Celebrating its 10th year, contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, is bringing some much needed colour and positivity to 2021 with the reopening of its diverse array of art exhibitions.
Curated by Lily Ackerman from Ackerman Studios, in collaboration with 45 Park Lane, the programme will showcase works ranging from abstract painter Nat Bowen to award-winning portrait artist Curtis Holder. The series will also feature a retrospective of some of 45 Park Lane’s most popular exhibitions, marking the 10th anniversary of the hotel, featuring Lhouette, Benjamin Shine, Ewan David Eason and Raul Castillo.
In summer, 45 Park Lane will pay homage to one of London’s pre-eminent drinking clubs, ‘The Colony Room Club’, by exhibiting artwork by regulars to the popular hangout including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. A secret pop-up bar in a hidden part of 45 Park Lane will be launched to replicate the Colony Rooms, where guests can sip cocktails and converse surrounded by the famed artwork.
45 Park Lane has provided a canvas for emerging and established artists since opening in 2011. Sir Peter Blake, Bruce McLean, Patrick Hughes, Joe Tilson and Jill Berelowitz are some of the artists whose work is displayed across the guest floors, and Damien Hirsts’ Psalm series is hung throughout famed restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane.
John Scanlon, general manager of 45 Park Lane, comments: “For 10 years, 45 Park Lane has been a canvas for creativity, known for its invigorating blend of art and landmark architecture, providing exquisite comfort and extraordinary service. We look to provide inspiration and exciting experiences through our ever evolving dining initiatives and art programmes, and cannot wait to welcome our guests back to see our beautiful art exhibitions.”
Nat Bowen – Chromadelic
May 17 – June 28, 2021
British abstract artist, Nat Bowen, will bring light and colour into 45 Park Lane with her ‘Chromadelic’ exhibition. Installed on April 7th ready for the hotel reopening on May 17, the exhibition features both large scale works and Bowen’s smaller trademarked Fragments, the paintings incorporate pigments made according to historic recipes, such as the purest Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan, and contemporary neon pigments uniting the past and present through colour. The highlight will be ‘Pink Diamond’, painted especially for the exhibition to mark a decade since the opening of 45 Park Lane using natural rose petal pigment and genuine pink diamond dust set within 69 layers of resin.
Featuring artists Lhouette, Benjamin Shine, Ewan David Eason, Raul Castillo – A Retrospective
June 28 to August 30, 2021
This group exhibition focuses on the young talent fostered through our exhibition programme at 45 Park Lane. Bringing together our most outstanding alumni and showcasing them in a mixed exhibition, expect dynamism and large scale works from some of the most promising emerging artists today.
The Colony Rooms pop-up
August to November 2021
The new exhibition brought to 45 Park Lane by Dellasposa, pays homage to the ambience of the infamous Colony Room in London. Once known for attracting the most important artists from Post-War Britain - including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and the younger, contemporary artists who followed in their wake - the intimacy of the club enjoys a unique place in art history for being a safe haven for creatives and fostering an artistic community across disciplines.
A pop-up Colony Rooms bar experience within a secret corner of 45 Park Lane will allow guests the opportunity to sip cocktails and converse surrounded by famed art work.
November 3, 2021 – January 24, 2022
Drawing inspiration from the history and heritage of our hotel, Holder’s exhibition tells stories of the lost, silent moments after the party has ended while musing on the works of 20th-century artists such as Leyendecker and Michael Leonard.
Holder is an emerging artist and the winner of Sky Arts Portrait of the Year 2020. His winner’s commission of world-renowned ballet dancer Carlos Acosta hangs as part of the permanent collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery UK.
Le Meurice is proposing a guided tour following the brushstrokes of some great artists
Starting this spring, true to its history, Le Meurice – the hotel of artists and great minds –is proposing a complete immersion in the life and secrets of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, two of the greatest painters of the 19th and 20th centuries. With an exclusive walk around Paris, a passionate guide with more than ten years’ experience in the art world will carry the guests back through time drawing on historical photographs, quotations and images to reveal the origin of a variety of works and take them behind the scenes.
Thus, guests who choose to follow in the steps of Claude Monet will be able to discover the rebellious and revolutionary character that allowed him to develop his quick brushstrokes, to build a floating studio on a boat and paint previously neglected subjects from everyday life. Painted in 1876, “Les Tuileries” is an example of this, in which the master captured a view that is remarkably similar to what Le Meurice’s guests can appreciate from their balconies. The walk will come to an end at the Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries gardens, immersed in the heart of “Les Nymphéas”, the paintings that marked the bold peak of Monet’s work.
To better understand the eccentric Pablo Picasso’s canvasses, the walkers will head for Montmartre, the artists’ and bohemians’ district where it all began for the young Spaniard. During the course of this walk the guide will explain the difficulties that the young painter was faced with on his arrival in Paris before becoming one of the 20th century’s best-known artists. As the years went by, he managed to find his place and even organised his wedding breakfast in Le Meurice’s Pompadour Lounge for his marriage with Olga Khokhlova on 12 July 1918.
With this exclusive programme Le Meurice is offering its guests the opportunity to discover a unique and mysterious Paris. These experiences address everyone – curious people seeking a pleasant conversation and a stroll down the picturesque streets of Paris, lovers of Monet and Picasso wanting to draw a complete portrait of the artists and find the answers to their questions. The guide will take care to adapt the rhythm and content of the tour to suit everyone.
Τhe experience includes a one-night stay in a superior room or suite, an American breakfast and a two-hour guided walk – starting from €985 for two people.
The tours can be prolonged to one whole day or spread between two half days on request. This offer is valid subject to availability and to our terms and conditions.
Booking on +33 (0)1 87 16 44 59 or by email at réservations.LMP@dorchestercollection.com.