07/21/2015 New Davidoff Art Initiative Residency program in Basel, Switzerland

The fourth component to the Davidoff Art Initiative global Art Residency program begins at Atelier Mondial in Basel from October to December, in collaboration with the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. Atelier Mondial’s studios are located in the newly constructed building complex at Freilager-Platz in the Dreizpitz neighborhood, and emerging arts quarter just behind the Swiss railway station. Each year, the Davidoff Art Initiative will invite one artist or curator from the Caribbean to participate in a three-month residency at the venue. Young conceptual artist Guillermo Rodríguez (b. 1986, Puerto Rico) inaugurates this new annual residency, under leadership of Institute Head Chus Martínez. “It is my firm belief that the Caribbean region has some of the most exciting voices in the contemporary art world today,” said Martínez. “Yet these artists and curators are often overlooked. They demand our urgent attention. The new residency collaboration will be an important vehicle to developing a deeper and much needed cultural bridge between our respective regions.”

In addition to Rodríguez, the Davidoff Art Initiative announced three other artists from the Caribbean to participate in its increasingly global residency program: Hulda Guzmán (b. 1984, Dominican Republic) at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York, from September to November, 2015; David Gumbs (b. 1977, Guadeloupe) at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing from April to May, 2016; and Luís Fermín Ceballos (b. 1978, Dominican Republic) at Künstlerhaus Bethanian in Berlin from April to June, 2016. Of note: Guzmán studied visual arts and illustration at Altos de Chavón School of Design, the site of Davidoff’s residency program for international artists coming to the Dominican Republic, and Ceballos was a resident artist there in 2014.

As an Associate Partner of Art Basel for the fourth consecutive year, Davidoff Cigars operates a VIP lounge in the Miami Beach fair’s Collectors lounge, from December 3 through 6, 2015. ‘Saison III’, the third and final edition of Davidoff’s “Cave de Paille” humidor collection, will be unveiled here during fair dates. Created in collaboration with Paris-based artist Lison de Caunes, who studied at the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs and has since become a straw marquetry specialist, the three humidor editions captured critical moments in the life of a Davidoff cigar. From the collection’s onset, which debuted at Art Basel in Hong Kong in March under strictly limited quantity, this three-edition humidor collection demonstrates Davidoff’s respect for materials and its dedication to creativity, authenticity, and luxury.