This Parisian Hotel’s Art Exhibition Turns Waste Into Beauty

Photo by Laurent Zabulon

Article by BETSY BLUMENTHAL, via Conde Nast TRAVELER

Elise Morin knows you’re not coming to the Peninsula Paris because you’re looking for her art—and she’s happy about that.
Yesterday, the 41-year-old French artist, whose work often invokes the natural environment and the material burden art places on it, debuted her latest piece at the hotel—an undulating, polygenic sculpture made of CD fragments—alongside immersive projections by Japan-born, New York City-based artist Saya Woolfalk and a neon sculpture by Chilean artist Iván Navarro. The three artists’ works (on view until November 15) are part of the latest installment in the Peninsula’s multi-year art commissioning program, “Art in Resonance,” which officially kicked off at the Peninsula Hong Kong (to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong) this past March.
The works are publicly accessible; Morin and Navarro’s pieces are on view in the entrance lobby of the Peninsula Paris, while Woolfalk’s are displayed in a small salon just off of it. Their placement is purposefully democratic and free for all to engage with. For Morin, whose art speaks to issues like consumption and overproduction, that’s a good thing. “I’m interested in the fact that the people who will see the piece are not necessarily people who have intentionally come to see it,” she says. “I’m curious to see how people will react to it, whether they’ll be attracted to the piece, and what they make of it.”

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