Kristaps Ģelzis’ Works Acquired for the Luciano Benetton Collection
We are proud to report that the prestigious contemporary art collection of Luciano Benetton has acquired five of Latvian artist's, Kristaps Ģelzis (1962) plasticized paintings from his latest solo show, “2013”, which was held at Riga's “Māksla XO” gallery through 13 August.
Luciano Benetton (1935) is the founder of the iconic Benetton fashion label, as well as a passionate art collector and world traveler. Benetton noticed Gelzis' work when he was in Riga on business. In fact, Benetton has acquired most of the pieces in his collection on business trips, during which he acquaints himself with local artists – thereby putting their 21st century, contemporary art “on the map”.
On a side note, an exhibition featuring small-scale pieces from Benetton's collection – Imago Mundi – has just opened at Venice's Fondazione Querini Stampalia. Open from 28 August through 27 October, the exhibit is a satellite event of the 55th Venice Art Biennale, and contains more than two thousand works sized 10 x 12 cm – a dimension that Benetton calls “travel size”.
The works of Kristaps Ģelzis that were acquired by the Luciano Benetton Collection: