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In conjunction with its first anniversary, Espace Louis Vuitton Singapore presents A Dedication to the Sea – a solo exhibition by Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai which explores the complex relationship between the sea and our contemporary society.

To celebrate the launch of this exhibition, Louis Vuitton (LV) hosted an exclusive cocktail event for a 130 invited guests to an evening of artful indulgence with artist Charwei and curator Eugene Tan.Set against the backdrop of the nautical-inspired Island Maison on the Marina Bay waterfront, the exhibition highlights the sea’s mystical and compelling beauty. With engaging video works and a series of large scale photographs installed throughout the gallery space, the exhibition promises visitors an immersive experience. For the exhibition, Espace Louis Vuitton Singapore worked with critic and curator Eugene Tan. This is the first time a Singapore-based curator has been chosen for the programme.

Mr Jean-Christophe Tevenin, General Manager of Louis Vuitton Southeast Asia said: “Since its inauguration last year, the Espace Louis Vuitton Singapore has inspired collaborations in contemporary art that challenge and celebrate the Art of Travel, underlining our commitment and relationship with the arts.”The themes of A Dedication to the Sea ties in beautifully with the Maison’s distinctive location on the bay and the first anniversary of the very first Island Maison to be launched in South-East Asia”. As part of a three-year corporate social responsibility initiative targeted at supporting young talents in the local arts scene, LV also organised a special preview of A Dedication to the Sea for 16 students from the School of the Arts (SOTA). In a meet-and-greet session held on Nov 14, 2012, the students were given the opportunity to witness a live demonstration by Charwei of one of her artworks and the rare opportunity to mingle with artist and curator.

Louis Vuitton partnered SOTA in 2011 through an Arts Excellence Programme which endeavours to provide opportunities for the promotion of young, creative talent in the visual arts. It is the first luxury brand to develop a long-term partnership with SOTA whose central philosophies of creativity and innovation are in synergy with LV. A Dedication to the Sea is open till Feb 2013. It is the fourth exhibition to open at the unique space for artistic and cultural expression.