The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations that work to promote Caribbean art, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It brings opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the wider Caribbean region—including the Dominican Republic, where much of Davidoff’s production and many of the employees are based—and it extends the company’s long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community, and quality.

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Corporate Art Award 2017 recipients

Honored to receive one of the 2017 International Corporate Art Awards®.

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All news are available at the Davidoff Art Initiative news archive


Davidoff Art Initiative hosts special events such as dialogues and open studios, involving artists, curators and collectors. Organized in different spaces and venues throughout the world, they are made possible through our partnerships. Additionally, Davidoff Art Initiative wish to share the different events that occur across the globe that includes participation by artists whom have collaborated to make the initiative’s aims a reality.

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Welcome Davidoff International Artists

Join the official event that welcomes Davidoff’s International Residency artists for 2018 to the Dominican Republic and into the residency partnership hosted in collaboration with Altos de Chavón school of art and design.

The participating artists and curators will be presented to the public and the local community of creatives and artists.

Hosted at Casa Quien - located in the heart of the historical Colonial Zone.
This event offers the opportunity to learn more about the artists, their plans during the residency period, and what they hope to achieve.

Venue: Casa Quien
        Calle Arzobispo Nouel 209-A,
        Santo Domingo
        10210, Dominican Republic

Date: Thursday 25th January
Time: 18:30 -20:30

Free Entry. All Welcomed.

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Mon 22

Davidoff International Residencies

The fourth consecutive Davidoff residency for international artists, curators and writers is in session. 

Based at the Altos de Chavón school for Art and design, Dominican Republic, this group of participants are truly international with a multifaceted art backgrounds and interests.

Find out more about the creative individuals collaborating in 2018 with Davidoff Art Initiative here.

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Final Open Studios

Davidoff artist in residence in Basel, Yornel Martínez, opens his studios for the final time during his residency.
Guests are invited to view works created during his time in residency at Atelier Mondial Studios in collaboration with HGK FHNW.
This opportunity is a collaboration with fellow artist-in-residency, Cao Shu (Shanghai). 

Yornel Martínez in Studio 6 and Cao Shu in Studio 7 welcomes visits on:
Sunday 17 December 2017
14:00 - 18:00

Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein

Tram No. 11
Tram Stop: Freilager

Free Entry

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Mit 29

Atelier Mondial Exhibition

Group Exhibition with the guest artists currently staying at Atelier Mondial’s international residence studios.


Curator Alys Williams (Director VITRINE Gallery, London/Basel) has woven a … thread between the artistic languages and the works, dealing in different ways with topics such as memory, time and journey.

Opening hours: 29 November - 3 December, Thursday to Sunday, 2-6pm

Freilager-Platz 9, 4142 Münchenstein

Tram No. 11, Tram Stop: Freilager

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Mit 29

Vernissage Atelier Mondial Exhibition

Join us for the Opening of the collective show at Salon Mondial which - including Yornel Martinez Elias, Davidoff artist in residence in Basel.

The Group Exhibition, which features works by current artists in residences at Atelier Mondial, is curated by Alys Williams (VITRINE).

Yornel Martinez Elias
Eduardo Navarro
Cao Shu
Brad Rimmer
Charlie Godet Thomas

Wednesday, November 29th
Salon Mondial.

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Don 28

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival

In a historical moment when the very notion of cultural diversity is being threatened from so many angles, a full appreciation of the Caribbean as perhaps the most culturally diverse region in the world has never been more important.  As the crucible of the modern world, the Caribbean has always been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and if anything, the conversation around diversity that is currently gripping both America and the UK is one that the Caribbean has already been immersed in for centuries.

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival aims to celebrate and showcase this diversity by highlighting the most adventurous creatives in film, art and music who are emerging from the region and its sprawling diaspora. We hope you join us for a weekend that explores just how the Caribbean, in all its colorful nuance, is at once a signpost of the present, the past and the future of our ever-expanding world.

The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.

Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival

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Die 03

Tessa Mars: Producing work that reflects a Caribbean perspective

Join us to enjoy a private tour of El Museo del Barrio’s current exhibitions, followed by an artist talk that features Davidoff @ Residency Unlimited Artist-in-Residence from Haiti, Tessa Mars, in conversation with Harlem-based artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier and Brooklyn-based Shelley Worrell of caribBeing. These #hotartists will focus on producing work that reflects a Caribbean perspective both inside and outside of the region, with special attention to the Haitian experience.


October 3

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

More information and RSVP: El Museo del Barrio 

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Fre 29

Leasho Johnson: Playing the Fields 2

Third Horizon Film Festival will be presenting the newest work of 2017 exhibiting artist Leasho Johnso>n, in an exhibit entitled “Playing the Fields 2” curated by Christopher Cozier and Nicole Smythe-Johnson. This evening’s reception will be followed by a panel discussion with Johnson, Cozier and Smythe-Johnson, along with Kwesi Abbensetts and Dr. Patricia Saunders of the University of Miami. Complimentary admission.

O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127

DATE: September 29 2017

TIME: 5:30 pm

More Information: Third Horizon Film Festival

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Invisible Universes

Invisible Universes is an exhibition that showcases the most recent works by Mónica Ferreras De La Maza, expanding on works from her most recent residency in Shanghai.

Open to visitors between Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 with the option to make a personal tour with the artist.

Venue: Ateliers Florenz

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Die 04

Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition

Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition:

An exhibition that presents the extraordinary influence that Jamaican culture has had on music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art, both in Jamaica and beyond.

Leasho Johnson contributes to this exhibition presenting works that comment on the humour and hypersexuality of dancehall.

More info: Philharmoniede Paris

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Don 20

Jimmy Robert in Conversation with Kelly Kivland

A conversation between artist Jimmy Robert and curator Kelly Kivland, in collaboration with the Davidoff Art Initiative at the Swiss Institute .

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Jamaica Biennial 2017

The Jamaica Biennial 2017 focuses on artists from Jamaica and Jamaica Diaspora and feature Leasho Johnson amongst the local artists exhibited.

Specially-invited artists from other Caribbean nations include David Gumbs and Raquel Paiewonsky.

More information here.

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