Lady Linda Wong Davies, founder and chairman of the KT Wong Foundation, is a champion of the arts, both local and international, and shares a glimpse of her personal collection at her home in Cape Town.
Lady Linda Wong Davies is running late. With an unrelenting schedule, her time is scarce. She’s preparing for the opening of the Venice Biennale – and with it, the opening of Mohau Modisakeng and Candice Breitz’s installation at the South African pavilion. But more immediately, there is an opportunity to explore a small part of the daily life of a key figure not only in Chinese-Western cultural relations but also on the global art scene. Like the best homes, Lady Davies’s Cape Town abode (she’s been living here for the past 25 years) offers Rorschachian clues to her personal tastes. Are those ‘Stargazer’ lilies a nod to her Asian heritage? As for the playful ceramic roosters on the table, a nod to the current position of the Sheng Xiao?
All at once, the lady of the house appears and ushers the conversation into her living room, a light- and art-filled space. A vulcanised rubber samurai stands guard at the entrance while, from the walls, Mohau’s photographic works watch like sentinels as Lady Davies launches enthusiastically into her involvement with this year’s Biennale. ‘Mohau is someone I discovered about ayear ago and started collecting,’ she says.