Oettinger Davidoff’s art programme, Davidoff Art Initiative, was crowned one of the winners at the 2017 International Corporate Art Awards, which took place on 22 November in Rome.

The awards highlight visibility, recognition, and best practice in collaborations between the corporate and art worlds.

Albertine Kopp, from Davidoff Art Initiative, accepts the Corporate Art Award from curator Luca Desiata

The Davidoff Art Initiative was selected from 90 projects in 22 countries for the prestigious award. Recent winners have included major companies with long involvements in art, including Deutsche Bank, American Express and Shiseido.

Oettinger Davidoff CEO Beat Hauenstein said: “It is truly an honour to be named a winner of this award alongside such notable peers. It confirms our firm approach and encourages our team and many collaborative partners to continue strengthening our activities of the past five years.

“This award signals our efforts are valid. The promotion of interconnectivity between the many nations and regions within the Caribbean, at all levels of production, as well as our decision to motivate thoughtful cultural engagement from and around the international community, will be even more decisive with this nomination.”

Since its inception in 2012, the Davidoff Art Initiative has championed contemporary artists in the Caribbean and strengthened art organisations that promote Caribbean art. It has also fostered cultural connections within the region and with the rest of the world.

Curator of the Corporate Art Awards Luca Desiata commented: “A lasting contribution to the world of contemporary art. A profound social impact on the communities and the stakeholders. An international perspective with the involvement of five prestigious art institutions worldwide. These are the features that made the Davidoff Art Residency programme one of the winners of the 2017 edition of the Corporate Art Awards.”