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The Peninsula Shanghai Unveils Monumental Sculpture by Ira Reines

October 30, 2015
The Peninsula Shanghai Unveils Monumental Sculpture by Ira Reines
On Friday, 30 October, invited guests walked the a red carpet to attend the gala opening ceremony of The Peninsula Shanghai’s second annual Fine Sculpture Art Exhibition. Co-hosted with California-based Galerie Simard Bilodeau, the ceremony featured the unveiling of The Three Graces, a bronze sculpture by acclaimed sculptor Ira Reines, for permanent display in The Lobby.

The Three Graces combines three partially formed figures representing Faith, Hope and Charity. Sculpted by Ira Reines especially for the hotel, it reflects the shared artistic origins of the hotel and its creator. The Peninsula Shanghai draws its design inspiration from the 1920s Art Deco movement, and the father of Art Deco, Erté, was Ira Reines’ creative mentor. 

During the gala reception, guests enjoyed Champagne and hors-d’oeuvres, while watching a video of Ira Reines and Loni Anderson, his muse, at work. The ceremony began with a speech by Joseph Chong, General Manager and Managing Director of The Peninsula Shanghai Complex. Eve-Marie Bilodeau and Guy Simard, the owners of Galerie Simard Bilodeau, were presented on stage, and art curator Daniel Winn also gave a speech. Ira Reines and Loni Anderson then took to the stage to discuss their work. Afterwards, guests were treated to a stunning performance by nationally renowned female opera singer Wang Wei Qian.

Hosted in the New York Room, The Peninsula Shanghai’s Fine Sculpture Art Exhibition showcases sculptural artworks by North American master sculptors. Running until 31 March 2016, the show gives local art enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to view and purchase a selection of Galerie Simard Bilodeau’s peerless collection of sculptures and installations. 

Visitors to the exhibition will also want to view The Three Graces, by Ira Reines. Born in New York, Ira Reines began sculpting at the age of five, and later founded the Sculptural Etherealism movement. His bronze and Lucite sculptures depict intricately formed figures of near-perfect beauty in poses of extreme balance. His works can be found at leading art institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His muse for The Three Graces sculpture is American actress, TV producer and fine art collector, Loni Anderson.