Sharing a Passion for Antiques: An Interview with Taiwan Collector Steven Hung
Hung’s Arts Foundation was established as a non-profit organization in Taipei in 1999 by the couple Steven Hung and Lindy Chern, who are both lawyers by training. Hung was introduced to the world of antiques when he was asked to be the chairman of My Humble House, one of Taiwan’s first antique galleries, in 1989. However, it was not until he moved to San Francisco with his wife and daughter that he purchased the first piece in his collection, a Xuande period (1426–36) bronze censer. He has since moved back to Taiwan and his daughter, Serena Hung, serves as chief executive director of the foundation. The collection spans six categories: Himalayan sculpture and thangkas, non-Himalayan sculpture, and Chinese scholar’s objects, lacquer and bamboo. Hung shares his collecting wisdom with Orientations and how a shared passion for antiques has served as a bridge between generations.