SOMMET. Winter Salon of Art.
February 2020. St. Moritz.
The mission of SOMMET is to create an innovative environment where collectors, gallerists and artists can converge in an intimate space which encourages contact and conversation. It is a presentation of a select group of art galleries exhibiting carefully considered programmes to an international group of discerning collectors. The Salon will take place from February 7 to February 10, 2020 at the Heritage Trains Depot - Club 1889 in Samedan. We present SOMMET as the cornerstone of an Art Collector’s week in the Engadin Valley (St. Moritz), featuring a unique programme of collateral events.
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Heritage Trains Depot - Club 1889,
Samedan - Engadine Valley,
privacy Photo courtesy: Upper Engadine Cultural Archives in Samedan, Switzerland
WILL RAMSAY, FOUNDER
Will Ramsay, Founder of SOMMET, has launched several successful art fairs over 20 years. Will was co–founder of ART HK (now ArtBasel in HK, for which he was a Board Member for three years), a co-owner of India Art Fair and now is co-founder of Taipei Dangdai and Art Central Hong Kong. In 1999, he started Ramsay Fairs, the biggest art fair organizer in the world which runs 15 art fairs a year, including PULSE Miami Beach and Affordable Art Fairs across Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. Raised and still based in Scotland, he received a BA at Newcastle University then served in the British Army, before setting up his London gallery, now in its 23rd year. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Vice-Chair of Scotland In Union.
NINA STRICKER, PROJECT DIRECTOR
Nina Stricker, after directing various art fairs in Bolzano and Milan, is now General Project Director of SOMMET also overseeing production and coordinating fair operations. Raised in the confining North Italian region of South Tyrol, she studied art history at the University of Perugia in Umbria and perceived a specialization in Arts and Heritage Management at Luiss Business School in Rome. In the last fifteen years, she has gained expertise that ranges from production to marketing and event management for classical music festivals, museums and a variety of cultural and social events.
SARA POLLEDRI, FAIR MANAGER
Sara Polledri, based in Milan, is working as marketing director and Galleries and VIPs Liaison for SOMMET. After a MSc in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Entertainment at Bocconi University in Milan, she specialized in contemporary art markets. In the past years, Sara had the opportunity to work at various art institutions such as Petzel Gallery in New York, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Christie’s London, Fine Art Auction Miami and Galleria Raffaella Cortese in Milan. Sara is teaching assistant at Bocconi University and she collaborates with various non-profit cultural projects.
GIORGIO PACE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Giorgio Pace is the creative director of SOMMET and he is currently establishing the design showcase Nomad which takes place yearly in multiple locations in Europe. He started his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has since worked with institutions like the Venice Biennale, the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Dia Foundation, the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts and others. After working in publishing to launch V Magazine, VMAN and CR Fashion Book he put his knowledge of art and business development together to launch a creative consultancy connecting luxury brands with art and culture enterprises.
JILL CAPOBIANCO, PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR
Jill Capobianco is the Director of Partnership and Sponsorships development for SOMMET. With a degree in Art History from Smith College, she has over thirty years involvement in the international art sector. Her experience ranges from Old Masters through Modern and Contemporary art and has held positions of senior sales and directorships with galleries Haboldt & Co, Noortman, Annely Juda Fine Art and White Cube. She has also worked in Development with Sotheby’s, TATE Museums and was Deputy Director of Artists’ Space, NY. Jill continues to support several not-for-profit arts organizations and to advise private clients on their art collections.