Aude­mars Pigu et at Art Basel

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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.

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