Patron of The Arts and Philanthropist
Barry Lam is one of the foremost patron of the arts in Taiwan, and a leader in the area of culture and education. He has a personal collection of more than 1, 000 works of art and in particular, he collects Chinese paintings and calligraphy. One of his favorite painters is Zhang Daqian, and he has more than 250 of his works. He is sponsor of the Zhang Daqian Museum, which is housed in the artist's former home. He has incorporated a Museum of Art and Technology in the headquarters of Quanta in Taiwan, and he displays his personal art collection there.
He is chairman of the Advisory Committee of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, one of the leading museums worldwide. It has the largest collection of Chinese artifacts in the world.
He is chairman of the Contemporary Art Foundation which manages the MoCA Taipei. Its mission is to introduce diverse creative art forms from Taiwan, Asia and the rest of the world.
He is director of the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre group, a Taiwanese modern dance group, which has performed in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and toured Europe extensively.
He is founder and Chairman of the Quanta Cultural and Educational foundation, which promotes culture, art and education in Taiwan. It promotes educational exhibitions and programs for schools free of charge. It has held more than 20 exhibitions in 291 schools, with more than 1.3 million young people participating in its educational activities. The foundation has received the Wen Hsin Golden Award from the Council of Cultural Affairs, Taiwan, for its outstanding promotion of social education many times.
In November 2002, Barry Lam announced that he would fund a new College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at his alma mater National Taiwan University. It opened in July 2004, and is known as the Barry Lam Hall. It houses the Barry Lam Art Gallery in its basement.
He is chairman of the Dwen An Social Welfare Foundation, a charitable organization funded by leading business people in Taiwan.
He is a board director of the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS), a Hong Kong based group dedicated to understanding the natural wonders of China.
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