One year after launch, DAVIDOFF announces major steps for the Davidoff Art Initiative
View Altos de Chavón, La Romana, Dominican Republic.

June 2013

A year after the launch of the initiative, Davidoff is pleased to announce the next step in the evolution of its cultural patronage.

One year after launch, DAVIDOFF announces major steps for the Davidoff Art Initiative

The First Davidoff Art Residency Artists from the Dominican Republic

Davidoff announced that Mónica Ferreras De la Maza (b. 1965) and Jorge Pineda (b. 1961) have been selected as the first two artists from the Dominican Republic to be awarded a Davidoff Art Residency.

Mónica Ferreras De la Maza will take up residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, in September 2013. Her artistic practice ranges across painting, drawing, installation, and video art. In her 20 years as a visual artist, Ferreras De la Maza has presented 12 solo exhibitions in her native country and in the USA. “This residency will enable me to develop my career and gather new ideas,” said Mónica Ferreras De la Maza. “The variety of discourses at ISCP will offer me the opportunity to establish networks in a professional and creative environment.”

Jorge Pineda will start his residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, in April 2014. Pineda is an artist and stage director, whose work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Hunter College in New York, in 2012 and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, in 2013. He exhibited at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, and the XXIII Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales de Santo Domingo, where he won first prize for installation. “Going to Berlin, for me is the chance to experience a different contemporary situation,” said Jorge Pineda, “to open up new dialogues through my art, the city, and through the people I meet.”

The New Davidoff Art Residency Location for International emerging-to-midcareer Artists in the Dominican Republic Confirmed for 2015

Starting in January 2015, the first five international artists (to be announced in June 2014) will begin their Davidoff Art Residency in the Dominican Republic. Davidoff announced that it has signed a letter of intent for a collaboration with the Altos de Chavón School of Design, in La Romana, to host the incoming Davidoff Residency artists in the Dominican Republic.

Situated in the southern region of the Dominican Republic, the school is the country’s leading institution for art and design education. The five nominated emerging to mid-career artists will be in residence for 10 weeks at Altos de Chavón. They will be given a unique opportunity to develop their creative practice, share and exchange knowledge with local students, and undertake research trips within the Dominican Republic. Going forward, annual groups of five international artists are expected to take up residence at Altos de Chavón through a long-term collaboration between Davidoff and the school each January.

The Altos de Chavón School of Design was founded in 1983 to create and support a multifaceted arts community that encompasses the visual arts, crafts workshops, the performing arts, and teaching programs in the areas of design and the visual arts. The school’s multicultural approach to art and design education, encourages graduates to compete in international design circles, to broaden their education in the fine and applied arts, and to serve as the creative lifeblood for emerging industry.

International Art Advisory Council

To assist with the selection of the residency artists, as well as to provide expert advice, the Davidoff Art Initiative has assembled an International Art Advisory Council. The council will support the initiative’s development and will identify eligible artists and institutions in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean for participation in the Davidoff Art Initiative programs.

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During the show this year, Davidoff is hosting a VIP hospitality space inside the Collectors Lounge and two outdoor Lounges, situated adjacent to the Art Collectors Lounge and next to the show’s public area. We are bringing the “World of Davidoff” to Basel and offer a calm oasis for guests, where they can learn about the traditions involved in the creating of Davidoff products. All sales in the Art Basel lounge will be dedicated to the Davidoff Art Initiative.

Davidoff at Art Basel

During the show this year, Davidoff is hosting a VIP hospitality space inside the Collectors Lounge and two outdoor Lounges, situated adjacent to the Art Collectors Lounge and next to the show’s public area. We are bringing the “World of Davidoff” to Basel and offer a calm oasis for guests, where they can learn about the traditions involved in the creating of Davidoff products. All sales in the Art Basel lounge will be dedicated to the Davidoff Art Initiative.

One year after launch, DAVIDOFF announces major steps for the Davidoff Art Initiative
Jorge Pineda and Mónica Ferreras De la Maza.
One year after launch, DAVIDOFF announces major steps for the Davidoff Art Initiative
Sara Hermann, Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, András Szántó