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Cuperior Collection – Oliver Elst

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Cuperior Collection – Oliver Elst

Hungry for painting, Oliver Elst is dedicated to his freshly created collection focused Africa, its diaspora and contemporary art.

Oliver Elst, German car designer and now expat of China, entered the world of art collecting just three years ago and has already established a very clear idea of his approach. His favourite medium is painting and specifically that of emerging and dynamic artists from Africa, where diaspora is a central term. His fascination with Africa, Elst recognised a huge potential aligned with what he feels to be a shift in the artworld “giving the continent the attention it deserves”. Contemporary African art has and is gaining a much larger value and presence internationally, facilitating an uninhibited movement to grow.

Oliver Elst has traveled to and explored around South Africa, developing a vibrant love of the continents arts and culture. He feels confident when it comes to selecting artworks and positions for his collection, armed with his professional background in the design industry and his university days of painting and nude drawing. He carefully selects works not as singular objects, but rather by envisaging a piece amongst his collection as whole, as if to “imagine you are the curator of a museum show”. Elst likes to consolidate his selections with further background research about the artist, combining his instinct with the critical.

On that note, Oliver Elst has a particular reasoning behind his collections name. The term “Cuperior” is a combination of the Latin word ‘cupere’ meaning ‘desire’ and ‘prior’ as in precursor. Drawing upon desire is exactly his feeling when selecting artists and finding masterpieces to build his collection. In supporting younger artists (alongside established positions), they may enter the Cuperior Collection just having completed their studies or following their first solo show.  Elst wanted to clearly include his target and philosophy in the collections name, rather than a pure personal name.

In his first Online Exhibition we share a small selection of artworks from the Cuperior Collection – Oliver Elst.

CINGA SAMSON, Two Piece 2, 2018. Courtesy of Blank Projects Gallery
CINGA SAMSON, Two Piece 2, 2018. Courtesy of Blank Projects Gallery
ABOUDIA, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
ABOUDIA, Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
Oliver Elst apartment, ABOUDIA and MOFFAT TAKADIWA (installation view)
Oliver Elst apartment, ABOUDIA and MOFFAT TAKADIWA (installation view)
MOFFAT TAKADIWA, Educated Fulls, 2016. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
MOFFAT TAKADIWA, Educated Fulls, 2016. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
MOFFAT TAKADIWA, Educated Fulls (detail), 2016. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
MOFFAT TAKADIWA, Educated Fulls (detail), 2016. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
EPHREM SOLOMON, Silence Series 8, 2017
EPHREM SOLOMON, Silence Series 8, 2017
EPHREM SOLOMON, Silence Series 10, 2017
EPHREM SOLOMON, Silence Series 10, 2017
JOY LABINIO, Untitled, 2018
JOY LABINIO, Untitled, 2018
KUDZANAI VIOLET HWAMI, Eve on Psilocybin, 2018. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
KUDZANAI VIOLET HWAMI, Eve on Psilocybin, 2018. Courtesy Tyburn Gallery
ZANELE MUHOLI, Vile, Gotenburg, Sweden, 2015. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery
ZANELE MUHOLI, Vile, Gotenburg, Sweden, 2015. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery
TURIYA MAGADLELA, Inzondo Zabalungileyo (Hatred to the Innocent), 2016
TURIYA MAGADLELA, Inzondo Zabalungileyo (Hatred to the Innocent), 2016
MANUEL MATHIEU. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary
MANUEL MATHIEU. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary
GRESHAM TAPIWA NYAUDE, The Good Company, 2018. Courtesy of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
GRESHAM TAPIWA NYAUDE, The Good Company, 2018. Courtesy of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE, Bend, 2018; JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE (installation view)
JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE, Bend, 2018; JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE (installation view)
JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE, Bend, 2018. Courtesy of Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE, Bend, 2018. Courtesy of Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
MADELYNN MAE GREEN, Cadillac, 2017
MADELYNN MAE GREEN, Cadillac, 2017
TUNJI ADENIYI-JONES, Red Twins III (installation view), 2018
TUNJI ADENIYI-JONES, Red Twins III (installation view), 2018

Opening on May 4 and exploring contemporary African artists, will be works of the Cuperior Collection artists Cinga Samson and Zanele Muholifrom as part of the museum show Kubatana at the Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo.