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Therme Art

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World-leading art, accessible to all

Therme Art is a global initiative that sees the quest for meaning as a central human need, and a key to spiritual wellbeing.

Increasingly, people seek out experiences that move, touch and surprise them. A brush with mystery has the power to transform us, to inspire a feeling of awe.

These very real moments do more than help us find meaning. They allow us, even if only for an instant, to step beyond linear time.

What matters most is the intense experience of the present, and the ability to find space to reflect on what really matters.

Therme Group’s wellbeing resorts provide a canvas unlike any gallery in the world. By introducing art into these unique spaces, Therme Art makes world-leading installations accessible and enriching for all.

Therme Art’s year-round programme includes research, events, commissions and curation working with leading artists, scientists and philosophers from around the world.

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Therme Art Project Case Studies

Franchise Freedom by Studio Drift

Franchise Freedom is a performative drone sculpture created by the Dutch artist collective Studio Drift. The artwork takes the form of hundreds of algorithmically led drones programmed to replicate the movements of a flock of starlings.

Studio Drift is an artist collective established in 2007 by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. Their works occupy a unique place between disciplines such as technology, art, performance and biodesign. Key to their work are the relationships between nature, humanity and technology.

Tugunora by Francis Kéré

Tugunora is a site-specific theatre environment commissioned by Therme Group for the 2018 Design Miami/ Talks Theatre. Consisting of modular wooden seating elements, Kéré’s design is a democratic one, inviting active participation from all gathered across its various platforms.

Francis Kéré has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods. His architectural practice has been recognised nationally and internationally.

Serpentine Pavilio 2018 by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo draws inspiration from the Prime Meridian and the domestic architecture of her home country. The Pavilion emphasises the movement of light and shadow, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the day’s passing.

Frida Escobedo is a Mexican architect. In 2008, she was selected for the Young Architects Forum organized by the Architectural League in New York. From 2007 to 2010 she was teaching design at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami

Consisting of a complex arrangement of slates, the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by Japanese Architect Junya Ishigami forms a single canopy and represents the union of man-made and natural worlds, embodying an insistent call to rethink design and architecture’s role in contemporary urban life.

Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect, who is one of the innovative voices in contemporary design. Junya Ishigami ’s works includes a large number of successful public and private buildings, such as the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, the Japanese Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture and the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion.

The Mother by Egill Sæbjörnsson

The Mother is an immersive water-based sculpture by Icelandic multimedia artist Egill Sæbjörnsson. Featuring projected video animation throughout its interior, the twelve-meter, dome-shaped installation will be a multi-sensory spectacle of water, sound and video, exploring the symbiotic relationship between man and nature.

The Berlin-based Icelandic artist and musician is interested in the connection between mental and physical reality. He is best known for his video installations and performance / music-based activities.

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Leadership Team
Mikolaj Sekutowicz
CEO and Curator

Mikolaj Sekutowicz

CEO and Curator

Mikolaj is Vice President responsible for Strategic Development and Culture at Therme Group. In his role as Curator and CEO of Therme Group’s cultural program, Mikolaj is instrumental in the creation of a global debate about culture, sustainability and the future of urban development.

After studying philosophy and sociology in Hamburg, Mikolaj completed training as a lawyer at Berlin’s Humboldt University. In 2009, he joined the German Wund Group and was responsible for the company’s expansion as the partner and personal representative of the founder, Mr. Josef Wund. Mikolaj has served on the board of Therme Group since its creation, overseeing business strategy and culture and developing the company’s entry into the North American market, among others.

Mikolaj initiated Therme Group’s cultural component, Therme Art. The role of Therme Art is to design and catalyze a debate about art, architecture, sustainability, and the future of city planning. This venture has been hugely successful, leading to a global calendar of talks and discussions that have taken place at Design Miami/ and at the Venice Biennale (as the main sponsor of the British Council), as well as being a lead sponsor of the Serpentine Galleries’ art and architecture program and Frieze Academy’s Art and Architecture conference. Mikolaj has also initiated and overseen the creation of an advisory board comprising of some of the most well-regarded figures from the fields of art and design and has developed partnerships with prominent institutions worldwide.  

Heiko Michels
Cultural Researcher

Heiko Michels

Cultural Researcher

Heiko chronicles Therme Art’s development and conceptual evolution, delving in deep with his research in order to implement and expand upon the program’s current concepts.

As Cultural Researcher, Heiko draws from his breadth of knowledge and close proximity to innovative concepts in the fields of science, ecology and architecture to propose programming for Therme Art, helping to root the programme in a scientific grounding. 

Konrad Schorlemmer
Project Manager

Konrad Schorlemmer

Project Manager

As a Project Manager at Therme Art, Konrad conducts operational oversight of our artist commissions, from installation and fabrication to on-site management of site-specific works. Konrad works directly with our artists to help them realise their visions. He worked closely with Francis Kéré on the commission of the Tugunora installation during Design Miami/ 2018 and with Icelandic artist Egill Sæbjornsson on the commission of The Mother for Therme Group’s Bucharest facility.

Konrad has worked at Sprindler & Klatt and Kirk Royal Berlin and studied Industrial Design at Universität der Künste.

 

Dr. Rebecca O’Dwyer
Head of Curatorial Research and Publications

Dr. Rebecca O’Dwyer

Head of Curatorial Research and Publications

As Head of Curatorial Research and Publications at Therme Art, Rebecca is responsible for researching and effectively communicating its projects and artists, along with its curatorial vision.

Trained in both Sculpture and Contemporary Art Theory, she holds a PhD from the Department of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, and writes freelance for a range of prominent contemporary art journals including Art Review, Apollo and Source Photographic Review.

Previously she was Founding Editor of the online contemporary art writing website, Response to a Request.

Sara Faraj
Secretary of Therme Art Advisory Board

Sara Faraj

Secretary of Therme Art Advisory Board

Born in Poland, Sara studied psychology in Warsaw before her passion for art led to art management studies in New York. 

Following this, Sara worked in the development of an influential UAE-based art fund. This art market experience has proven vital since joining Therme Art in 2017. Tapping into her vast experience and network, Sara has overseen the development of the integral Art Advisory Board, which she continues to serve on as Secretary. 

Alongside this work, Sara is active in coordinating the year-long calendar of Therme Forums and workshops, for which she has led events during Design Miami/, the Venice Architecture Biennale and Frieze New York.

Shelby Seu
Head of Programming

Shelby Seu

Head of Programming

Drawing from her previous experience in international Contemporary Art galleries, Shelby Seu assists with Therme Art’s key collaborations, accounts, curators and artists. She organises the initiative’s programming and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of Therme Art, overseeing the Berlin-based team to ensure complete project success.

Shelby received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College in London. She has also completed programs at Yale University and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Yi Weihua
Executive Commissions Curator

Yi Weihua

Executive Commissions Curator

Yi Weihua is Therme Art’s Executive Commissions Curator and has accumulated extensive experience throughout her career in consulting artist commissions, working closely with artists, designers, architects and creative landscape designers to realise public projects.

She previously worked for the global design firm UAP as their Design Lead, working internationally from their Shanghai, Brisbane, and New York offices. 

Her strong academic background includes a BFA of Public Art at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, followed by an MFA of Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus Universität in Weimar.