We recently celebrated our Manhattan debut at the famous Artexpo, the world’s largest fine art marketplace with our friend, award-winning international artist Albrecht Behmel and some selected guests at Kurt Gutenbrunner’s iconic New York restaurant Blaue Gans (‘Blue Goose’).
Continuing our ‘Drinks & Art theme’, or, as we like to call it, ‘Neuschwansteiner & Art’, we enjoyed fabulous times with Albrecht at Chateau Savant celebrating a glorious opening during this year’s Cannes film festival.
Situated on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the legendary bay area of Cannes, filled with luxury yachts more than usual due to the festival’s 70th anniversary, the chateau hosted a private ten day event for creative minds.
Our friend Albrecht Behmel showed one of his new works, the – yet unpublished – Sugarman which is based on the story of singer Rodriguez of South African fame and the 2012 documentary film “Searching for Sugarman”.
The large double canvas, a diptych, symbolises the two lives of the musician who was famous without realizing it. So famous in fact, that Rodriguez outsold the Beatles for years.
Albrecht Behmel and his wife, international bestselling writer Afraa Zammam, donated two other pieces of his latest series to support amfAR, as did the other artists present at the chateau and photographer Timothy White who donated large black and white photographs of Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor and Nicole Kidman.
The party really got going when Julian Lennon, film director Scott Mann (The Tournament), Grammy winner Dominic Fallacaro, Juanes and singing attorney Andrew Mancilla met with producers Cassian Elwes, the heads of HBO and IMBD, amfAR and Robin Bronk of The Creative Coalition as well as award-winning film business writer Joseph N. Cohen and the Haas Brothers, who, like Albrecht, have family roots in the Black Forest.
“We sure hope to help bring Neuschwansteiner to Los Angeles and Cannes, next year”, Tony Mancilla and Adam Faze, organisers and founders of Savant said with a twinkle in their eyes, “this beautiful bottle deserves the southern sun – and us.”
Stay tuned for more news and upcoming “Neuschwansteiner & Art”-events.