The show that tricks our imagination… every time. Art Basel

 

Van de Weghe Fine Art

Our never ending affair with Art. And here we meet again… for a dose of inspiration, excitment, questions and guesses. This year, 290 leading international galleries presented their work ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary. Featuring 24 projects this year, the sector presented ambitiously curated exhibitions by both historical and contemporary artists, with 11 galleries completely new to the show.

With fascinating highlights from the sector that included: a two-person show by US artists Allyson Strafellaand Helen Mirra at Galleria Raffaella Cortese. And Croy Nielsen’s presentation of work by Austrian artist Elke Silvia Krystufek, who during the 1990s became known for her often provocative performances, videos, photographs and paintings, many of which address the identity of the female artist in a patriarchal society.

Exceptional artworks by Wallace Bermanand and historical archival documents from the late 1940s to the 1970s was an unmissable element of the show. And an impressive solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Carl Cheng at Philip Martin Gallery was one of the highlights of the week.

Antony Gormley

UNLIMITED

Some latest news has been released during the show, that Giovanni Carmine will curate Unlimited for the first time in 2020, taking over from Gianni Jetzer, who has curated the Art Basel Unlimited sector in Basel for eight years, since 2012. Curator and art critic, Giovanni Carmine has been Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland since 2007, where he has curated exhibitions by artists including Ryan Gander, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sylvia Sleigh, Hassan Khan, Amalia Pica, and more. Carmine has previously curated a number of international projects, including the Swiss Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 with a presentation by Valentin Carron.

Giovanni Carmine commented: ‘Unlimited is one of the most unique platforms in the artworld. I’m very pleased and grateful to have the possibility to work with some of the mostinteresting and innovative artists of our time on this project. It’s a great curatorialchallenge where I can put all of my knowledge and passion for art into.’

As part of the show and the reason to celebrate – Lu Yang was announced as the next BMW Art Journey winner at the BMW Cocktail Reception during Art Basel in Basel. His BMW Art Journey ‘Human Machine Reverse Motion Capture Project’ is concerned with how the human body can be trained to overcome its physical limitations. Her research explored the deployment of the human body in historical and present-day cultures, looking at traditional and contemporary dances practiced in Indonesia, India, and Japan.

Steeped in the latest digital technologies, Lu Yang employed sophisticated motion capture devices to record the dancers’ gestures, including facial, finger and eye capture techniques that can collect and analyze the subtlest body movements, and will mimic these using robotic technologies.

In Legong, a traditional Balinese dance, for example, movement is controlled to such a degree that dancers are able to manipulate their finger joints individually. The facial and eye movements of India’s Kathakali dancers resemble the workings of sensors and motors in advanced humanoid robots. A similar robotic precision is expressed in Japanese pop dances. Thus, Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey links traditional and modern cultural forms to radically transformative contemporary technologies. In a larger sense, it will look into how we negotiate our evolving relationship with machines that may ultimately surpass our human limitations.

Travelling 5,888 miles to see Art Basel Hong Kong

Hajime Sorayama

For the name of ART – Berkeley Bespoke has travelled half the World to see highly anticipated the seventh edition of Art Basel. Having brought together collectors from over 70 countries and territories, notably from Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, resulting in strong sales for galleries from all market sectors. During the five show days, private collectors, as well as representatives from over 130 leading international museums and institutions, attended the show, including: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; M+, Hong Kong; National Gallery of Zimbabwe; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Serpentine Galleries, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Art Basel week once again directed an international spotlight onto Hong Kong’s ever-more vibrant art scene, including Tai Kwun, the new centre for heritage and arts, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The 2019 edition featured 242 premier galleries from 35 countries and territories, with 21 galleries participating in the show for the first time – among them nine galleries in the main sector that have been highly influential in defining the art scenes in Europe and the United States, including: Galerie Greta Meert from Belgium; Galerie Bärbel Grässlin and Galerie Max Hetzler from Germany; Luhring Augustine, Matthew Marks Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery, Regen Projects, and Andrew Kreps Gallery from the United States; and Richard Nagy Ltd. from the United Kingdom.

