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Dubai Design Week x Apical Reform

Limited-edition kinetic art sculptures will pay tribute to MB&F M.A.D. Gallery.


Apical Reform has collaborated with MB&F M.A.D. Gallery to create two kinetic art sculptures that are inspired by the ethos of mechanical art and pay tribute to the pioneering spirit of the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

The two limited-edition mechanical art pieces entitled “Tornado” and “Stingray” embody the aesthetics of using mechanical motion and movement, to convey artistic expression and will be launched during Dubai Design Week.

A third piece entitled “Schermo” will also be on display, which pays homage to the mechanical prowess of supercars, and focuses on the play between light and movement. The limited edition art works will be on display from 12th November – 30th December 2018 at both AR Gallery by Apical Reform in d3 and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Dubai Mall.


The “Tornado” kinetic sculpture has a distinct and impactful movement created through the geometric positioning of circular metal rings. Mimicking the power and rhythmic rise and fall of one of nature’s most beautiful natural phenomena, the fluidity of a whirlpool is brought to life through precise design and engineering, where axially linked discs are set in to action, creating a seemingly endless current. A metaphor for time – cyclic and yet, ever moving – this work of kinetic art is the centerpiece of the first collaboration between Apical Reform and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Tornado is available in 88 limited edition stainless steel pieces, with a mirror finish and 88 limited edition stainless steel pieces with a black gloss finish.

“Stingray” completes the synergy between art, mathematics, mechanics and electronics. Seeking its inspiration from the mighty stingray, this abstract kinetic sculpture pays reverence to the majesty of nature and captures the beauty and trance-like movement of the stingray in slow motion. Slowly accenting each gesture and movement, the on-looker is left mesmerized by the hypnotic and trance-like movement of the stingray, while its reflective finish creates a memorable aesthetic. Stingray is available in 8 limited edition pieces (and 2 artist proofs) in charcoal grey and rose gold color.
Supercars have always held prime position at the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery and the unmistakable form of Ferrari GTO 250, Aston Martin DB5 and Lamborghini Miura 1966-1973, provided great inspiration for “Schermo”.

Transforming these iconic high performance vehicles via precise perforations on metallic plane, the final art work is a seemingly dynamic artwork, that whilst remaining static, responds to the movement of light, results in a surprising inter-play of perception, depth and dimension, leaving the onlooker surprised and captivated.

‘The MB&F M.A.D. Gallery prides itself on being a haven for kinetic art and offering a captivating universe where mechanical masterpieces reign supreme. We are very pleased to welcome Apical Reform into our world and excited to showcase their pieces, which have not only been created exclusively for our Dubai gallery, but also seamlessly fuse technical expertise with artistic flair’, said Maximilian Büsser, Founder and Curator of MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

‘Since childhood I have been fascinated by moving objects, and that fascination grew into an appreciation of horology and kinetic design. MB&F M.A.D.Gallery is a pioneering gallery within the kinetic world and we are thrilled to be working with them. I have admired them from afar and to get an insight into the mastery of their futuristic art works, that are still deeply rooted in traditional craftsmanship, is both eye-opening and a childhood dream come true’, said Amrish Patel, Founder and Principal, Apical Reform.

On display at AR Gallery by Apical Reform and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery from 12th November – 30th December 2018

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