Alberta Pane gallery (Venice) is pleased to present “La collezione del signor X”, group show curated by Joana P. R. Neves, featuring artworks of Gabriela Albergaria, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Nicolás Robbio, Mariana Silva, and João Vilhena.
Mr. X wishes to remain anonymous for non-disclosed reasons. Taxes? Shady businesses? Humbleness? It will be up to the spectator to speculate. One of Mr. X’s most striking characteristic is his longevity: he was born in 1519 and, mystifyingly, is still alive today. This exhibition celebrates is 500th anniversary. Mr. X has a very strong relation with Portugal despite not specifying if he is, indeed, Portuguese or if he acquired the Portuguese nationality. His skin is golden and his features point to South Asia which is why some people think he comes from Goa, a province of the old Portuguese empire, perhaps the son of an Indian woman and a Portuguese man. His business has always been tied to Portugal and the ex-colonies. It was during his numerous trips that he started collecting curiosities and then works of art, in the sixteenth century. He claims to have been able to witness the evolution of “this small country, in all its naïveté, its cruel indifference and its beauty”. He wrote a letter to the artists of this exhibition, chosen amongst his vast collection, asking them to create a work inspired by the contradictions of his life.