Press Release: Davidoff, Associate Partner of Art Basel, Announces Three Major Steps for the Davidoff Art Initiative

Basel/Miami Beach, December 5, 2013 – Oettinger Davidoff AG, the worldwide leading manufacturer of premium cigars, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, announced today during Art Basel in Miami Beach the first Davidoff Limited Art Edition artist, the next Dominican artist to take part in the Davidoff Art Residency, the two new recipients of Davidoff Art Grants, and the evolution of plans for an international residency in the Dominican Republic.

Davidoff Limited Art Edition

Davidoff Cigars is extending the reach of contemporary art to Davidoff’s products and environments worldwide. Davidoff Cigars invited the first Caribbean contemporary artist, Quisqueya Henríquez, to create a series of artwork for the inaugural Davidoff Limited Art Edition. These limited edition cigar boxes will be filled with especially crafted cigars dedicated for the limited edition. The artist also created fifty special Collector’s Editions, which include along with the special edition box of cigars an original and signed print of the artwork developed by the artist for the edition. The artworks created by Quizqueya Henríquez are inspired by her visit to the Davidoff manufacture in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, where she witnessed the exceptional craftsmanship and passion involved in cigar making. The Davidoff Limited Art Edition will be unveiled at the Davidoff Lounge in the Collectors Lounge during Art Basel in Hong Kong in May 2014.

Davidoff Art Residency

Dominican artist Pascal Meccariello will be the third artist to take part in the Davidoff Art Residency, in Beijing, China, in collaboration with the Red Gate Gallery Residency, from May 1 through June 30, 2014. The Davidoff Art Residency seeks to help emerging and mid-career Dominican and Caribbean artists develop their skills, make connections within global artistic networks, earn exposure for their work, and share their expertise with others in the visited region.

The Davidoff Art Initiative is continuing preparations for an international Art Residency program in La Romana, Dominican Republic, in collaboration with the Altos de Chavón School of Design, the country’s leading institution for art and design education. The Initiative is planning to build new studios for the visiting artists at the school, in preparation for the launch of the residencies, in winter 2015.

Davidoff Art Grant

In addition, Davidoff has awarded support to two Davidoff Art Grants recipients: ARC Magazine of Saint Vincent & Grenadines and Centro de la Imagen of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

“With the Davidoff Art Grants, we have an opportunity to offer specialized support to cultural institutions in the Dominican Republic, tailored to the needs of each organization,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, President and CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG. “Davidoff has a role in ensuring the sustainability of these organizations and by extension, the cultural community of the Dominican Republic. This is the core aim of the Davidoff Art Initiative.”

Davidoff at Art Basel Miami Beach

As Associate Partner of Art Basel for a second consecutive year, Davidoff operates a VIP hospitality lounge in the Collectors Lounge. This Davidoff Lounge features a walk-in humidor and a master cigar roller from the Dominican Republic, who will demonstrate the art of blending and the art of rolling a Davidoff cigar. An additional outdoor Cigar Lounge is situated in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, offering fair VIPs a relaxed venue for discussion, reflection, and enjoyment of a fine cigar. Part of the sales generated are dedicated to supporting the Davidoff Art Initiative.

Photo from left to right: Pascal Meccariello, Quisqueya Henríquez, Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard
Photo: Sandra Hamburg/copyright Oettinger Davidoff AG

Media contact:
Oettinger Davidoff AG
Corporate Communications
Hochbergerstrasse 15
Postfach · 4002 Basel · Switzerland
T +41 61 279 36 24 · F +41 61 279 36 00

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