Lee Bul, “Willing to be Vulnerable”

Eight galleries from Asia joined the fair for the first time, including Watanuki Ltd. / Toki-no- Wasuremono from Tokyo; Beyond Gallery from Taipei; Empty Gallery from Hong Kong; Hunsand Space, Pifo Gallery, and Tabula Rasa Gallery from Beijing; Richard Koh Fine Art with spaces in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore; and Nova Contemporary from Bangkok.

The graduation of five galleries from the Asia-Pacific region into the main sector reinforced the fair’s commitment to the strengthening of the region’s art scene. These galleries included Beijing Art Now Gallery from Beijing, Galerie du Monde from Hong Kong, Gow Langsford Gallery from Auckland, ROH Projects from Jakarta, and Tang Contemporary Art with spaces in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. Many observers commented on the outstanding quality of art on display and the ambitious presentations by galleries from the East and the West alike.

Gagosian Gallery

‘Art Basel Hong Kong continues to be a key fair for galleries from all over the world. What was striking this year was the strong presence of museum directors, curators, and collectors from places like Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Korea. The fair, whilst operating in Hong Kong, is also providing an opportunity for visitors to make valuable visits to other cities in the region prior to or after the fair. It feels like the connecting of a region rather than a single fair in a single city. At the same time, the city of Hong Kong seems to be ever- expanding in its own cultural presence. The growth of museums and foundations presenting excellent exhibitions alongside the fair is providing a rich experience for visitors coming to Hong Kong, and the expanding local gallery scene in the Aberdeen district is an indication of robust and authentic activity.’

Sadie Coles, Owner, Sadie Coles HQ, London

Dan Colen

The 2019 edition of Encounters presented 12 institutional-scale installations, with eight works premiering at the show in Hong Kong. Under the title ‘Still We Rise’, curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney, brought together artists from different backgrounds and generations.

Supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, the works were installed along the four meridians that run through the two exhibition halls of the show. Highlights included Lee Bul’s ‘Willing To Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon’, a ten-meter- long replica of a Zeppelin based on the footage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster, presented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Lehmann Maupin and PKM Gallery; Chiharu Shiota’s ‘Where Are We Going?’ presented by Templon, an ephemeral, site-specific work depicting 63 boats that figuratively sail across the space, touching on notions of migration and movement; Jose Dàvila’s ‘Homage to the Square’, referencing Josef Albers’ theories on color with kinetic mobiles that refract color and light; and Zhao Zhao’s ‘In Extremis’ that addresses wider human rights issues, presented by Tang Contemporary Art.

Su Xiaobai

INTENSE ATTRACTION – 24 Carat Gold indulgence by Black Pearl

Serene and eternal – Gold has represented beauty since ancient times. And Berkeley Bespoke has discovered luxurious properties of a Black Pearl line, that leaves the skin laced in a majestic gold sheen. We have been taken on a journey of total relaxation and wellbeing at The Delaire Graff Spa. Set in its own unique surroundings, with four elegant Spa suites for guests to experience, an altogether more rarefied calm, where skin perfection and treatments leave the body and mind glowing.

Developed with tireless effort over the last 40 years, Black Pearl pairs the benefits of ancient and natural ingredients rich in minerals and nourishing oils with cutting edge science. The 27 unique minerals that heal and moisturise the skin are enhanced with Tahitian black pearl rich in organic- matrix calcium carbonate. Calcium-carbonate is known to draw water into the skin particularly well. Like its namesake, the Black Pearl line embodies uniqueness, strength and the power of nature.

The combination of 27 unique minerals, seaweed and Tahitian Black Pearl make the Black Pearl range unique. Tahitian Pearl is calcium carbonate, very like the structure of bone: seen by the body as own. In addition, the ingredients in the formulations are rare e.g. Duniallela algae and 24 carat gold collection 10 years through a collaboration with a leading Israeli biotechnology company.

