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For Its 10th Edition, Roving Art Fair NOMAD Circle Cruises To Capri

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No other name on the international art and design fair calendar stands out quite like NOMAD Circle. In the years since contemporary art insiders Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Giorgio Pace conceived the idea for a roving art fair in 2016, NOMAD has gained an exalted reputation for recruiting a sizzling roster of esteemed galleries for its intimate, unconventional (and mostly biannual) gatherings. Beyond the obvious high-caliber curatorial prowess—NOMAD celebrates its 10th edition this year—it’s the seamless interweaving of wanderlust into all its programming that continues to keep the art world on its toes.

On every NOMAD invitation, the story begins with “where.” In previous years, the cruise fair has been held in locations as lavish as Villa La Vigie in Monaco (once owned by Karl Lagerfeld), as dramatic as the Gothic Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in Venice, and as historically-significant as Chesa Planta, a patrician house-turned-museum in NOMAD’S wintertime base, St. Moritz. NOMAD’s one-time virtual pivot in 2020, which was broadcast from the Palais de Bulles near Cannes, is another testament to its adaptability. (And a broader reflection on art’s evolution, perhaps?) “Our mission is to revisit the classic format of traditional fairs, by offering an experience that truly merges design, art, and architecture,” says Bellavance-Lecompte. “With the advancement of the arts in mind, we invite our guests to partake in a showcase that’s surprising, rich, and inspiring. Each edition is one of a kind, hosted in a historical location within a significant architectural setting.”

For its 10th edition, NOMAD is making its way to Capri, exhibiting from July 6 to 10 inside an unsuspecting attraction on the ritzy isle: La Certosa di San Giacomo. The vast 14th-century Carthusian monastery (despite its location a hop-skip away from the island’s buzzing Piazzetta) remains absent from the tourist circuit. As a result, a monastic tranquility continues to pervade the sprawling complex. Surrounded by nature, La Certosa also boasts some of the greatest observation points on the island. From its grounds, breathtaking vistas unfold in the distance: of Capri’s pine-capped coastal cliffs and the cerulean Bay of Naples, including the postcard-perfect Faraglioni rock formations jutting from the sea.

“La Certosa is a quiet monumental and historical place, yet very few have actually visited it,” reflects co-founder Giorgio Pace. “For us, it was immediately clear that it would be the perfect frame to host the incredible artworks and design projects from all over the world. We cannot wait to witness the dialogue between the unique stone architecture and the exhibits. It truly will have a 5D effect: art, architecture, design, nature, and people, all coming together.” With a bevy of art and design collectors passing through Capri as July kicks off—including many existing Circle members—NOMAD had always eyed hosting a fair on the island. At last, the time has arrived. Over a dozen galleries will partake in the momentous occasion, alongside a clutch of one-of-a-kind special projects that will “stand out and highlight NOMAD’s affinity for the unconventional.”

“We can’t believe how fast NOMAD has grown in the past 10 editions, from Monaco to Cannes and Venice, and of course our flagship St. Moritz. And now Capri!” reflects Bellavance-Lecompte. “We love how every edition of NOMAD welcomes such a very exciting and unique selection of galleries and special projects, attracting museums and foundations, art advisors and collectors. NOMAD brings an exclusive kind of luxury—the kind that arises from connecting passionate collectors and art lovers with beautiful spaces and engaging works of art and design.”

Here are some of the exhibitors and projects to look forward to.

Inspired by La Certosa di San Giacomo’s storied past and coveted position on Capri, local gallery Studio Trisorio will showcase Fabrizio Corneli’s quirky light projections, Francesco Arena’s artworks, and organic sculptures by Christiane Löhr.

From Shanghai and New York, Objective Gallery contemplates “the tension between desire and control,” specifically the extent to which each force motivates creative action. Pieces from six up-and-coming creatives—Brecht Wright Gander, Charlotte Kingsnorth, J McDonald, Vincent Pocsik, Hao Liang, and Liam Lee—will investigate the theme.

London’s Gallery FUMI will feature both contemporary works and specially commissioned pieces from a range of heavy-hitting talent, including Max Lamb, Rowan Mersh, Sam Orlando Miller, Johannes Nagel, Study O Portable, Jie Wu, Lukas Wegwerth, Voukenas Petrides, Eelko Moorer, Saelia Aparicio, Tuomas Markunpoika, and Freddie Yauner.

UNNO Gallery’s show Volume. The Land and the Maker presents the works of renowned Mexico City architectural firm Habitación 116 alongside the pieces by Mexico​​ industrial and interior designer C.S. Nunez, commenting on “the numerous crossings and intersections that have long made design a truly global discourse.”

Naples studio Alfonso Artiaco arrives to Capri from across the bay to spark a conversation on the intersection of art and design (“two different territories bound in a relationship of constant contamination”) between artists Maria Thereza Alves and Diego Cibelli.

Mercado Moderno returns to NOMAD with a selection of works inflected by summertime bliss, like photographer Bob Wolfenson’s seductive portrait of fashion legend Gisele Bündchen. The Rio de Janeiro gallery will also spotlights Italy’s influence on Brazilian Modern Design through elegant pieces by Lina Bo Bardi and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

Athens-based Carwan Gallery will present Neoneoneo-Classic, an exploration of the revival of Classical ideals. Eight designers—including India Mahdavi, Anton Alvarez, and Roberto Sironi—will share their “unique approach to materiality and alternative readings of historicity.”

Japanese Design from New York’s Thomsen Gallery—top leading dealers in Japanese art and design—focuses on the artistry of Japanese bamboo masters through intricate 20th-century flower baskets and other works created by contemporary bamboo artists.

Attendees can also anticipate a dizzying array of special projects at NOMAD’s 10th edition, including José Parlá’s calligraphic stylings and Burçak Bingöl’s ceramic sculptures for ISTANBUL’74 (A Moment in Time); Italian fashion designer Christian Pellizzari’s Genetic Variations, an imaginative piece composed of 400 “bowls” of hand-blown glass; Lauren Adriana’s ethereal Jewels of Abstraction; and four works from Neo-Expressionist artist Julian Schnabel’s iconic Capri Paintings series.

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