Monday 24 August 2015 – Media Release
A Work Of Art: Canary Wharf Welcomes Mexican Sculptures
- One Canada Square to host exhibition of contemporary Mexican sculpture as part of Mexico-UK Dual Year 2015
- Artists include well-known Mexican sculptors Yvonne Domenge, Rivelino, Paloma Torres and Jorge Yazpik
- Bank Street on Canary Wharf Estate will also showcase Yvonne Domenge’s two-metre diameter Coquino Coral 2015
Work by some of Mexico’s most admired modern sculptors will be on display in London for the first time in a free exhibition of Mexican contemporary art taking place in the lobby at One Canada Square. The exhibition will run for three weeks from Monday 24 August until Friday 11 September.
Curated by Iain Michael Brunt of www.gonemodern.com and Katrinka Wood, a specialist in Latin American art, the exhibition is part of a wider project – Contemporary Mexican Sculpture: The Vision of Four Artists – which will display recent works in bronze, resin and stone by Mexican artists Yvonne Domenge, Rivelino, Paloma Torres and Jorge Yazpik. These eye catching works will feature in prominent locations across the London, including Bank Street in the Canary Wharf Estate, to celebrate Mexico-UK Dual Year 2015. Supported by the Mexican Embassy, the project was proposed by Nuri Contreras Martret of Art4 and is sponsored by Lodgeo.
On display in One Canada Square will be smaller works by the artists, including a collection of maquettes of the monumental works that will be installed in outdoor spaces across London. The collection of works will represent Mexico’s best-known sculptors spanning many decades, as part of Canary Wharf’s ‘Sculpture at Work’ exhibition programme.
The works by the well-established sculptors represent generations between the 1940s and 1970s and aims to present pieces that encourage public reflection of different aspects of the contemporary human condition and demonstrate a variety of sculptural languages. The project also aims to showcase large-scale sculptures designed specifically for public spaces.
Details of the works on display at One Canada Square lobby by each of the artists are as follows:
Yvonne Domenge’s two-metre diameter Coquino Coral 2015 will feature on Bank Street. The fibreglass and sand evokes the beauty and fragility of coral formations. Meanwhile, her bronze sculpture Flower 2015, which will be on display at One Canada Square, has a lustrous finish, reminiscent of the beauty of nature.
In One Canada Square he is showing three works: Interior Answers XXV 2010, Playing with Fire III and Playing with Fire VII both of 2013. The youngest of the four artists, Rivelino’s themes are derived from situations or issues of public and current interest.
Two of her works are showing in One Canada Square, created in high temperature ceramic: 3 Spheres 3 Images 2010 and Totem with Urban Structures 2011. Paloma’s works are shaped by her belief that that all city spaces shape the spirit of their citizens.
His work is abstract and geometrical and is characterised by his handling of mass and the play of light, achieved by creating cracks and grooves. Three untitled works, two carved in obsidian and one in jade will be on display in One Canada Square.
For more information visit: www.canarywharf.com
Contemporary Mexican Sculpture: The Vision of Four Artists
Lobby, One Canada Square, London E14 5AB
Monday 24 August – Friday 11 September 2015
Click here to view the event leaflet
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
+44 / (0)20 7418 2326
Nabil Hanafi/Hannah Warmington
+44 / (0)20 7592 1200
NOTES TO EDITORS
Mexico UK Year Of The Arts 2015
In order to promote a better understanding between our societies, strengthen co-operation in various areas, support innovative projects and motivate business, the Governments of Mexico and the UK decided to celebrate 2015 as the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico.
Through strategic design and an interdisciplinary model, Mexico will highlight its rich history and traditions and its contribution to contemporary art in the global scene; the dynamism of its creative industries through cinema, architecture and design as well as its commitment to the emerging talents of new generations.
The programme of the Year of Mexico in the UK includes more than 130 activities, including exhibitions, concerts, seminars, workshops, festivals, joint research projects, trade missions, artistic residencies, street art, theatre and dance performances, and sculptures, among other events, which will seek to attract diverse audiences across the UK.
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc is an iconic London real estate business which has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe. We design, build and manage a unique set of assets to serve local and international companies, renowned retailers and some of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups.
Our vision is to create truly great places where people want to work, live and relax. Over the past 25 years we have developed 16 million square feet of London’s disused docklands into one of the world’s foremost business districts, with more than 11 million square feet to come. Canary Wharf is home to the global and regional headquarters of leading names in law, banking, financial and professional services, media and technology.
The Canary Wharf Estate is fast evolving into one of London’s most exciting hubs. Alongside high quality offices for established companies, the Estate is a major retail destination that includes five shopping malls, including the new leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. The Estate is also home to Level39, Europe’s most influential financial technology accelerator, and the Cognicity smart cities technology initiative.
We will soon deliver a major residential building programme, providing thousands of new homes for Londoners. Outside of Canary Wharf, the Group has a stake in the 20 Fenchurch Street (‘Walkie Talkie’) development in the City of London and in the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank. We are in the business of place-making and continue to create cityscapes of and for the future.
The Group’s world-class, year-round arts and events programme offers over 100 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate. Winner of the 2010 Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, Canary Wharf Group showcases over 65 pieces of permanent art throughout the Estate, designed and created by more than 50 artists and craftsmen. A regular exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park further adds to the Estate’s comprehensive cultural and creative offering.
We employ over 1000 people and there is a working population at Canary Wharf of 112,000 people. The arrival of Crossrail trains in 2018 will strengthen the resilience of the existing transport infrastructure, doubling capacity and cutting journey times into central London and further afield. It will take 39 minutes to get to Heathrow airport, while City airport is just 10 minutes away.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority, two of the world’s largest commercial real estate and fund companies. The Group was acquired in March 2015 and as part of this process, Songbird, the former majority owner of Canary Wharf Group, delisted from the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.
The Canary Wharf Group board of directors consists of ten directors; two executive directors, and four non-executive directors from Brookfield and QIA respectively.