Rug Wall Lamps, 2017
Artist, architect and sculptor, Gaetano Pesce
Rug Wall Lamp, 2017
Ritratto dell'Uomo Contento Cabinet, 2016
Palladio Cabinet, 2007

Celebrating Art and Architecture

The Peninsula Chicago is honored to feature a significant exhibition of sculptures and furniture by Gaetano Pesce, curated by Salon 94 Designentitled, “What it is to be Human”.  The exhibit aligns with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 13 to 17, 2017 and the Chicago Architecture Biennial from September 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018.  Pesce's ability to break boundaries between art, design and industry marries well with this year's celebration of both art and architecture in Chicago.  The collection is open to the public and will be displayed throughout the hotel on the ground level lobby and the 5th floor main lobby level from September 11 to October 9, 2017. 

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This exhibit is the latest project from The Peninsula Hotels’ ongoing commitment to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. “We believe it is our honor to continue to display works that provoke thought, emotion and dialogue. The pieces selected by Salon 94 Design should accomplish this feat. We hope this collaboration will further elevate the perception of Chicago as a pillar among the world’s art community,” says Maria Razumich-Zec, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Peninsula Chicago.

“We are extremely grateful for our extensive partnership with The Peninsula Chicago as both our Official Hotel Sponsor and for their ongoing commitment to presenting international contemporary artworks to align with our exposition,” said EXPO CHICAGO President and Director Tony Karman. “Gaetano Pesce is an internationally respected artist and the work featured at The Peninsula Chicago is a not-to-be-missed exhibition.”

Peninsula Chicago Peninsula Moments EXPO Art Exhibit Gaetano Pesce La Donna Chair

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 and 1963.  He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France, for 28 years, and in several cities around the globe. Pesce’s work is featured in more than 30 permanent collections of the most important museums in the world and exhibits art in galleries worldwide. 

His award-winning designs include the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1993, the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006 and the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009. 

The exhibit title, “What it is to be Human,” takes the same name as a recent chandelier Gaetano designed. His art connects with humanity, showcasing joy and human elements in each piece. The exhibit features 20 pieces of Gaetano’s functional and decorative designs. "I believe that every idea has its most effective form of expression. Some ideas are better represented through architecture, some painting, others through performance, film, music or poetry. It is increasingly apparent that a multidisciplinary approach is the best way to address the complexity of our time," says Pesce.