Kuznetsov, who was in Singapore for the fair, added: “It’s incredibly valuable for us to find like-minded people and we’re grateful that we can expand our audience through this partnership with MB&F and The Hour Glass. Each exhibition is an opportunity to convey our sense of inner freedom through our objects, which work better than a thousand words. This way, we can convey our emotions, stories and who we are – free people with a powerful culture and great potential for creativity.”
Judging from the crowd that gathered at the booth, the allure of these mechanical marvels was undeniable (we were told that Hover was sold right after the fair’s private preview). But the aim of the alliance between The Hour Glass and MB&F for the event was simple: To bring to ART SG a taste of the world’s first MB&F Lab – launched in partnership with the watch retailer – that opened in Raffles Singapore in 2022. An extension of the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, it boasts a hybrid retail experience in an intimate setting that showcases MB&F Machines alongside a curation of mechanical artworks. Michael Tay, group managing director of The Hour Glass said: “Together with MB&F Lab, we take immense pride in expanding the conversation surrounding kinetic art by exhibiting the works of Smith & Winken for the first time in Asia.”
A trailblazer in the horological and design spheres, MB&F’s founder Maximilian Busser recognised a kindred spirit in the artistic pair’s creative ethos. “When I first discovered Smith & Winken, I was irresistibly attracted and intrigued by their work. Their beautiful blend of mechanical and organic, analogue and technological, retro and futuristic, instantly resonated with me,” he recalled. This meeting of creative minds led to the display of five Endless Movement artworks at the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva.