As announced by Oettinger Davidoff AG earlier this year, the Davidoff Art Initiative activities will cease by December 31, 2018.This website will also be shut down by the end of the year.
We are proud of the Davidoff Art Initiative’s accomplishments and grateful to all those who have contributed to the Art Initiative reaching a point of international prominence.

Information regarding Albertine Kopp’s future efforts in connection with Caribbean art and artists will be available in due course. Oettinger Davidoff AG will support her and the current advisory group of the Davidoff Art Initiative during the transition.

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The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations that work to promote Caribbean art, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It brings opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the wider Caribbean region—including the Dominican Republic, where much of Davidoff’s production and many of the employees are based—and it extends the company’s long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community, and quality.



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Davidoff Artist Residency Beijing and Berlin

Davidoff Artist Residency spring/summer 2018 selections for Beijing and Berlin

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All news are available at the Davidoff Art Initiative news archive


Davidoff Art Initiative hosts special events such as dialogues and open studios, involving artists, curators and collectors. Organized in different spaces and venues throughout the world, they are made possible through our partnerships. Additionally, Davidoff Art Initiative wish to share the different events that occur across the globe that includes participation by artists whom have collaborated to make the initiative’s aims a reality.

Mon 02

Davidoff Beijing Residency with Javier Bosques

Red Gate Residency, the international residency program that provides artists, curators, writers, and academics with opportunities to live and create work in China, will welcome an artist from the Caribbean region with support from Davidoff Art Initiative.
Javier Bosques is Davidoff Residency Artist in Beijing, China. Bosques will be in residency at Red Gate Residency, from April 1 to June 30, 2018.

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Don 08

Art Rotterdam

Art Rotterdam has a new section called ‘Commonities’ section which is curated by Lorenzo Benedetti. 

This first year, the new section of Art Rotterdam Commonities will be curated by Lorenzo Benedetti (Altos de Chavón, 2016) - Curator Contemporary Art at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland. Benedetti will connect galleries based on theme and materiality in this section. To this purpose, the section has an open structure which literally connects the stands together.

Artistic praxis today is developing more connections throughout analysing and using different techniques and media. It is therefore extra interesting to find the second layer and to see what artists have in common.

Lorenzo Benedetti

Oscar Santillan (Altos de Chavón, 2016) is featured amongst the exhibiting artists in the Commonities section of Art Rotterdam 2018, showing with Galerie Mazzoli (DE).

More information:  Art Rotterdam and the section Commodities.

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Don 08

Material Art Fair

Embajada is pleased to present Puerto Rican artist Jesús Bubu Negrón (Red Gate Residency, 2017) and Mexican artist Claudia Peña Salinas at Material Art Fair, February 8 – 11, 2018.

Low Budget Paintings continues Negron’s ongoing series Low Budget Drawings, that challenge the fluctuations of the art market. By pricing each painting at affordable and democratic prices and including a signed stamp that certifies its price, Negrón makes his work available to a wider public while the project makes an attempt at price control. 

Material Art Fair

February 8 - 11, 2018

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Fre 09

A Hard White Body, a Soft White Worm

Davidoff artist-in-residence, Candice Lin (Altos de Chavón, 2018), has a solo show at Portikus, (Frankfurt am Main, Germany). The exhibition called, A Hard White Body, a Soft White Worm is #211 at the institution for contemporary art and will be on view from February 10 until April 8, 2018.

More information on Portikus website


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Fre 26

Curator joins International Residency

In addition to his own artistic work, since 2000, Ho has worked as a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2010, he also served as a Critical Studies Fellow at the Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

He has curated the following exhibitions:

2011 In the Wake of 2013, Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Tuning Section, Co-curator
2009 El Museo del Ghetto: and Jose Ruiz, G Fine Art, Washington, D.C., Curator
2008 The Shallow Curator, Winkleman Gallery, NY, Co-curator

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Don 25

Welcome Davidoff International Artists

Join the official event that welcomes Davidoff’s International Residency artists for 2018 to the Dominican Republic and into the residency partnership hosted in collaboration with Altos de Chavón school of art and design.

The participating artists and curators will be presented to the public and the local community of creatives and artists.

Hosted at Casa Quien - located in the heart of the historical Colonial Zone.
This event offers the opportunity to learn more about the artists, their plans during the residency period, and what they hope to achieve.

Venue: Casa Quien
        Calle Arzobispo Nouel 209-A,
        Santo Domingo
        10210, Dominican Republic

Date: Thursday 25th January
Time: 18:30 -20:30

Free Entry. All Welcomed.

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Mon 22

Davidoff International Residencies

The fourth consecutive Davidoff residency for international artists, curators and writers is in session. 

Based at the Altos de Chavón school for Art and design, Dominican Republic, this group of participants are truly international with a multifaceted art backgrounds and interests.

Find out more about the creative individuals collaborating in 2018 with Davidoff Art Initiative here.

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Son 17

Final Open Studios

Davidoff artist in residence in Basel, Yornel Martínez, opens his studios for the final time during his residency.
Guests are invited to view works created during his time in residency at Atelier Mondial Studios in collaboration with HGK FHNW.
This opportunity is a collaboration with fellow artist-in-residency, Cao Shu (Shanghai). 

Yornel Martínez in Studio 6 and Cao Shu in Studio 7 welcomes visits on:
Sunday 17 December 2017
14:00 - 18:00

Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein

Tram No. 11
Tram Stop: Freilager

Free Entry

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Mit 29

Atelier Mondial Exhibition

Group Exhibition with the guest artists currently staying at Atelier Mondial’s international residence studios.


Curator Alys Williams (Director VITRINE Gallery, London/Basel) has woven a … thread between the artistic languages and the works, dealing in different ways with topics such as memory, time and journey.

Opening hours: 29 November - 3 December, Thursday to Sunday, 2-6pm

Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein

Tram No. 11, Tram Stop: Freilager

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Mit 29

Vernissage Atelier Mondial Exhibition

Join us for the Opening of the collective show at Salon Mondial which - including Yornel Martinez Elias, Davidoff artist in residence in Basel.

The Group Exhibition, which features works by current artists in residences at Atelier Mondial, is curated by Alys Williams (VITRINE).

Yornel Martinez Elias
Eduardo Navarro
Cao Shu
Brad Rimmer
Charlie Godet Thomas

Wednesday, November 29th
Salon Mondial.

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Don 28

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival

In a historical moment when the very notion of cultural diversity is being threatened from so many angles, a full appreciation of the Caribbean as perhaps the most culturally diverse region in the world has never been more important.  As the crucible of the modern world, the Caribbean has always been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and if anything, the conversation around diversity that is currently gripping both America and the UK is one that the Caribbean has already been immersed in for centuries.

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival aims to celebrate and showcase this diversity by highlighting the most adventurous creatives in film, art and music who are emerging from the region and its sprawling diaspora. We hope you join us for a weekend that explores just how the Caribbean, in all its colorful nuance, is at once a signpost of the present, the past and the future of our ever-expanding world.

The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival

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Die 03

Tessa Mars: Producing work that reflects a Caribbean perspective

Join us to enjoy a private tour of El Museo del Barrio’s current exhibitions, followed by an artist talk that features Davidoff @ Residency Unlimited Artist-in-Residence from Haiti, Tessa Mars, in conversation with Harlem-based artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier and Brooklyn-based Shelley Worrell of caribBeing. These #hotartists will focus on producing work that reflects a Caribbean perspective both inside and outside of the region, with special attention to the Haitian experience.


October 3

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

More information and RSVP: El Museo del Barrio 

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