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St Moritz becomes off-piste arts hub

Art world takes to the Swiss Alps for a taste of Brazil

Art over here, over there: artists Roberto Cabot and Vik Muniz point out the Alpine sights at the St Moritz Arts Masters festival

In the last days of summer, the art world is enjoying a final fling in the Swiss Alps, where the St Moritz Arts Masters festival (until 2 September) has turned the Engadin valley into an off-piste arts hub. Now in its fifth year, the event brings together artists, galleries and collectors for a programme of art tours, exhibitions and talks.

This year’s festival has a special focus on art from Brazil, with exhibitions of work by the artists Vik Muniz, Adriana Varejão, Saint Clair Cemin and Pedro Wirz, and the architect and designer Paulo Sergio Niemeyer. International gallerists, such as Gian Enzo Sperone and Karsten Greve, have also opened shows this week, taking advantage of the high-profile collectors who come to the resort town. The festival’s “Walk of Art” tour leads visitors around the 30 venues, which are all open to the public free of charge and are showing works by artists including Tom Sachs, Ron Arad, James Turrell and Mimmo Rotella. The British conceptual artist Hamish Fulton is due to lead a “slowalk” on Thursday 30 August around the Engadin valley.

There is also a series of talks, with international museum directors, curators and artists taking part. This Saturday (1 September), the festival's curator, Reiner Opoku, is due to moderate a discussion between the artist Tom Sachs, Jeffrey Deitch, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Lüder Fromm, the head of global marketing communications at Mercedes-Benz, about the relationship between art and brands.

A full schedule of events is on the festival’s website.

Thiago Rocha Pitta's installation Hermit in St Moritz
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29 Aug 12
14:57 CET


yes thats good to see the realtion of art with brand hope it will exhibit in india also so that i also come to see the art work done by the artist

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