Beyond its affiliation with Art Basel in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach, Audemars Piguet has set up long-term partnerships with other prominent contemporary art events, which attract artists, professionals, and visitors from around the world. The collaboration with ARCOmadrid started in 2012 and led to the launch of the annual Audemars Piguet ARCO Prize, which recognises an outstanding work by an artist in the fair. Since 2014, Audemars Piguet has partnered with Gallery Weekend Berlin, an event that has drawn the international art world to one of Europe’s most vibrant contemporary art centres over the last ten years.
Since 2012, Audemars Piguet has served as a lead sponsor of ARCOmadrid, the preeminent contemporary art fair on the Iberian Peninsula. Beyond highlighting the Spanish contemporary art calendar, the fair attracts collectors, artists, and galleries from Latin America. Since 2013, Audemars Piguet has bestowed the annual Audemars Piguet ARCO Prize, with an award of 15,000 euros, on one artist, selected by an expert jury, for the production of an exceptional artwork exhibited at the fair.
ARCOMADRID: THE 2019 PRIZE
The 7th Audemars Piguet ARCO Prize (2019) was awarded to Andrea Galvani, an Italian artist based in Mexico City. His project entitled “Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth” was exhibited at the Audemars Piguet lounge during ARCOmadrid, from 27 February to 3 March 2019. The title of Galvani’s work is a translation of the Chinese seismograph invented by Chinese scholar Zhang Heng in C.E. 132. The artwork consists of suspended neon tubes forming complex and impenetrable scientific equations.
Andrea Galvani (born 1973, Verona) lives and works in New York and Mexico City. His scientific methodology often involves partnerships with universities and research communities. His work articulates and extends the boundaries between fragility and monumentality, temporality and the absolute, through a cross-disciplinary approach and a variety of materials and media such as photography, video, drawing, sculpture, sound, architectural installation and performance.
The artist explores how physics and mathematics make sense of the world through hypotheses, asserted, in his work, by the solidity of the structures and the incandescence of light. The artist further approaches how the complexity and precision of contemporary science interweaves with human apprehension. The installation is brought to life by performers, whose slow movements and whispering convey our sense of unease when confronted to the unknown underpinning scientific discoveries, such as formulae calculating the probability of life on other planets.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ARCO PRIZE WINNERS AND WORKS
Gallery Weekend Berlin
This partnership with Berlin’s most widely attended contemporary art event underscores Audemars Piguet’s deep commitment to art, as well as our aspiration to build long-term relations with artists, galleries and museums. Over the past decade, Gallery Weekend Berlin has established itself as a prominent platform for collectors, curators and art expert from across Europe and around the world.