As Associate Partner of Art Basel for the third consecutive year, Oettinger Davidoff will unveil a newly designed VIP hospitality lounge in the Collectors Lounge at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show from March 15 – 17, 2015. The new lounge will feature the Davidoff Art Initiative‘s global programming and artists. During the Hong Kong show, the Basel-based manufacturer of premium cigars will unveil the most recent installment in its Masterpiece Humidor Collection, a new humidor collection designed by Paris-based artist Lison de Caunes, featuring the traditional artisan technique of marqueterie de paille (straw marquetry).
The new Davidoff Lounge at Art Basel in Hong Kong was designed by the renowned Swiss firm of Atelier Oï and will showcase the activities of the Davidoff Art Initiative, Davidoff’s international art program, which supports contemporary art and artists of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region.
The lounge will give expression to Oettinger Davidoff’s core values: the company’s respect for the natural environment, its support for the time-honored techniques of premium tobacco cultivation and cigar production, its embrace of the cultural heritage and contemporary artistic vibrancy of the Caribbean region. It will convey a feeling of warmth, luxury, and authenticity associated with the Caribbean and reflected in Davidoff’s motto, Time Beautifully Filled.
As the centerpiece of the newly designed lounge, a digital screen will feature interactive images from the Davidoff Art Initiative’s growing network of Caribbean artists and arts organizations, as well as the five international artists currently in residence at the Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic. An Instagram feed of images generated by artists and organizations linked to the Davidoff Art Initiative will provide a window into the program, which since its inception in 2012, has worked closely with the contemporary artists across the region.
The Davidoff Lounge will also feature photographs by Polibio Díaz (b.1952, Barahona), the most recent Dominican artist to participate in the Davidoff Art Residency program at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York, in the fall of 2014.
- Polìbo Diaz, The Jungle, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.