Masterful Sculptures and Artworks
Striking North American sculptural works were on show at The Peninsula Shanghai in late October and early November, as the hotel hosted a fine art exhibition. The two-week show at The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge was curated by Guy Simard and Eve-Marie Bilodeau, proprietors of Galerie Simard Bilodeau in California and Montreal, and presented bronze sculptures and original paintings by acclaimed North American artists.
The exhibition gave Shanghai’s art enthusiasts and collectors a rare opportunity to view a part of Galerie Simard Bilodeau’s innovative collection of sculptures, sculptural installations and paintings – and reinforced the reputation of The Peninsula Shanghai and the surrounding Waitanyuan District as a unique destination for heritage, arts and culture in China’s vibrant east coast metropolis.
Among the fine artworks on display were bronze sculptures by M.L. Snowden, a protégé of Auguste Rodin, the most prominent sculptor of early 20th century Europe and best known for his iconic sculpture The Thinker. M.L. Snowden’s style of platinum-toned patina derived from the Fournier Foundry in Paris during Rodin’s lifetime gives her sculptures an indefinable energy. Also featured were eye-catching sculptures by Ira Reines, the founder of the Sculptural Etherealism movement.
An exclusive opening reception and private viewing for invited guests was held on Friday, 24 October, and the show was open to the public from 25 October to 9 November. During the opening ceremony, a bronze sculpture entitled Recevoir – which has been valued at RMB 12.5 million – by Canadian artist André Desjardins was unveiled. This monumental artwork has been donated to The Shanghai Charity Foundation, and will be permanently exhibited at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai.