Many hotels house original works of art. However, the St. Regis in Singapore is a class apart. Credit for the art works within the hotel goes to Cecilia Kwek, wife of St. Regis owner Kwek Leng Beng. According to a hotel spokesperson, Kwek decorated the hotel as though it were her own home. Kwek bought most of the artwork over a period of six years prior to the 2007 opening of the St. Regis. Since then, she has continued shopping for works of art for the hotel, which now houses over 80 original pieces.
Among the artworks on display is Pablo Picasso’s 1960 ‘Toros Series’, which finds pride of place within the Astor Bar. Spanish bullfighting is the theme of this series of 10 ink-on-paper lithographs.
Columbian artist Fernando Botero has two well-known pieces on display. His ‘Reclining Woman’ stands at the hotel entrance, while his 2005 work ‘Dancing Nude Couple’ is displayed outside the John Jacob Ballroom. At the Grand Entrance stands a Frank Gehry glasswork of two small fish sculptures.
Fans of contemporary art would love Jasper Johns’ news headline-using screen print ‘Happy Chopsticks’ (1977) within the Yan Ting restaurant. There is also Russian painter Marc Chagall’s ‘Les Renoncules’, comfortably ensconced in the Presidential Suite.
Also featured are Asian artists. By the poolside you will find ‘Float to Sukhavati’, Li Chen’s sculpture of a Buddha lying on a cloud. Within the lobby is Georgette Chen’s ‘Scene from Peking’, a Nanyang-style painting using Western methods and Eastern themes.
Incidentally, the hotel’s staff is trained to give visitors a private half-hour tour of the artworks.
Via: WSJ Blogs