EAST MEETS WEST
ASIAN ART AT DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR
LAUNCH PARTY HIGHLIGHTS
International collectors, art-lovers and top designers came together at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for a spectacular evening to celebrate the opening of the East Meets West exhibition. Honouring the influence of Asian culture, art and creativity, the stylish crowd of influencers from Europe and Asia enjoyed a parade of performances including stilt-walkers in vibrant costumes, a traditional fan dance and a Chinese silk string quartet. For centuries, Eastern style has caught the imagination of the West. The exhibition, in association with Asian Art in London, features a colourful selection of work by contemporary Chinese artists, represented by ArtChina, working in mixed media, modern ceramics, landscape painting and folding prints. Contemporary Japanese artists, represented by Kamal Bakhshi, show a dynamic range of works from colourful murals to abstract woodcuts and block prints. Using a broad sweep of decorative influences – from calligraphy sets to Samurai armour, exquisite porcelain and paintings – Antiques Young Guns and supporters show ancient artefacts and the timeless appeal of the Eastern aesthetic. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s famous architecture provided the perfect backdrop for a stunning aerial installation of red lanterns, symbolic of luck and prosperity, while a magnificent life-size elephant featuring a montage of Eastern-inspired wallcoverings brought into focus the exhibition’s themes of East meets West.