The St. Regis Singapore hotel is decorated with a multimillion-dollar art collection. You don’t have to go to a museum to see great works of art. In Singapore, for instance, there are famous works in the Conrad Centennial Singapore hotel, which also boasts an 11-meter-tall sculpture by American Richard Sparling in the driveway. And the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s Stella Gallery displays two four-meter-tall abstract wall reliefs by American artist Frank Stella, as well as Andy Warhol’s “Flowers” in the ballroom foyer.
At these luxury hotels, which don’t have glass partitions or velvet ropes, you can get as close as you want. Of all the Singapore hotels, however, the collection at the St. Regis seems to attract the most attention. Cecilia Kwek, wife of owner Kwek Leng Beng, decorated the hotel as she would her own residence, according to hotel spokeswoman, Cheryl Ong. She spent more than six years collecting artwork for the hotel before it opened in 2007, and has continued to add to the collection. More than 80 original works of art are currently sprinkled throughout hotel grounds.
‘Toros Series’ (1960) by Pablo Picasso. Where to find it: Astor Bar
Perhaps no artist’s work is more fittingly displayed in a bar than that of Pablo Picasso — according to a famous song by Paul McCartney, Picasso’s last words were “Drink to me.” This series of 10 ink-on-paper lithographs is built around the theme of Spanish bullfighting. In them, the artist explores the relationship between beauty and violence.
Happy Chopsticks’ (1977) by Jasper Johns. Where to find it: Yan Ting restaurant on Level 1U
Up close, viewers can see that the colored screen print is actually constructed from a collage of newspaper headlines. This is typical of the style of Jasper Johns, lauded as one of the U.S.’s top contemporary artists, who laid the groundwork for pop art and minimalism.
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