Emotions: Sudaporn Teja et la Sculpture Khmère
Art District Gallery, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris
5 – 29 March, 2015
Galerie Jean-François Cazeau
7 April – 20 May, 2015
The Raffles group has been in Asia for 128 years, with the opening of the Raffles Hotel Singapore, the most legendary hotel in the Far East. It is also present in Cambodia, China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Each hotel is an oasis of tranquility and charm at the crossroads of a civilisation. Each establishment offers a unique and carefully thought out destination.
For the exhibition « Angkor : Birth of a myth – Louis Delaporte and Cambodia » at the Musée Guimet in Paris, the Galerie Jean-François Cazeau organized an encounter between Khmer Art and Modern Art with a selection of Khmer sculptures and the work of the artist André Masson. From 5th to 29th March, in collaboration with the Thaillywood Foundation, a non-profit, independent body founded by Marie and Hugues Taittinger, and the Raffles Group who own two leading hotels in Cambodia : the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh and the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, the Galerie Jean-François Cazeau has organized, in the Art Gallery of the Royal Monceau Raffles in Paris, an encounter between Khmer Art and Contemporary Art with a selection of sculptures that are representative of the Bayon and Angkor Wat styles, and the abstract work of Sudaporn Teja, a young Thai artist, resident at the Thaillywood Artist Residency.
Talking about Art in the singular almost seems to be poor grammar, as the notion of Art nowadays is multiple and complex. There are also multiple ways of showcasing Art, to better anchor it to our societies. New Art spaces have naturally taken over from museums, galleries and temporary exhibition spaces. Luxury hotels are now part of these privileged spaces which allow Art into our daily lives.
Some hotel owners, who are attentive to the aspirations of an increasingly global clientele who wish to differentiate themselves, now offer the privilege of a prolonged esthetic experience ; to be able to spend long periods of time in the company of the greatest names in art. Renowned and emerging contemporary artists are exhibited in hotel lobbies and restaurants. Entire rooms are often set aside where temporary exhibitions are held one after the other. This movement will only grow. One only has to look at the impressive increase in international art fairs, almost 200 throughout the world : Bâle, Paris, Miami, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Milan, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo, Beirut, Shanghai, Dubaï, Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Istanbul etc. Wealthy collectors, well-informed connoisseurs, renowned gallery owners, star artists, and among them, new market players from the Gulf, China and Russia, all travel the world wherever there are fairs and biennales, all looking for luxury and arty hotels to prolong and enrich this experience.
In Paris, the Royal Monceau Raffles hotel is the most involved in Art. Art is an integral part of the hotel. It is everywhere. It can be found in its musical form with guitars in the bedrooms (many international musicians like to stay here). But also in its cinematographic form with the beautiful private Katara Cinema, which regularly screens films for hotel clientele. Finally, in its visual form through works commissioned for the Royal Monceau and hung in its suites and public spaces. The artistic concept is very successful at the Royal Monceau where Philippe Starck, who totally revamped the hotel artistically before it reopened in 2010, even thought to create the unique position of Art Concierge. There are two dedicated Art spaces in the hotel, the Art Bookshop which offers visitors numerous books and objects for sale, as well as the Art District Gallery. The Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is an innovator in the world of Parisian luxury hotels, offering an establishment that is somewhere between the Parisian salons and an art residency, allowing it to really stand out in terms of client experience.
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Text and photos are in courtesy of Galerie Jean-François Cazeau.