Claridge’s art credentials are second to none. Apart from being the quintessential example of art deco interiors, the hotel has long hosted an artist-in-residence and recently even opened a bar called The Painter’s Room! But now they’ve gone one further, and opened an actual gallery. And unseen Damien Hirsts are the first artworks on show.
The Mayfair hotel has been undergoing a slow transformation in the last few months, with a brand new bar magic’d out of nowhere in the form of the blush-pink, art inspired, Painter’s Room not to mention a new restaurant in the form of L’Epicerie, a private restaurant in the hotel’s subterranean kitchens. But the addition of an art gallery, Claridge’s ArtSpace, continues the renewal. And it’s just in time for London Frieze.
As its very first exhibition, the space will exhibit a collection of work by artist Damien Hirst called ‘Sunshine’, presented by HENI. Hirst is a long-time friend of the hotel and the artworks (which can be bought using cryptocurrency, in a first) include Hirst’s pipe cleaner animals as well as his colour chart series.
The artworks include Hirst's pipe cleaner animals...
As well as crypto, the artist most associated with the ’90s YBAs will be embracing the 21st century with Tenders from The Currency, Hirst’s first NFT collection. Visitors to ‘Sunshine’ will also receive digital attendance tokens, in the form of HENI POAPs, which HENI will be issuing for the very first time.
Claridge’s ArtSpace will be accessed from the newly restored Claridge’s façade on Brooks Mews, engineered by Jim Mackey, and designed by John Pawson. Enter and descend an elegant new staircase leading down from the ground floor into the hotel’s refurbished Victorian basement, and now one of Mayfair’s latest galleries with its 4 metre ceilings and 27 metre length.
Claridge’s ArtSpace will be accessed from the newly restored Claridge’s façade on Brooks Mews...
It’s part of a grand engineering project that’s seen workers carving the clay beneath Claridge’s by hand, with the clay being used by Claridge’s favourite artists to make ceramics.
Damien Hirst said ‘I am overjoyed to be the first artist to have a show in the new ArtSpace at Claridge’s, an unbelievable new space which has come together through all the dedication and hard work of my great friend Paddy McKillen. In this special presentation for Frieze, presented by HENI, I am showing “the pipe cleaner animals”’
London Frieze begins on Wednesday 13th October and is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs...
London Frieze begins on Wednesday 13th October and is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focussed on contemporary art and living artists.
The event takes place in nearby Regent’s Park. Where better to retire after a day exploring the fair than a short cab journey to Brook Street and drinks in The Painter’s Bar at Claridge’s?