Therme Art Program

THERME ART CELEBRATES SECOND ANNIVERSARY AT BLENHEIM PALACE

In the majestic surroundings of Blenheim Palace, Therme Art Program hosted an intimate evening to celebrate two fruitful years in operation, and to reflect on the exciting work yet to come.

 

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is Not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

 

“Over the last two years, Therme Art Program has celebrated numerous remarkable achievements including our acquisition of Frida Escobedo and Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilions, Francis Kéré’s Tugunora commission for Design Miami/, and our joint venture Franchise Freedom with Studio Drift and Pace Gallery,” said Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator of Therme Art Program.

Since its launch at Frieze Academy’s Art & Architecture Conference at the Royal Institution in 2017, Therme Art Program has established itself as a key supporter of the arts and an arbiter of cultural production.

Sekutowicz continued, “It was an honor to bring together our friends, staff, and supporters in such a historic venue to both celebrate and reflect upon Therme Art Program’s achievements. We remain committed to developing sustainable, holistic approaches to urban development and, with the help of our wide network of partners and experts, we look forward to many more fruitful years ahead.”

Joined by friends and renowned collaborators from the worlds of art and design, the evening began with a tour of Maurizio Cattelan’s solo exhibition, Victory is not an Option, installed throughout the sumptuous eighteenth-century palace best known as the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Marking the Italian artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK in 20 years, the exhibition attracted attention recently because of the yet-unsolved robbery of its central artwork America, a fully-functioning toilet made from 18-karat solid gold.

“We created the Blenheim Art Foundation to challenge the conventional way art is shown in stately homes––producing shows of world-class artists on scales rarely seen before outside major museums and even more rarely seen in places like Blenheim Palace,” said Nicolai Frahm, Vice-Chairman of the Blenheim Art Foundation.

“All our exhibitions to date have challenged both Blenheim Palace’s and Britain’s loaded history, and Maurizio Cattelan’s exhibition is no different. Known for his sculptural installations that address the darker and more difficult parts of history and society with unexpected humor, Maurizio seeks to turn the mirror back on us and examine our reactions when confronted with uncomfortable topics,” continued Frahm.

Seated in the Palace’s lavish Orangery, more than 150 guests enjoyed a sustainable plant-based menu courtesy of Blenheim Palace to end the evening. Rounding off the night’s entertainment was a very special performance from up-and-coming musician, Ocean and the Waves.

 

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Maurizio Cattelan, Victory is not an Option (2019), Blenheim Palace

Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator, Therme Art Program

Nicolai Frahm

Robert C. Hanea, Therme Group Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board

The Orangery, Blenheim Palace

The Orangery, Blenheim Palace

 

Images courtesy Elizabeth Gleave