In continuous commitment to the cause and showcase of exemplary savoir-faire.
The highly anticipated arts event of the year in Saudi, 21, 39 is due to commence on the 26th of this current month. The initiative’s theme “I Love You, Urgently”, calls on local and international artists, architects, designers and thinkers to respond to emergent environmental issues with emphasis on today’s highly personal dynamics, departing from the customary scientific vernacular.
In collaborating with the Saudi Art Council for the fifth time in a row now, the French Maison, Van Cleef and Arpels, stays true to its promise in supporting the local art and design scene. “This exclusive exhibition will be the occasion to celebrate designers and encourage creativity, art, and passion in the Middle East, whilst welcoming connoisseurs into the universe of Van Cleef & Arpels’ high jewelry creations,” commented Alessandro Maffi, the managing director of Van Cleef and Arpels in the Middle East and India.
With the display of the decorated works of Julia Ibbini, winner of last year’s Middle East Emergent Design Prize by Van Cleef and Arpels in partnership with Tashkeel organisation, the call for 2020 entries will be announced at the event. The award is one of the Maison’s platforms provided for upcoming artists and designers with aims of encouraging creative experimentation and engagement with large audiences.
Julia explains that ‘Symbio Vessels’, the award winning designs, showcase a play between contrasting yet complementary, distinct but related concepts, both in the design and feel of the final form. She states the following in description of her stunning pieces:
“They are organic hand drawn elements, arranged in a rigid structured pattern around a form developed using algorithmic calculations, yet built by hand, and produce a whole that is highly complex, detailed, precise – but organic and imperfect at the same time.”
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the extraordinary works of Arthur Hoffner, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Villa Noailles Design Parade. The series of vases combining gilded brass spheres, aluminum tubes, and blocks of marble put together in a precarious composition that appears to defy the laws of gravity will also be displayed at the newly opened Van Cleef & Arpels boutique at El Khayyat Centre, Jeddah. His installation that’s suffused with balance and suspended motion echoes the Perlée collection from the Maison.
Don’t miss out on this enriching collective. Mark your calendars and be sure to visit the Van Cleef & Arpels booth.
Location: Gold Moor Mall, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Date: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Arthur Hoffner’s display by the name “A Playful Installation” will commence at 3:00pm.
Read more about Julia Ibbin’s work here: Abstract Structural Modifications, Complexity, & Detail by Julia Ibbini