For all the Devine Experiences Black Pearl has developed a range of treatments:

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A purifying scrub and detoxifying mud will flood the senses and cleanse the body for absolute luminosity and rebirth of the skin. The application of 24 Carat Gold body butter provides intense nourishment to the skin.

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Phenomenal! From perfection to indulgence you can experience the absolute luminosity that is brought to your skin with the purest and finest quality 24 carat gold: combined with potent anti-oxidants in a Citrine Ritual for the face. This anti-ageing journey delivers powerful rejuvenation and healing benefits derived from the high concentration of 24 carat gold and nanotechnology.

MIDAS TOUCH · Body · 60 minutes

Envelop your body in the healing power of mineral salt and oil scrub of the highest quality: for full body iridescence and vital skin rejuvenation. The application of 24 carat gold Devine Body Butter provides intense nourishment and anti-oxidation to the skin: and provides the body with the same extraordinary anti-ageing treatment usually reserved only for the face.

New fine wine experience: ELICITE – Your Virtual Sommelier

Revolutionising the fine wine industry, ELICITE is a unique platform dedicated to a series of curated content educating lovers of fine wine along with an edit of well-paired wines to accompany the series.

Pioneering the way consumers discover the secrets and heritage behind the industry, the platform’s content comes from some of the most respected names in the business and makes understanding the world of wine easy to those less familiar as well as offering a fresh innovative approach to those who are already well-versed.

Launching the site, ELICITE sent three connoisseurs of fine wine across to Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy on a voyage of discovery in some of the region’s most notable wineries as well as smaller more niche vineyards.

Namely ‘The Essentials’ the inaugural series on the site is a 7-part series exploring the foundations of fine wine in easy-to-digest short films lasting around 5 minutes long. From the origins of wine to understanding the cost and codes on wine labels, the in-depth yet enjoyable films give an insightful introduction into winemaking.

An edit of the wines featured in The Essentials is available to purchase, giving viewers of the films the chance to savour and enjoy the tastes explored in a new immersive way of retailing wine, an edit of two wines from each of the regions featured in the series, The Essentials Selection is a nice introduction to the flavours of each region.

Viewers will be able to refine their knowledge through different tiers which will each feature a different edit of content based on knowledge of wine, four levels starting with The Explorer and going up The Master will guide viewers through the different realms of wine and viewers will be able to unlock exclusive content upon purchasing mixed selections.

Expertly curated wine selections led by Martyn Zemavicius will be featured alongside content across the ELICITE site and YouTube which will see the likes of UK Sommelier of The Year Clement Robert and Ronan Sayburn, Master Sommelier of 67 Pall Mall Wine Club all offer engaging and insightful takes on fine wine with a host of accompanying events to be launched in the later half of 2019.

www.elicite.com

Article by Jaz Grewal

Kilian Celebrates 200 Years of Burlington Arcade

Kilian Hennessy

Marking 200 years of the iconic Burlington Arcade, By Kilian has launched Royal Leather in homage to British heritage and the emblematic uniforms of the British guard.

Developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin, the fragrance is a warm and strong opening with notes of hawthorn and black tea accord, a heart centred around a leather accord which complements notes of oud and patchouli making for a provocative journey in Kilian’s gourmand signature style.

The master of sensual fragrances, Kilian’s portfolio now features more than 35 alluring scents in his eponymous line and Royal Leather also wears MAYFAIR as part of its name in a nod to the historic location where the flagship London boutique is located.

In an intimate interview, Kilian shares some of the highlights from his journey so far below.

Kilian, Your fragrances typically have provocative and alluring names, how do you come to name your scents?

I don’t see my names as provocative; more as part of a script or a story. Many represent an emotion I am trying to convey. Honestly, I usually work best on the plane on my way to New York. One of the rare moments when the phone doesn’t ring every 3 minutes!

Tell us how travel influences your creations?

