No Commission is a roving experiential platform organized by The Dean Collection & Bacardi to forge a direct link between art and art patronage. No Commission is designed specifically to support artists in different territories around the world.
Contemporary Berlin is a hub for prolific experimentation, the city is a convergence of radical social histories and underground creative networks that weave together to create a dynamic present. It is where transient geniuses and hometown heroes flock to find artistic freedom, rigor and enlightenment. No Commission celebrates Berlin using the city as inspiration to examine the crossroad, the intersection point.
A parallel contemplation is the Golden Era of 1920s Berlin, a time when intellectual life flourished amidst the social chaos of the inter-World War period and opportunities existed for anyone with groundbreaking ideas. Decadence of thought and action ruled while uncertainty fueled innovation and passionate politics. Indulgence commanded cabarets and nightclubs and catastrophe heightened visionary impulse.
In this spirit, No Commission Berlin artists, both emerging and established, from Africa, Europe and North America illustrate a vision of the world as they see it. Through painting, photography and prints, viewers witness the cognitive mechanics of cultural narrators who distill their memories, motivations and handiwork.
The Heliotrope Foundation, founded by artist Caledonia ‘Swoon’ Curry presents an exhibition of prints from 50 artists to be sold in support of communities recovering from social, environmental and economic crises.
No Commission Berlin is the fifth in a series of artist support collaborations. Past editions were held in Miami, New York, London and Shanghai where artworks were sold and artists retained 100% of sales proceeds. To date, No Commission has put $3 million dollars into artists’ hands.
No Commission is realized through a partnership between Bacardi, Swizz Beatz, and The Dean Collection in their continued support of cultural visionaries around the world.
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