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Sneak Peek of Duddell's UK Debut at Historic St Thomas Church, London

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Sneak Peek of Duddell's UK Debut at Historic St Thomas Church, London
Exterior view of Duddell’s in London (Image courtesy of Duddell’s)

This autumn, Hong Kong’s acclaimed social and cultural destination brand Duddell’s will launch its new restaurant space at Borough’s St Thomas Church in London. The Hong Kong-based Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant is known for its art programme featuring lectures, talks, screenings and exhibitions of the most relevant artwork to the region today.

To inaugurate Duddell’s UK debut, a pop-up exhibition of Hong Kong- based artist Nadim Abbas will be held. His sculptural installation in the exhibition, "Human Rhinovirus 14", is a visual mock-up of the eponymous virus—also known as the common cold. The abstract imagery of enlarged virus is projected onto several beach balls which are kept floating in the air using centrifugal blower fans, creating an unsettling effect.

“Human Rhinovirus 14” (2016) by Nadim Abbas, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable.  Image courtesy of the artist, Antenna Space and Duddell’s.

Nadim Abbas is an installation artist who explores the notion of perception by creating site-specific installations. His work, "Human Rhinovirus 14", was first shown in Antenna Space, Shanghai.

“Human Rhinovirus 14” (2016) by Nadim Abbas, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable.  Image courtesy of the artist, Antenna Space and Duddell’s.

Serving modern yet authentic Chinese cuisine, Duddell’s London will be the brand’s first restaurant outside of Hong Kong. The venue is designed as a space for the appreciation for the arts through providing an inspiring backdrop where people could meet, eat, drink and socialise while surrounded by museum quality year-round art exhibitions.

“Human Rhinovirus 14” (2016) by Nadim Abbas, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist, Antenna Space and Duddell’s.

The 18th century church, St Thomas Church in Southwark, London, is located near the London bridge. It was built by Sir Christopher Wren's master mason Thomas Cartwright.

“Human Rhinovirus 14” (2016) by Nadim Abbas, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist, Antenna Space and Duddell’s.

“Human Rhinovirus 14” (2016) by Nadim Abbas, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist, Antenna Space and Duddell’s.

Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Kylie Ying, co-host for the opening event comments “Duddell’s London is thrilled to be presenting our arts programme for the first time in the UK, reflecting the brand’s ongoing commitment towards global initiatives. Duddell’s prides itself on curating quality contemporary art events and we are excited to bring work from one of Hong Kong’s leading artists, Nadim Abbas, in what will be our inaugural London exhibition.”

 

'Duddell’s presents Nadim Abbas: Human Rhinovirus 14’ is at Duddell’s restaurant space at St Thomas Church, London, from 20th June till 15th July.


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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