I love to discover new places, new cultures. We are only as rich as the diversity of the experiences we make, the cultures we discover. I like to approach everything with an open mind and these moments are then reflected in my work. When launching KILIAN in Thailand, one night I had the typical Thai desert; sticky rice with a coconut and mango flavouring. This delicacy gave birth to one of my most iconic scents today; Moonlight in Heaven.

How has the fragrance industry changed over the last decade?

It has changed tremendously, but I truly hope for the best with the focus shifting to artisanal luxury fragrances. This has placed creation and luxury at the core of the customer experience, which is so important to me.

What are your vacation hot-spots and why?

I try to change these all the time because I just love to discover new places. But if I want to really feel disconnected from the world, my two favourite hot spots would be:-Relaxing in the Maldives in Winter-Travelling around Greece on a boat in Summer.

How do you evoke luxury through fragrance and in what sense is this reflected throughout your collections?

For me, true luxury should last forever. That’s why I made all KILIAN bottles refillable and all our cases reusable either as a jewellery box or as a clutch. Luxury should also be essential in the excessive. You need today to be a little excessive to create a true luxury statement.

Where do you see the brand going over the next few years?

I would like KILIAN to become the reference when it comes to Luxury & Creativity in fragrances.

What does Bespoke mean to you?

For me, bespoke means complete tailoring to the individual. To that person’s own desires, fantasies and needs.

Article by Jaz Grewal

Alpina Gstaad – All the Elements for an Iconic Alpine Experience

Berkeley Bespoke has shared unforgettable moments at The Alpina Gstaad: an exclusive resort set on a hillside, the hotel overlooks a Swiss ski village filled with classic chalets that is surrounded by spectacular Alpine views.

Since its opening on the first of December 2012, The Alpina Gstaad upholds a global standard of refinement and elegance in the 5-star category. Known for its authentic architecture, local crafts, gardens and art collection it is a home to the highest expressions of Swiss design. The property hosts the only Six Senses Spa in Switzerland, a holistic destination inspired by Asian wellness traditions that draw upon the energy of the Alps and the Bernese Oberland’s peaks and pastures.

An exclusive Six Senses Spa is a holistic destination spa inspired by Asian wellness traditions, which are offered alongside Swiss Alpine treatments. The spa’s 12 treatment rooms include a hammam, a Colonic Room,
a Colour Therapy Room, an Ayurvedic Room, an Oriental Room, a Salt Room, a Cave Room for couples treatments and five multifunctional single treatment rooms.

The 56 rooms and suites all reflect how authenticity meets Swiss luxury. Throughout, the region’s heritage inspires the detail and careful craftsmanship, with classically carved ceilings and timber-clad walls create a cosy feel along with leather headboards. Decorative accessories recall the traditional leather straps used to hold cowbells, an iconic image for Saanenland. Yet the result is also fresh and modern, delivering an original Alpine chic aesthetic.

The ultimate suite experience at The Alpina Gstaad is the 400 sqm three-bedroom duplex Panorama Suite, upholding the style of an elegant residence in the Alps. An elegant staircase leads to the suite’s top floor revealing a private spa, Jacuzzi, fitness and massage area.

Michelin-starred Executive Chef Martin Göschel supervises Restaurant Sommet, Megu and Swiss Stübli, three exceptional restaurants, which draw upon the world’s classic cuisines. Each is an ode to authentic food and the finest produce, offering expressions of the chef’s famous attention to detail and eye for perfection.

MEGU – Japan has never tasted better Experience a new style of dining in Gstaad with the first Western european location of the celebrated MEGU concept restaurant. The restaurant’s design by award-winning decorator Noé Duchaufour- Lawrance promises a unique experience with some of the most unusual ingredients and dishes, prepared by two expert Japanese chefs.

The Alpina Gstaad hosts its own permanent art collection installed throughout the hotel and grounds. It includes works by many of the leading artists of the twenty – first century, which explore the interplay between technology, identity, and the natural world.

