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Michael Craig-Martin's "Bright Idea" Lights Up Hong Kong

April 25, 2017
This year marks the fourth edition of ""Love Art at The Peninsula"" – the hotel's lauded initiative that champions public art through site-specific works, exciting events, and partnerships. For the 2017 Peninsula Commission, The Peninsula Hong Kong welcomed the Irish-born artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, for the third year in collaboration with Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts. Unveiling a brand new sculptural work entitled ""Bright Idea"" on 20 March to the press, public and the art world, the work will remain on display until 31 May 2017. Coinciding with the fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, this striking, site-specific work by Craig-Martin appears to emerge from the iconic fountain in The Peninsula’s forecourt - a 4-metre-high bright yellow lightbulb, fabricated from powder-coated, high tensile steel.
An exhibition of seven new paintings featuring fragmented of everyday objects, including a Mies van der Rohe chair, a Ferrari steering wheel, the base of an LED lightbulb, and the earphone of a headset by the artist, featured in the hotel’s first floor exhibition space, offers further opportunities to engage with Craig-Martin’s extraordinary works.

On March 20, his brand new sculptural work, entitled ""Bright Idea 2016"" was revealed in The Peninsula’s Fountain at an exclusive press launch. Highlighting the artist’s career-long devotion to crafting new perspectives for everyday objects, as part of Love Art’s undertaking to promote public art in the city, the hotel partnered with the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Hong Kong, to bring a groundbreaking talk to both its student body and the public alike. Introduced by the Faculty's Dean, Derek Collins, with Sir Craig-Martin also discussed his influential work and career at the forefront of contemporary art, in conversation with the RA's Artistic Director Tim Marlow, at Hong Kong University on 20 March.  

On the morning of 21 March, the hotel opened its Garden Suite to an intimate session with the artist and Tim Marlow of the RA at the VIP Artist Talk, where Craig-Martin held the audience in thrall with fascinating anecdotes about The Peninsula Commission, as well as his distinguished career.
Love Art at The Peninsula 2017 Gala Dinner
On the evening of Wednesday, 22 March the crescendo of Love Art at The Peninsula 2017 saw the art world glitterati out in force to honour Michael Craig-Martin at The Peninsula Art Gala. Held in the hotel's iconic Lobby, a glamorous cocktail reception saw guests enjoying the new Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs Champagne and exquisite canapés served amid the vibrant throng, accompanied by a live band. In the midst of a delectable banquet including Duck liver “en torchon” with grapes and moscato jelly; Roasted MSC-certified French John Dory fillet with San Marzano tomato concassé and basil salsa; and Bresse chicken “fricassée” with fresh morels and Pertuis asparagus, and ""Bright Idea"" reimagined as a dessert.

Addressing the audience of distinguished art world guests, Tim Marlow of the RA payed homage to Craig-Martin as a Royal Academician and to this year's Peninsula Commission; paving the way for a fascinating discourse between the Financial Times' Arts Editor, Jan Dalley, and the venerable artist himself. 

The public can continue to engage with Craig-Martin's works at The Peninsula Hong Kong until 31 May 2017. 

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