I developed a pet peeve during the first months of Covid-19: articles about art collectors. Do these conversations—which often sounded detached from the realities and needs of this ailing world—matter? It got me thinking: how can an art patron be relevant in the time of Covid-19? This was the question I had in mind when I visited Rachel Teo, the founder of a nonprofit organization called The Private Museum (TPM) in Singapore.

Started ten years ago, TPM functions more like an art space than a typical private museum. Located in a 121-square-meter space on the second floor of a repurposed, historic Catholic School in the Bras Basah area at the heart of the Civic

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