The property partners with arts organizations, sponsors artist residencies, hosts forums that bring together creative activists and cultural producers, and supports the creation of new artworks, particularly those concerned with environmental and social activism. The Hotel aspires to be a global platform for creativity and cultural innovation, a place where guests can experience the spectacular Swiss Alps, while they are inspired by engaging visual art, architecture, and stimulating cultural exchange.

UNCOMPROMISING PERFECTION of New Engines at the Geneva Motor Show

Where supercars and the latest speed machines flirting with autonomous technology and graceful designs. This year’s Geneva Motor Show is arguably the most tech-savy and sublime, with the high performance figures traditionally touted by internal combustion engine supercars replaced by sporting batteries and electric motors.

BUGATTI – La Voiture Noire

A pioneering spirit, passion for perfection and the desire to continually redefine its limits have been the key characteristics of BUGATTI since it was founded 110 years ago.

„LA VOITURE NOIRE“ – MORE THAN A REINTERPRETATION

In terms of exclusivity, performance and luxury, the new “La Voiture Noire” is every inch the equal of Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece. It is the perfect manifestation of BUGATTI’s cornerstones: “dynamic, luxury and elegance”.

“La Voiture Noire” is an opus of elegance and finesse. Purism and elegance are reflected in every surface and continued into each minute detail. The windscreen seems to flow seamlessly into the windows like the visor on a helmet. The newly designed bumpers are smoothly integrated into the body. Clear lines guide the eye subtly over the surface, which seems to blend into a single piece. With its extended front end and the distinctive BUGATTI Signature line, “La Voiture Noire” creates an elongated impression. Its elegant waistline accentuates the coupé’s contours. At the rear, six tailpipes bear witness to the incredible power of “La Voiture Noire”. Subtly incorporated into the overall appearance, they hint at the strength of the car’s heart, the iconic 16-cylinder engine.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars returned to the Geneva Motor Show and debuted its full current product portfolio for the first time on an international stage. Representing the near-infinite Bespoke possibilities at the heart of its record-breaking success in 2018, the marque presented one of an extraordinary collection of 25 Phantoms alongside the first publicly-revealed Bespoke Cullinan commission. In addition, two powerful visions of Black Badge and a highly Bespoke Dawn was revealed, each informed by the taste patterns of a younger, more assertive breed of entrepreneur drawn to the brand.

Following its global launch in the peaks of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, the World’s media declared Cullinan unequivocally “Effortless Everywhere”. This transformative all-terrain vehicle has now begun a remarkable Bespoke journey with the marque’s patrons who continue to create truly personal expressions of their lifestyles. An exclusive Cullinan has been curated in recognition of this extraordinary adventure.

The Genève 2019 commission intelligently reconciles the distinct notions of luxury and utility that Cullinan embodies. The brand’s hallmark five-coat high gloss paint finish is rendered with a Petra Gold hue and fine Navy Blue coachline, recalling the khaki shades favoured by explorers, while Navy Blue and Oatmeal interior appointments celebrate a similarly functional colourway wrought in the finest leather hides. In addition, natural Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer is jewelled with a Bespoke timepiece and highly polished aluminium Bespoke Audio speaker grilles, subtly referencing the technical capability of Rolls-Royce’s proprietary audio system.

To the rear, the brand’s Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople present Genève 2019’s most indulgent expression of all-terrain luxury. Mounted within a removable Recreation Module modestly stowed in the motor car’s boot, The Hosting Service embodies the notion of giving pause to extraordinary company and is perfectly appointed to enrich time spent with loved ones.

Welcoming another creation by Philipp Plein themed model, created with Mansory at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 – is this Mercedes-AMG G 63. Fitted with a complete widebody kit, the Mansory Star Trooper is also part of a limited production run of 20 vehicles which start at 550,000 euros each.

