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500 Shades of Cool: Beijing hotel opens new gallery


Published on Oct 14, 2013

As China’s contemporary art scene continues to spread – Beijing’s 798 Art Zone is one great big splash of colour in this rainbow – Hotel Éclat Beijing is part of this zeitgeist. The hotel recently opened the designer ground floor lounge The Gallery to show their true colors.

Although the hotel and its sisters can already lay claim to being one of the artsiest lodgings in the world, this new venue ups the ante. Combining the most state-of-the-arts paintings and installations, set amongst vintage furniture, this is a multipurpose space: for coffee or snacks, for art appreciation, for a respite from Beijing’s grit and noise, or just a meditative space where you can ogle the ceiling installation by designed by Jitka Kamencova Skuhava. Made of hand-blown Lasvit red and blue glass, it’s appropriately called “Magical Abbys”.

Apart from the artworks by Chinese stalwarts such Zheng Lu and sculptures by Chen Wenling, there is the glittering gold “Trojan on Horseback,” one of the 36 Dali bronzes which can be found in and around the hotel. Proving how far ahead of the curve he always was in popular culture, Andy Warhol’s “The Giant Panda” was one of a series of ten prints created by him about endangered species in 1983.

The centerpiece of The Gallery is a major work by Zeng Fanzhi called “Untitled,” which provides a backdrop for works from renowned designers all over the globe. The variety of chair designs, including works by Maarten Baas, Bertjan Pot and Arne Jacobson almost are functional artworks.

Mendini’s Proust lounge chair covered with colorful Neo-Impressionist Pointillist-inspired textile stands out. This chair is symbolic as an icon of the 1970s Italian Radical Design movement. And don’t miss Philippe Starke’s ‘Mi Ming’ chairs as they jostle for attention beside Tom Dixon’s hip vintage red EPS chairs.

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