Superyachting events don’t often take place on dry land. But, when the first ever international SuperYacht Gallery event opened earlier this month, it dropped anchor in quite the venue – the Saatchi Gallery in London.
In this famed cultural centre, the first ever gallery exhibition dedicated entirely to artwork produced of superyachts took place. Open to the general public for a few days only, the unveiling kicked off with an exclusive VIP preview, which saw superyacht owners, designers, art collectors, VIPs and ultra-high net worth yacht enthusiasts come together in celebration of some of the world’s most stunning yachts.
Merijn De Waard and Marijn Smit were the men at the helm of the project, and have been working closely since they met a decade ago. At the time, Smit was working with a Dutch shipyard, and De Waard was pioneering his publication, the Superyacht Times. As such, the two had the perfect jumping off point to bring yachts and art together in a way never before seen.
Highlights from the exhibition include the renowned superyacht designer Espen Oeino live-sketching, 180 degree floor-to-ceiling immersive video projection by Breed Media, one-of-a-kind photography and commissioned artwork available throughout the SuperYacht Gallery – not to mention rare photographs from the superyacht owners presented exclusively for the exhibition.
The exhibition is the first of its kind for the industry, and the seven different themed exhibition areas, with themed-rooms including: a Business of Yachting gallery, Imagination, Craftsmanship, Innovation, Exploration, Lifestyle and Performance, were incredibly well-received across the board.
Of the exhibition, Merijn de Waard, founder and director of SuperYacht Gallery said: “We are thrilled to bring to London the world of yachting. It is a business and a lifestyle unfamiliar to most but of interest to many.
‘I wanted to make the subject accessible and not only to insiders. To welcome those who want to learn about the brands or the business, but also those who want simply to get inspired. We designed a format that is familiar to the audience: an art exhibition”
For more information, visit SuperYacht Gallery here.