Saturday, November 17, 2012

DEC 3 - MIAMI | Stellar Art Collection to Debut on Celebrity Reflection


“THE SECRET IS OUT!”
SINGULAR ART COLLECTION TO DEBUT ON CELEBRITY REFLECTION
IN THE PORT OF MIAMI DURING ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2012
 
MIAMI – On Monday, December 3, 2012, Celebrity Reflection, the newest ship in the Celebrity fleet, with an innovative, original art collection, will debut in Miami before the ship sets sail on its inaugural Stateside voyage. The collection is part of the fleetwide Celebrity Art Collection, representing a nearly $60-million investment across the fleet, showcasing conceptually strong, unique pieces and providing a rare opportunity to view art outside of conventional museum and gallery venues.
Julian Opie, 1958, England, FROM 13 OUTFITS SERIES, 2000. Vinyl and paint on wood
 
Since 2006, International Corporate Art (ICArt), the leading international art advisory group for the leisure industry, with offices in Miami, London, and Oslo, has curated the museum-quality art collection for Celebrity Cruises.
 
To mark the launch of Celebrity Reflection and its brilliant art collection, ICArt and Celebrity Cruises will host an exclusive press and VIP event onboard the ship December 3, coinciding with the start of Art Basel Miami Beach week. At the event on Celebrity Reflection, invited guests will view the unique collection, meet and mingle with contributing artists, and witness 2008 Whitney Biennale participant and conceptual artist Bert Rodriguez’s performance, “Everywhere I Look, I Only See Myself.”
 
Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008, United States, INTERMISSION (GROUND RULES), 1996 Intaglio
“Celebrity Cruises’ commitment to fine art is unparalled in the maritime industry,” said Mariangela Capuzzo, ICArt Creative Director and Lead Curator. “Their ships have become a platform for a stellar art collection with work by important established, mid-career and emerging artists. ICArt’s relationship with Celebrity has been one of mutual appreciation and positive evolution culminating withCelebrity Reflection, the fifth in Celebrity’s stunning, five-ship Solstice Class series.”
 
The Celebrity Reflection Art Collection is comprised of approximately 136 new acquisitions, including original paintings, sculptures, photography, video, drawings, prints and site-specific, architecturally-integrated installations. In addition, there are 115 standout artworks selected from the Celebrity Art Collection on former ships, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, John Baldessari, Julian Opie, Kiki Smith and Richard Prince.
Bert Rodriguez 1975, Cuba REFLECTION, 2012 Steel, fiberglass and paint with LED lights
 
Each ship in Celebrity Cruises’ fleet reinvents itself through its art collection, which is inspired by the vessel’s name and essence.Celebrity Reflection’s curatorial theme, “The Seductiveness of a Reflection,” investigates the effect of art via the physical properties of reflective materials, as well as the subtler act of reflection. Examples include Mirror Flower by Jeff Koons, Ann Veronica Janssen’s gilded Venetian blinds called Store Dore, and Aziz & Cucher’s light boxes, Untitled (Reflection Series). Two prominent project spaces with site-specific commissions include Bert Rodriguez’s Reflection in the ship’s upper Grand Foyer, featuring a suspended, living tree reflecting upon itself, and Carlos Betancourt’s The Celestial Garden, an all-encompassing visual and sensory experience in the Ensemble vestibule.
 
Celebrity Cruises’ passion for creating timeless and memorable experiences is exemplified through the quality and breadth of its art collections. Challenging the assumption that viewers can only be moved by art in familiar, established venues, Celebrity Reflectioninspires both guests and artists through its greater creative possibilities.
 
About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience. In addition to offering vacations visiting all continents, Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major lines, with a fleet of 11 ships, Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent. Follow the brand socially at www.facebook.com/celebritycruises.
 
About ICArt
Founded in 2004, International Corporate Art (ICArt) with more than 20 years of experience, has become the leading art advisory group worldwide for the leisure industry. ICArt works with clients to create unique and exciting art programs that begin with the concept and finish with on-site installation. ICArt curates cohesive collections sourced from artists and galleries worldwide to produce distinctive results for both intimate and monumental spaces. With expertise in maritime projects, ICArt has created art programs for over 130 ships, from “boutique” luxury vessels to large 6,000-passenger “Mega Ships.” Recently, ICArt curated Celebrity Cruises’ five ships in the Solstice Class series with museum-quality art collections, and manages the $60-million Celebrity Art Collection.  For more information, email mariangela@icartmiami.com, cristina@icartmiami.com.

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