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Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative
Discover Rolex Mentors and Protégés, an initiative to develop constructive dialogues among artists from different generations, cultures and disciplines.

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts initiative

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The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative brings artistic masters from seven disciplines together with highly promising young artists for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since its launch in 2002, the programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, fulfilling its aim to make a significant contribution to global culture.

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Behind every great artist is a great artist

PETER ZUMTHOR & GLORIA CABRAL

Mentor & Protégée, Architecture

For Peter Zumthor, Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral’s designs reveal an original spirit. “In Gloria’s work and attitude I sense a keen interest in the physical experience of architecture, which made it exciting for me to collaborate with her,” he says.

Peter Zumthor & Gloria Cabral
Olafur Eliasson & Sammy Baloji

OLAFUR ELIASSON & SAMMY BALOJI

Mentor & Protégé, Visual arts

For photographer Sammy Baloji, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the experience of working with Olafur Eliasson opened his eyes to other forms of artistic expression. “I was inspired simply by seeing his studio,” he says.

ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU & TOM SHOVAL

ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU & TOM SHOVAL

Mentor & Protégé, Film

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Kaija Saariaho & Vasco Mendonça

KAIJA SAARIAHO & VASCO MENDONÇA

Mentor & Protégé, Music

Composer Kaija Saariaho will help Portugal’s Vasco Mendonça to develop his musical personality, technique and understanding, giving him the right ingredients to advance his artistic expression.

JENNIFER TIPTON & SEBASTIÁN SOLÓRZANO RODRÍGUEZ

Mentor & Protégé, Theatre

“Light is volume,” says Jennifer Tipton, who believes that mentors can have a lifelong effect. “I’m curious to learn about Jennifer’s creative process… how she enters into discussions with directors, actors and dancers," says her Mexican protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez.

Jennifer Tipton & Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez
Michael Ondaatje & Miroslav Penkov

MICHAEL ONDAATJE & MIROSLAV PENKOV

Mentor & Protégé, Literature

Michael Ondaatje says that having a mentor to warn about the dangers of easy victories is essential for a young writer. His Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov deeply valued Ondaatje’s advice as he worked on his first novel.

ALEXEI RATMANSKY & MYLES THATCHER

Mentor & Protégé, Dance

For American dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher, the opportunity to be mentored by Alexei Ratmansky is extraordinary. “Most new choreographers are trying to tweak a trend, but Alexei is inspired by what’s at the heart of classical ballet,” he says.

Alexei Ratmansky & Myles Thatcher

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