It may seem a little strange to head towards a hotel to look at artwork, but the Ritz-Carlton is no ordinary hotel.
The three-ton Cornucopia sculpture by Frank Stella is not only a heavy welcome by the hotel but also one of Asia's finest
sculptures. The majority of the pieces were specially commissioned for the public spaces and guest suites.
The collection also includes pieces of Andy Warhol as well as David Hockney, Rainer Gross and Henry Moore.
It's all free to view, and you even get an iPod-guided tour if you deposit an ID-card at the concierge desk.
Zhu Wei was born in China in 1966. Zhu Wei received informal training in art practices as a young child
at the Beijing Children's Palace. He joined the People's Liberation Army in 1982 and in 1989, graduated
from the art College of the P.L.A. He then left and established his own art studio in Beijing in 1992.
Since "The Story of Beijing", his first one-man exhibition in 1994, Zhu Wei's success and acceptance
as an artist has made him most prominent contemporary Chinese artists.
Frank Stella was born in 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Princeton University and after a
year, rose to fame with seminal exhibition of his "Black Paintings" of 1959 and 1960 at the Museum
of moder art, New York. Approximately a decade later, Stella began to explore the huge explosions of colour that
the contemporary generation now recognise him for. Bright colours, metallic paint and a shaped canvases in
cultural forms define Stellas's work.
John Rose was born in England. He lived and travelled extensively through SEA before moving to Los Angeles.
Dale Chihuly was born on September 20th in 1941 in Tacom, Washington, USA. He studied at the College of Puget Sound and
tranferred to the University of Washington to study interior design and architecture. At the age of 20, he learnt to melt
and fuse glass and by 1965, blew his first glas bubble .
Nyoman Gunarsa was born in 1944 in Bali, Indonesia. He graduated at the Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts in Yohjakarta.
His works are stronly influenced by the Hindu Dharma as well as Balinese folklore and coulture. He started two museums. One
is the Museum Seni Lukis Kontemporer Indonesia for contemporary works and the other is the Museum Seni Lukis Klasik Bali
for classical art in his hometown, Banda in klungkung.
Henry Moore was born on July 30th in 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire, England. At the age of 11 he got inspired by Renaissance master Michaelangelo
Buonarroti and decided to become a sculptor. After Army-service (World War I) he enrolled in the Leeds School of Art.
David Hockney was born in 1937 in Bradford, England. He attended the london's Royal College of Art.
In 1962 he won the college's gold medal and went to have a solo exhibition with the dealer John Kasmin.
Malcom Morley was born in the year 1931 in North London, England. At the age of 15 he left home in order to follow his passion :
Pursue the sea. Soon thereafter he discouvered his talent for art making. His early repertoire was filled mostly with
abstract paintings about the sea. In 1958 he moved to New York and had his first exhibition in 1964.
Rainer Gross was born in 1951 in Cologne, Germany. He studied at the Cologne Academy of Fine Arts between 1971 and 1973
and moved then to New York in 1975 where he currently resides and works.
Tay Bak Koi
Tay Bak Koi was born in 1933 in Singapore. Tay Bak Koi was one of Singapore's most renowned artists. A graduate of the
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1960, Tay was trained by teachers greatly influenced by the School of Paris in the
first quarter of the 20th cebtury.
Robert Motherwell was born in 1915 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA. He studied in Stanford, Harvard and Columbia University.
He was one of the foremost representatives of Abstract Expressionism alongside Jackson Pollock and Williem de Kooning.
Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He studied commercial art at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.
As the epitome of Pop Art, the American painter and filmmaker was a succesful commercial artist before he resolved to establish his name as a painter in the early 1960's.
Warhol's distictive approach and style of recycling images of tabloid newspapers, products of consumer society, photographs of accidents, disasters and celebrities
truly revolutionised art.