What is the motivation to purchase a work of art?

This motivation has changed with time. We must start by taking a look at the past. When I inherited my father’s collection, I saw it as admirable in itself. The first purchases made to expand the collection certainly were conscious ones. When we saw works by Indulis Zariņš in an exhibition, we knew we wanted to acquire one of them for our collection. The choice was thoroughly considered, discussed in the family, and the artist was well-known. Over the years, naturally, there have been impulsive purchases that have later been regretted. Now we have returned to a mainly pragmatic approach towards any new additions to the collection. The first emotional impact, naturally, is still important, but it is not the determining factor anymore. It is just as important to consider, whether similar works have already been acquired, and, if not, what will their contribution to the collection be. Will it be a purchase of quality, or merely an expansion in quantity?

Me and Dina are more open to the artistic output of certain artists, while there are others that leave us indifferent. We definitely consider collecting art as a creative undertaking, an effort to document the art scene of our country. It is an effort that requires gathering additional information and consideration of various particulars. Undeniably, investment in art is a substantial factor, but anyone considering it a safe bet for the future must surely be immature. The art market in Latvia is minuscule, and, at least for now, it is virtually irrelevant outside its borders. That is something to be worked on at national level. There are, of course, a handful of artists who have managed to carve a place for themselves in the global market.

For me and Dina collecting art is part of a way of life, it is JOY and CAPTIVATION.

Dina and Jānis Zuzāns

In order to further refine the collection, we will be pleased to receive offers of works by the following artists:

  • Jāzeps Grosvalds,
  • Jēkabs Kazaks,
  • Gustavs Klucis,
  • Kārlis Padegs,
  • Aleksandrs Romans,
  • Teodors Ūders.

We are also interested in works by the members of the Riga Artist Group:

  • Aleksandra Beļcova,
  • Jānis Cielavs,
  • Jānis Liepiņš,
  • Marta Skulme,
  • Oto Skulme,
  • Uga Skulme,
  • Romans Suta,
  • Leo Svemps,
  • Erasts Šveics,
  • Konrāds Ubāns,
  • Sigismunds Vidbergs - (works from the 1920s)

as well as other would-be Latvian masterpieces.