January 2019, Hotel Solsana, Saanen,
W A V E S – art initiative for the oceans first edition was initiated by interdisciplinary Swiss artist and sailor Anthony Bannwart in January 2019. This first collective curated exhibition featured works by several renowned artists from various artistic « waves », eras and artistic movements. This first exhibition was staged in an empty swimming pool at the Hotel Solsana in Saanen / Gstaad, Switzerland.
The location set a stage to raise our awareness of what it means to be “out of water”. It invited the viewers to enter the empty space and feel lack and absence of sea, lake or ocean. What will our planet look like without water? Will there be life? The theme of the curated exhibition was developed by diverse artists with a broad range of interdisciplinary artworks.
The exhibition showed acclaimed artists Ai Wei Wei and Kevin Abosh’s blockchain artwork PRICELESS,
alongside with artworks by Victor Vasarely, Darren Almond, Max Bill, Claude Viallat, Wolf Barth, Anthony Bannwart, and an introduction to blockchain art by Swiss art dealer Georg Bak and W A V E S founder and artist Anthony Bannwart at the exclusive Gstaad Yacht Club.
W A V E S I
A I W E I W E I + K E V I N A B O S C H
D A R R E N A L M O N D
W O L F B A R T H
M A X B I LL
V I C T O R V A S A R E L Y
C L A U D E V I A L L A T
A N T H O N Y B A N N W A R T