Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017

Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017. The Peace Hotel is one of the oldest landmarks of its kind in Shanghai; a series of elegant buildings first financed by Victor Sasson and overlooking the city’s historic Bund area. When the World Expo opened in China’s largest city in 2010, it’s South Building experienced something of a renaissance. It is here that Swatch opened The Swatch Art Peace Hotel. Furthering its commitment to support and celebrate contemporary art, the Swiss watch brand offers artists from around the world the use of 18 workshops and apartments as part of art Artist residency program overseen by a selection committee that includes both collectors and industry names, from Kering Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault to actor George Clooney. Working from The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, chosen artists are afforded the luxury to work from their own catered studios, whilst experiencing Shanghai first hand. One of the most recent residents was Cédric Van Parys. Born in Belgium, Van Parys studied architecture and at Central Saint Martins, before working as a set designer for brand including Prada. During his Shanghai tenure, Van Parys found inspiration in the city’s urban landscape, a combination of modern progress and traditions. ” The first thing I really noticed were the weird sculptures on top of the skyscrapers; all these really strange structures”, Van Parys told Carlo Giordanetti, since 2012 the Creative Director of Swatch. “I was thinking, ‘why are they there?’

Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017 installation Scale models of Shanghai monuments, recreates 25 of the small structures he spotted atop skyscrapers whilst walking the city. “I couldn’t choose ,they were too many”, he says, remembering his first impression of the idiosyncratic practice of building small, dwelling-like sculptures on the roofs of high rises. “I was driving through cities on the motorbike all the time; there is a huge difference between each district in the city and they are almost communities in it-self. So, I try to present one of those moments per district and that is why there are 25”.

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Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
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Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017
Cédric Van Parys Venice Biennale 2017