinese contemporary art. “Zhiyuan is a dear friend of White Rabbit and of the Neilson family,” Mrs Neilson said. “We will all miss his input very much. His aesthetic judgment, his hard work, and his deep knowledge of art history and the Chinese contemporary art scene have been indispensable to the Gallery and played a major role in its success. The White Rabbit Collection and the Gallery have turned out to be far larger and more time-consuming enterprises than either of us could have imagined when we began our collaboration.
“We at White Rabbit fully understand that as an artist, Wang Zhiyuan’s first obligation is to his creative calling. We wish him every success.”
Several works of Wang Zhiyuan are included in the White Rabbit Collection, including the fibreglass-and-neon bas-relief Object of Desire (2008), which featured in the White Rabbit Gallery’s opening exhibition, and Thrown to the Wind (2010), a 10-metre-tall sculpture of plastic bottles which held pride of place on the Gallery’s ground floor throughout 2011.
Mrs Neilson will continue to augment the White Rabbit Collection on regular visits to China.