Showcasing the new front bumper with wider rear arches and a new rear apron. The bonnet is new with additional venting and the amount of LED lighting also increases. Mansory describes the paint job as “50 shades of Grey Camouflage”. The engine has been reworked too. New turbochargers, downpipes and an exhaust system boost power from 585 bhp up to 850 bhp with torque increasing from 850 Nm up to 1,000 Nm. 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds with a top speed in excess of 250 km/h.

The Mansory interior features Philipp Plein logos throughout, even embossed into the seats. There are touches of carbon fibre and red stitching to match the exterior LED’s. Mansory is on fire!

Article by Jayraj JR Sisodia

HUBLOT AND MARC FERRERO CELEBRATE WOMEN, HEROINES OF MODERN TIMES

Hublot and Marc Ferrero, the artist behind Storytelling Art, unveil the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero. Paying homage to the 21st century woman, who distinguishes herself through the multiplicity of her roles, in this exclusive timepiece she is embodied as the heroine of modern times. This collaboration marks an exploratory approach to art and watchmaking.

A Muse, the 21st century woman

In turn wife, mother, friend, lover, business woman, femme fatale, fashion icon or night owl, for every hour of the day the modern woman sets herself apart as unpredictable, multifaceted and unique. She is disarming and makes light of the simple or complex adventures that she comes up against; drawing upon her charm, she juggles the lives that fill each of her days.

Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero

The dial tells the story of this heroine of modern times with ‘Lipstick’, an iconic work by the artist. Enigmatic behind her dark glasses, she remains majestic in the face of the unexpected and affirms her femininity, armed with her lipstick. Spinels in shades of red, topazes for the turquoise version, and forty- two fine stones decorate the bezel of the new 39-mm case, which is adjusted to her feminine wrists. With one touch of its “One Click” patented fastening system, the leather strap makes way for a version in alligator and rubber, a touch of sophistication appropriate for the moment. Available in red and turquoise, the special series will be available in 50 copies of each tone.

Watchmaking and painting in movement: fusion

Hublot and Marc Ferrero cultivate the art of exploration in their respective fields, with fusion as the guiding principle. For the watchmaking house, it is the unexpected blend of rare and innovative materials and for the artist and friend of the brand, it is the combination of different graphic styles on the same plane. It was therefore natural for their innovative spirits to find a shared expression, with watchmaking as a vehicle for art. A story of timeless adventures is embodied by the Big Bang One Click Marc Ferrero timepiece. A flagship announcement linking to the “Hublot loves Art” series.

Marc Ferrero

“When I am asked ‘What innovative and modern idea develops your painting?’ Without hesitation, I answer fusion… Using different graphic styles (cubism, impressionism, surrealism, figurative, etc.) on the same plane or over my works—just like a film director uses special effects to tell a story—will always represent an extremely exciting challenge for me.” Marc Ferrero

Marc Ferrero

You don’t position yourself at the head of a new pictorial trend without a great knowledge of painting and the major developments that have marked its history. Marc Ferrero is one of the few contemporary painters who make it possible to claim that painting can still explore new avenues and continue, thanks to the power of the imagination, last century’sgraphical adventure, which was the richest in terms of pictorial research. Marc Ferrero’s body of work, associated with theStorytelling Art movement never ceases to intrigue because it possesses characteristics that are found nowhere else: fictional stories that take us around the world and refer to all kinds of cultures and invented characters, like real mirrors of the collective aspirations of our times. A forgotten mix of all sorts of graphic styles on the same plane, which modifies the notions of space-time of the pictorial field. An interplay between narrative breakdowns and variations of planes that allow each Work to be the pretext for an extraordinary adventure.

Living with a work by Marc Ferrero means giving your walls captivating stories and expanding spaces by following in the footsteps of Lisa L’aventura, Duke Spencer Percival and Cello Cordoba in an adventure that is called: “Once Upon a TimeLa Comitive”.

 

The FEAST of aesthetics: Experiencing The Silo Hotel in Cape Town

 

How unexpected. The Silo Hotel. Magical Experince. A luxurious hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted structures glisten like diamonds during the day while at night the building transforms into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

It is a truly celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio.

