Hongkong Land and McNamara Art Projects presented a major public art initiative to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.
A series of 25 significant sculptures by the British artist Lynn Chadwick were on view across Hongkong Land’s portfolio in Central. The show presented unprecedented access to canonical artworks by this leading British post-war sculptor, known for his energetic and archetypal style. The collection, ranging from the diminutive to the monumental, was accompanied by a thoughtful educational programme encompassing complimentary art tours to students and the public.
Chadwick (1914-2003) is internationally renowned for his evolving series of metal sculptures, which habitually reference corporeal forms found in nature. The exhibition encompasses an impressive range of works developed over five decades, from early steel rod sculptures, to late figurative cast bronzes and reflective steel sheet beasts. A total of 19 sculptures, including two of Chadwick’s most important works, Three Elektras and Crouching Beast, were on display in the main exhibition area at The Rotunda of Exchange Square, and six monumental pieces at other prominent locations.
One of the artist’s most celebrated works, Sitting Couple, was showcased at the Open Plaza of Exchange Square. Although Chadwick revisited this theme over 50 times throughout his career, no two sculptures are identical. Here, the vitality of the human form is captured through balanced tensions, as the pair sit majestic, but apart, mirroring the body language of their counterpart. Other pieces on view included Stairs at Jardine House, Diamond at Chater House, Beast Alerted II and Lion II at Alexandra House, and High Hat Man and Woman at Landmark Atrium.
Co-presented by Hongkong Land and McNamara Art Projects, this exhibition poetically brought the works of Chadwick back to Hongkong Land, after his first show at The Rotunda of Exchange Square 24 years ago. It ran from 14th March – 15th April 2016, and selected monumental pieces will remain until September 2016.
Date: 14th March – 15th April 2016
Venues: The Rotunda and Open Plaza of Exchange Square, Jardine House, Chater House, Landmark Alexandra and Landmark Atrium in Central
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