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LONDON CALLING

PAD London

17th Oct 2013

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Presented in a sophisticated setting in the heart of Mayfair, PAD is London’s boutique fair for design and 20th Century art. Renowned for cultivating eclecticism and connoisseurship, PAD offers a panorama of museum-quality works of modern art, design, decorative arts, tribal art, photography and jewellery from some of the world’s leading international galleries. 

The seventh edition of PAD London will run from 16-20 October on Berkeley Square and will include 21 new participants across all disciplines, making a total of 60 exhibitors from 12 countries.

The top-tier contemporary design galleries to join the fair include SMOGallery, Garrido Gallery, Galleria O., Galerie Kreo, BSL–Béatrice Saint-Laurent, Galerie Gosserez and Galerie Italienne. 20th Century design also expands with the participation of Galerie Matthieu Richard, Galerie Pascal Cuisinier and Galerie Dutko, while turn-of-the-century furniture will be represented by Didier Luttenbacher and Oscar Graf.

Ranging from Impressionist drawings to post-war abstract paintings, the selection of works presented by new modern art galleries Vertes, Galleria d'Arte Frediano Farsetti, Applicat Prazan and Jean-François Cazeau will be of rare quality and exceptional provenance.

This year is set to be the strongest yet for tribal art at PAD with the added participation of Bernard Dulon, whose collection of African art has attracted the attention of renowned institutions and museums worldwide. The field of antiquities will be introduced with David Ghezelbash and Gordian Weber Kunsthandel exhibiting a range of exceptional works from ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece. Japanese art and armour will also make a first-time appearance at PAD with expert gallery Jean-Christophe Charbonnier, adding to the fair’s diversity and originality.

Once again, luminaries from the worlds of design, art and fashion will come together at PAD to select the winners of the Moët Hennessy-PAD London Prize. The prestigious judging panel, chaired by Jasper Conran, and including architect Amanda Levete, designer Tom Dixon and Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, will determine the winners in the award categories for Best Contemporary Design, Best 20th Century Decorative Art Work and Best Stand.

An innovative design project of MwangaBora solar lamps promises to be a major highlight at PAD this year. Created by renowned Kenyan engineer Evans Wadongo - named a CNN Hero in 2010 – the lamps will feature in an installation at the entrance of the fair conceived by fashion designer Reed Krakoff. The lamps will be sold to benefit Wadongo’s organisation Sustainable Development for All Kenya (SDFA-Kenya), a not-for-profit that creates opportunities for education, sustainable development and economic empowerment throughout Africa.

Another exciting addition will be 1 Picasso for 100 Euros – a fundraiser in which €100 raffle tickets will be made available for purchase during the fair for a chance to win Pablo Picasso’s gouache on paper L’Homme au Gibus, estimated by Sotheby’s at $1,000,000. Initiated by French journalist Péri Cochin and Olivier Picasso, the artist’s grandson, 1 Picasso for 100 Euros is organised by the International Association to Save Tyre, established to protect the UNESCO World Heritage site in Lebanon. The proceeds from the purchase of tickets will go to finance research and several preservation projects in the ancient Phoenician city.

CLIC Sargent is a UK-based charity formed from the merger of Sargent Cancer Care for Children, and Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood in 2005. The charity specialises in providing support for children with cancer. As part of PAD’s support for the charity, raffle tickets worth £10 will be sold throughout the week at PAD for the chance to win a stunning piece of bespoke jewellery designed by Vicki Sarge. The drawing for the winner will be held at the fair on Sunday 20 October.

This year the Ruinart Champagne Bar and Restaurant at PAD London will be designed by Paris-based interior architect Charles Zana. Zana’s vision for the space, on the upper level of the marquee overlooking Berkeley Square, will incorporate a self-playing piano by Dutch designer Maarten Baas (from a 2013 collaboration with Maison Pleyel) and lighting by the Japanese design studio Nendo.

 

PAD London, Berkeley Square, London W1; pad-fairs.com/london