Michael Goedhuis was born in Holland. He attended school at Eton College and then spent some years at European universities in France and Germany before completing his MBA at the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau.
Trained as an economist, he became an investment banker with First Boston Corporation in New York and London. He then worked at Hambros, boosting their commitment to the Eurobond market. He subsequently took a degree in Art History under Anthony Blunt at the Courtauld Institute in London.
He then joined Jacob Rothschild working with the Rothschild art investment companies and was later instrumental in establishing the Oriental Department at Colnaghi.
By 1982 he had established his own company dealing in Islamic paintings and works of art, Indian, Japanese and Chinese art. During this period he also wrote for the Economist on art and the art world. In 1986 he succeeded in discovering and selling (to the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian for $7 million) the Vever Collection of paintings and manuscripts, which had been lost since the 1930's. The film "The Vever Affair" was made by the Smithsonian on this sale and on Goedhuis's role in the discovery.
His career in the art-world since then, both as an investment advisor and as a dealer, has been based on a policy of identifying commercially and culturally neglected areas which are of investment potential and are therefore appropriate for market development.
Over the last 15 years, he has established himself as a pioneer in the field of modern and contemporary Chinese art, identifying and representing the best and most original artists working today.
The culmination of these early pioneering years was the comprehensive exhibition at Sotheby's New York in 2001, China Without Borders: Chinese Contemporary Art.
In 2002, he expanded his activities to appeal to the accelerating interest in this field amongst institutions and private collectors in the U.S.
Over the years 2004 – 2007 he curated and subsequently sold the Estella Collection. This collection was published and exhibited by the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
His principal activity is now developing links with both institutions and the new generation of collectors in Asia with particular focus on ink art.
About the Gallery
Michael Goedhuis opened Michael Goedhuis Ltd in London in 1989. Having worked for 15 years principally in the field of Persian, Indian and Japanese culture, he now works in London and internationally.
The Gallery's principal activities today are the promotion of the best Chinese contemporary art, with a particular focus on ink art, as well as Chinese and Japanese bronzes from the 11th century A.D onwards.
Goedhuis believes that China is currently undergoing a true "Cultural Revolution" which is not confined to art but is manifest in film, music, theatre, design, dance and literature and is leading to a rapid expansion of investment in art by a new generation of collectors.
He believes that contemporary Chinese Ink Painting is still at an early stage of commercial recognition both in Asia and the West. It therefore offers exceptionally exciting and fruitful opportunities for collectors and museums.
The new generation of Chinese collectors is intent on retrieving its great cultural heritage and there is now a major drive to repatriate Chinese art and antiques throughout the world. The gallery’s objective is to participate fully in restoring important works to committed institutional and private collections in China as well as stimulating interesting Chinese civilisation both past and present amongst collectors in the West.