March 2015, Hong Kong: Coinciding with this year’s Art Basel and Art Central Fairs in Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hong Kong in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will unveil a ground-breaking public art installation which will transform the hotel’s iconic Grade I-listed heritage façade.
To mark the beginning of a three-year collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, The Peninsula Hong Kong will showcase celebrated artist Richard Wilson’s ambitious sculpture ‘Hang On A Minute Lads… I’ve Got A Great Idea’ perched on the edge of the hotel’s seventh-floor Sun Terrace. The installation will be unveiled on Thursday 12thMarch 2015, and is a full-sized replica of a vintage twin-axel Harrington Legionnaire coach.
Inspired by the final line of the seminal 1969 British heist movie ‘The Italian Job’, the work will be on display until 8thApril 2015. Wilson has twice been nominated for the Turner Prize and is best known for his ingenious sculptural installations that play with space, concept and perception.
The Peninsula Hong Kong hopes that this collaboration will contribute to Hong Kong’s position in the international arts community, and the growing perception of Hong Kong as an arts hub. The hotel wishes to build upon this platform in time, and continue to work with selected artists to interact with the building in surprising and inspiring ways.
About the Work
Courtesy of the Artist and Michelle D’Souza Fine Art. Originally commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion, UK and generously supported by Eddie Izzard, the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts via the National Lottery and the Henry Moore Foundation, as part of the London 2012 Festival.
About Richard Wilson
Born in London in 1953, Richard Wilson RA is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space, which draw heavily from the worlds of engineering and construction. Twice nominated for the Turner Prize (in 1988 and 1989), his most notable works include 20:50 (1987), A Slice of Reality (2000), Turning the Place Over (2007), as well as most recently installing one of the largest public sculptures on permanent display in Europe, Slipstream (2014), at Heathrow Airport’s newly opened Terminal Two Building.
About The Royal Academy
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III of England in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programmes promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
The partnership with The Peninsula, builds on the RA’s recent collaborations with cultural and educational institutions across Asia. These have included exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, Qatar and Australia, an artist exchange programme in partnership with Hong Kong-based not-for-profit Arts in Heritage Research Limited and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and a student exchange programme with Tokyo University of the Arts. The RA has also launched an art-handling training scheme in collaboration with Art Basel Hong Kong. Prior to this, the RA launched a professional development programme for Hong Kong arts professionals in partnership with the Hong Kong government in 2012, and it has been behind a number of high-profile artist’s talks in the city over the past two years.
About The Peninsula Hotels
Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development, and management of prestigious hotels and commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula Bangkok, The Peninsula Manila, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and The Peninsula Paris. Projects under development include The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 1-5 Grosvenor Place in London, UK, and 21 Avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.
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