45 Park Lane Reopens Contemporary Art Programme

18 Aug 2020
2 min read
The famed Dorchester Collection’s trendy Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, has announced the resumption of its contemporary art programme, which is set to feature a diverse array of exhibitions curated around the theme ‘Icons and Disruptors’ for the remainder of 2020.

45 Park Lane’s strong ties to the art world go beyond its four walls. The hotel has been attracting guests and artists since its opening in September 2011, and has gained a global reputation for hosting exclusive exhibitions and gallery residences, providing the ultimate platform for emerging artists alongside its collection of established artworks from Damien Hirst, Alastair Gibson, Patrick Hughes, Bruce McLean, Joe Tilson, and many more and the 2020 programme will be no different.

Curated by Lily Ackerman from Ackerman Studios, in collaboration with 45 Park Lane, the programme will showcase works ranging from the iconic imagery of industry greats Terry O’Neill and Douglas Kirkland, through to solo exhibitions Raul Castillo and Clarissa James. Starting with two visionary artists Kirk Mercher and Rakerman on display until the end of August, guests will be able to view a mini-series of works by exceptional talent, ranging from raw, undiscovered names to emerging and more prominent artists.

Speaking about the exhibitions for 2020, Lily Ackerman said: “I’m particularly excited to focus on the local Mayfair art scene, which is rich in heritage and innovation. A real highlight for me will be Clarissa James’s exhibition ‘Worlds of Gold and Light’ a meditative and ethereal body of work which promises to be breathtaking.”

John Scanlon, general manager of 45 Park Lane, comments: “Luxury hospitality is about so much more than exquisite comfort and extraordinary service. We look to provide inspiration and exciting experiences through our ever evolving dining initiatives and art programmes, which are very special to me.”

2020 Art Programme at 45 Park Lane:

Kirk Mechar and Rakerman – Surface

Until 27 August 2020

Two visionary artists bring their contemporary works together for an eye-catching collection uniting Mechar’s abstract floral-inspired works and Rakerman’s complex pieces, playing with the idea of the visible and invisible. The result is an intriguing multidimensional space and a journey through shape, texture and tone.

Terry O’Neill, Andy Gotts MBE and Douglas Kirkland – FAME

 27 August– 12 October 2020

Box Galleries presents FAME, a showcase of 30 rare and unseen celebrity portraits captured over a span of 40 years by renowned photographers Terry O’Neill, Douglas Kirkland and Andy Gotts MBE. Their shared passion for capturing rare, off-screen moments in the lives of the stars is beautifully curated in this new exhibition, featuring Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, Harrison Ford and more.

Raul Castillo

 12 October – 27 October 2020

Drawing inspiration from all aspects of everyday life – the cynical, topical and comical – Venezuelan Castillo’s work is an avalanche of colours, shapes and thoughts that intrigue and excite the viewer, full of the artist’s signature trademarks. This is his first large-scale exhibition and one to watch.

Clarissa James – Worlds of Gold and Light

Classically trained artist Clarissa James takes her inspiration from the PreRaphaelites and 19th century aesthetic, rich in fabrics and opulent textures. This combined with her newly discovered passion for Japanese art and design, has resulted in a series of rich, meditative paintings.

27 October 2020 – 25 January 2021

To find out more, visit 45 Park Lane’s website.


Images courtesy 45 Park Lane. Image of Audrey Hepburn © Terry O’Neill.