About the collection
The John Dodelande collection, an art practice and exercise of creation, is based upon a passion for the extraordinary world of Chinese art, building upon the values and aesthetics that remain a mystery to Western audiences. The primary function of the Dodelande collection is to coalesce the genesis of Chinese contemporary art to extract the DNA of this unprecedented era in the art of the Far East. Building a bridge that supports the shift of power between East and West, that is John Dodelande driving ambition as a part of a generation of entrepreneurs in Silk Road countries.
Focusing his activity in nations of China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia, John Dodelande is building a bridge that spans the shift of power between East and West, following the path of ancient commerce. He is part of a new generation of Silk Road entrepreneurs, and a great connoisseur of Chinese art. Well-established yet constantly evolving, the Dodelande collection rivals the great collections of the 21st century, both in its curatorial management and creative content.
The ambition of the Dodelande collection is to bring back to life the legendary aspect of this historically paramount economic space, this road that connected Xi’an to Rome, bringing Oriental culture to eager Western audiences. This time the exchange is measured not in silk or ivory, but rather a carefully curated collection of modern and contemporary artworks that reflect the dazzling diversity of the artists’ mediums and aesthetic practice, and of Chinese culture itself.
John Dodelande is the founder of Fujin Silk Road Properties (named after the Japanese wind god “Fūjin”), based in the country of Georgia. He recently purchased the sole land parcel (1.3 hectares) adjacent to the country’s only airport, located in the capital of Tbilisi. He is also the owner of Caucasian Peak Funds, several farmland holdings, and is a shareholder in an industrial food processing plant. He recently purchased – from the government at public auction – the sole land parcel (1.3 hectares) adjacent to the country’s only airport, located in the capital of Tbilisi.
In 2019, a 120-room hotel will be inaugurated on this site with gallery space featuring exhibitions from the Dodelande art collection. In the tradition of art-conscious destinations, the hotel will feature all amenities including shopping concourse and parking facilities.
This collector continues to devote a percentage of his business activity profits into his primary passion: his contemporary Chinese art collection, which highlights the work of 10 major artists (the full collection includes work by more than 30 artists). He further supports Chinese artists by publishing artists’ monographies, producing videos, and mounting museum exhibitions in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. This cultural outreach is in perfect synergy with the historic cultural ties and dialogue between the different cultures of the region, as well as the economic and geopolitical situations in and around China. In the words of President Xi of China: “One belt, one road; a near neighbor is better than a distant cousin!”