Glitzy launch for Asian Art in London

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Asian Art in London launch last night      Photo Paul Harris

There was a glitzy launch last night for Asian Art in London. Hundreds of art loving partygoers swilled champagne from 7 – 10pm inside London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Knightsbridge.

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Chinese entertainment at Asian Art in London launch   Photo Paul Harris

The party not only celebrated the start of Asian Art in London’s ten day programme of exhibitions, auctions and social events, but also 2015 UK-China Cultural Exchange Year. Representatives of the Chinese government were present but only one artist was in evidence: Mr Chen Dapeng, the Shanghai sculptor, who was recognised in The Great Hall of the People in Beijing as representative sculptor.

Since that occasion, he has been in London exhibiting at Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair with a large 197 sq m stand. His bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II generated massive publicity worldwide earlier this week. Some journalists, none of whom had actually seen the bust, criticised his depiction of the Queen. However, the many pages of entries in the Visitors’ Book on the stand tell a rather different story. Overwhelmingly, positive, they praise the sculptor for capturing a fine likeness of the monarch.

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Chen Dapeng on his crowded stand at Olympia yesterday  Photo Khalid B

Chen Dapeng en route to Olympia via The Great Hall of the People

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Chen Dapeng in his Shanghai studio                                       Photo Paul Harris

Shanghai sculptor Chen Dapeng, who will be at Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair November 2-8 with a massive 200 sg m stand, is to stop en route to London and hold a press conference in Beijing’s top venue, The Great Hall of the People in Tianneman Square.

The press conference will be at 1030 hours next Wednesday October 28 with a live internet stream and coverage by Chinese national broadcaster CCTV. Chen Dapeng will announce that he is newly recognised by the government of the PRC as an official part of UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange.

He will also reveal the identity of the important British figure he has just finished sculpting and there may even be a physical sighting of the mystery sculpture which he will then bring to London for a press photo call at Olympia on November 2, followed by the official unveiling during the Olympia Collectors’ Preview that evening..