Audemars Pigu et at Art Basel
Audemars Piguet once more made its presence felt at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong, kicking off with an evening reception where the brand proudly announced Ruijun Shen as its guest curator for the Audemars Piguet Art Commission in 2016, and made the big reveal of its new Art Basel lounge, designed by renowned French artist, Mathieu Lehanneur.
The reception party was held across two floors at California Tower, and was attended by over 500 guests, including film and TV actress, Sandra Ng, and actor Louis Koo. Keeping with the theme, the event featured décor echoing Lehanneur’s eco-living design, while humming in the background was the sound created by Alexandre Joly especially for the new lounge.
For the new Audemars Piguet space, referred to as “Mineral Lab,” Lehanneur took inspiration from the manufacture’s home in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, presenting a design concept that showed the shift of seasons and a larger than life eco-living wall. The design was completed by a sound installation by Joly, who recorded the natural sounds from around Le Brassus, as well as from the Audemars Piguet manufacture and museum. He then combined them, creating a unique mix that blends natural and industrial sounds, perfectly complementing Leganneur’s design. Within this space, Audemars Piguet also displayed its exceptional women’s heritage timepieces crafted since the 1900s.
Shen, a renowned artist and curator who has previously exhibited in and curated shows at The Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum and Guangdong Times Museum in China, and at the Queens Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the US, is set to work with another artist on a piece that will be unveiled next year.