With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team have crafted a number of casual and contemporary menus that include lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar snacks and a wonderful Sunday Roast. Chef Veronica believes in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.

The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms. There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests. The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom – in 1995.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 6 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The images and floor plans below are indicative of the category only. We cannot guarantee a particular room (other than the penthouse), only the room category.

Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure Magazine. The ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.

#BerkeleyBespokeLovesArt – Travelling to Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019

Jake Michael Singer

Berkeley Bespoke loves Art way too much and we had the pleasure to be invited to visit Investec Cape Town Art Fair – the largest event of its kind in Africa. With almost 100 galleries and over 15,000 visitors, it offers a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to create connections at the forefront of contemporary art. With an intimate experience of one of the World’s most unique art capitals, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has proven to be the place where the fast-growing African art market and the international art World meet.

Being the largest art fair on the African continent and showing cutting edge contemporary art,  the Fair provides a platform for galleries, collectors, curators and artists from around the globe to engage in cultural and economic exchange. The allure of Investec Cape Town Art Fair is its content and its placement on the African continent, with the advent of its 8th edition, the market has proven that art fairs are a sustainable economic model for trade in contemporary art.

Lia Rumma Galleria, Marina Abramovic, Golden Mask

One of the most striking highlights was a selection of Jake Michael Singer’s photography and sculptural works, which draws together narratives around collective identity, myth and science fiction. Singer’s photographs comprise sets constructed of found material and plastics on rooftops around the Johannesburg CBD and installations in the studio. Working with dancers, Singer creates absurd disorientating scenes that evoke tensions between the natural and synthetic; the chaotic and the ordered; performed and the photographed. Here, Singer creates illusions around the body in space, through the intermixing of physical and digital space.

Singer’s three-dimensional works also play with these themes. “There is humming in the air” is created using a technique that draws on traditional thatching and emergent behaviour. Emergent behaviour is a system that does not depend on its individual parts but on their relationship to one another. This phenomenon exists in the way birds flock, to the way the internet is organised, to artificial neural networks in computer science and robotics. Singer uses this principle in the organisation of thousands of steel pieces, typically used for security fencing, to create a symbol of transcendence.

Pedro Pires

The 2019 incarnation of the ongoing SOLO section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair explored the effects of the digital World on our lived realities. As its name suggests, the extensive exhibition that included solo presentations and artworks that reflected a new and traditional skill set that held a deep conversation with one another.

By progressing to new traditions it is hoped that emerging practitioners and collectors will begin to think more analytically about how the digital World impacts art. Digital practices may be a powerful force in our everyday lives, yet in our context, there has not been enough opportunity in the visual arts allowing practitioners from different strata to exhibit alongside one another.

Guns & Rain  Letso Leipego.  The Shepherd

We have seen an incredibly eclectic mix of exceptional talents whom, besides being young and audacious, also explored a new aesthetic of commodity and the personal in a Globalised World.

We have been truly fascinated by artists: Kyu Sang Lee (South Korea) of Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town, South Africa; Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana) of APalazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy; Sitaara Stodel (South Africa) of Smith Studio in Cape Town, South Africa; Tabita Rezaire (French Guyana/Denmark) of Goodman Gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; Jake Singer (South Africa) of Matter Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Montoro12 Larissa Sansour, In the Future

South Africa’s ebullient gallery circuit was fully represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, and a journey down the art fair isles gave us a full picture of contemporary South African Art. The galleries of the continent integrated into the mainstream of South African consciousness, and the abundance of galleries from African centres attested to the desire for dialogue and stimulus on the African art scene.

Highlighting, the best African galleries represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair: Afriart Gallery of Kampala, Nairobi’s Circle Art Gallery, Espaco Luanda Arte, First Floor Gallery of Harare, Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery of Abidjan, Omenka Gallery of Lagos and This is not a White Cube also from Luanda. Thank you to the organisers for this magnificent experience!

Magnin A