Venice Current

The collection of Mr. X, the man who lived 500 years

Gabriela Albergaria
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Nicolás Robbio
João Vilhena

Group show curated by Joana P. R. Neves

Alberta Pane gallery (Venice) is pleased to present “The collection of Mr. X, the man who lived 500 years”, group show curated by Joana P. R. Neves, featuring artworks of Gabriela Albergaria, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Nicolás Robbio, and João Vilhena.

Mr.X wishes to remain anonymous. Taxes? Shady businesses? Humbleness? It will be up to the spectator to speculate. One of his most striking characteristics is his longevity: he was born in 1519 and, mystifyingly, is still alive today. Mr. X has a very strong relation with Portugal. During one of his business trips in the eighteenth century, he started collecting curiosities and then art (mostly paintings and sculptures).
"The collection of Mr. X, the man who lived 500" years celebrates his 500th anniversary. He wrote a letter to the four artists whose work he bought most recently, asking them to choose a work for the exhibition.