[su_heading]The word vanitas itself is Latin for “empty.”[/su_heading]
On Friday 07/10/2016 I attended one of those events that can only be experienced to appreciate its full beauty. Hosted by the CEOs of Colnaghi Gallery, Jorge Coll and Nicolas Cortes, and Colnaghi Chairman Konrad Bernheimer, it was the most beautiful housewarming party hosted for an art gallery. Guests at the event were served with free flowing champagne & cocktails as they enjoyed a private view of the new exhibition VANITAS.
The prestigious Colnaghi Gallery, one of London’s oldest galleries, moved in to a new home from its elegant suite at 15 Old Bond St. to No 26 Bury St, St James’s in the heart of the city.
Colnaghi gallery hosted one of the most high profile and extravagant opening hosted by an art gallery space which also saw the exhibition of ‘Vanitas‘ collection in its new home.
I got into the event a little over the start time of 7.00pm. There was a queue of beautifully dressed art lovers waiting to get into the new space. I was greeted with a welcoming smile by the ladies at the door who looked down my name on the guest list, checked me in. At first, I got confused. I could see everyone and no one really. The room was jam packed. As I looked around, the first person I saw was collector Basia Briggs and artist Koffi Allen. Then I realized I was at the right event.
I quickly made party friends, we drank champagne and talked about our education and career in London, as we paced around the building talking about the oil canvas paintings and how arts brought people together.
The organizers added all the necessary pieces to host the perfect gallery opening. Caterers were flown into London from Spain. Guest were dressed to the nines with Director of Lee Sharrock PR, who co-organised the party, wearing a red velvet dress by designers Preen by Thornton Begazzi, AW16 collection.
Spanish Ambassador to the UK, Federico Trillo-Figueroa came dressed to impress. The diplomat looked dapper in a color outfit of blue jacket paired with red trousers and tie.
Champagne, cocktails and canapés were served to the guest throughout the evening. We danced into the night with music played by DJ Blonde Ambition (Deanne Oliver-Evans).
[su_quote cite=”COLNAGHI” url=”http://www.colnaghi.com/#/exhibitions/17592186100154″]Vanitas is the term given to artworks on the theme of the fragility of man and his desires in the face death which itself could be understood simply as the end to life or, by believers, as the passage from the material world to the hereafter[/su_quote]
See below images of some of the VIP’S who graced the event.
Colnaghi CEO Jorge Coll with Spanish contemporary video artist Eugenio Ampudia, who created the library fire video installation.PR Guru & Director of Lee Sharrock PR, Lee Sharrock wearing a dress by designers Preen by Thornton Begazzi, from their AW16 collection with Mammypi at the event.
Dámaso Berenguer and Prince and Princess of Valsavoia
Spanish Ambassador to the UK, Federico Trillo-Figueroa With Jorge Coll
Antonia baroness von Weichs
Antoine de Nicolay, Lady Arabella Baring (Countess Nesselrode), Guiomar Fernandez-Castaño and Lady Daisy Fane
The Library. One of my favourite space to visit at the Colnaghi gallery.
Some of the pieces exhibited included the Parruccone, Andrés de Leito Vanitas Oil on canvas. If you are visiting London and looking for the best art gallery in London, my recommendation will be to check out the new home of Colnaghi gallery. It is in the heart of the city surrounded by some amazing hotels like the Ritz Hotel & the Wolseley. What I love most about the gallery is the welcoming atmosphere. The minute you step through the doors, you immediately feel a sense of belonging and instantly drawn into the beautiful art paintings. The space is massive with each painting hung beautifully on the walls. I felt a sense of spiritually rushed inside me as I became fully drowned to the artworks. My favorite part of the gallery is the library situated in the basement. The beautiful spiral sculpted stair case white design leading to the library adds that feeling of walking into a personal home library. The books beautifully arranged on the three side shelves. Please make sure you visit this part of the gallery as I find it has a lot of history in that educational space.
For more information about the exhibition and Colnaghi Gallery, please click HERE and learn more about future exhibitions.
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