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Last Friday the 13th of February, the Davidoff Art Initiative officially opened the 2nd annual Davidoff Art Weekend in Casa de Campo with a cocktail party which fit perfectly with Davidoff’s philosophy of “fill time beautifully”.
With an array of Davidoff’s finest cigars, a magnificent view over the Dye Fore golf course, and the company of an international community of art enthusiasts, the welcome cocktail was quiet simply picture perfect.
“It is my pleasure to welcome you all to 2nd annual Davidoff Art Weekend and inauguration of the Davidoff Art Studios within this beautiful campus of Altos de Chavón, everyone who is here are friends of Altos de Chavón and the wider creative artistic community.” Said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO and member of the Board of Oettinger Davidoff AG in his opening remarks.
“I would like to express my thanks to Claudio Silvestri, Dominique Bludhorn and Stephen Kaplan, without these 3 this project would not have been possible. I also have a big amount of gratitude to Adolfo Despradel, an alumnus of the Altos de Chavón School of Design and the outstanding architect behind our new Artists in Residence building.” He added.
Among the group of Casa de Campo villa owners, representatives of Davidoff, art journalists and the Altos de Chavón School of Design community, also present at the gathering were the 5 Davidoff Artists in Residence; Alia Farid, Nuria Montiel, Cathleen Mooses, Mathilde Rosier and Soledad Salamé, whom Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard described as a “powerful lineup of 5 women”.
Philip Silvestri, Amanda Hoejsgaard, Rebecca Hughes and Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard
Hans-Kristian was also keen to emphasize that the aim of the Davidoff Art Initiative and the Davidoff Art Residency is not just to inspire greatness in the artists in residence themselves, but rather for them to also engage with the students of the Altos de Chavón School of Design and the wider artistic community of Casa de Campo, the Dominican Republic and indeed the Caribbean. “The conversation, the interaction, that is what drives the development of culture and international understanding of art, and that is what we seek to foster.” Expressed Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard.
The following day, on Saturday the 14th of February the Davidoff Art Studios were officially inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as a tour of the new facility. Please click here for photos and coverage.
The following collection of images by Alejandro Heredia were taken during the welcome cocktail of the Davidoff Art Initiative on Friday the 13th of February at the Dye Fore Terrace in Casa de Campo: