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17-06-2010

wfc Celebrates Grand Opening with Launch of Exhibition from the Louvre Museum, Paris

(Beijing, 17 June 2010) The World Financial Centre ("wfc") Beijing today celebrates its grand opening with the launch of the 'Sculpture in Movement' Asia Tour from the Louvre Museum, Paris -- the first time this exhibition is held in a commercial venue.

The exhibition, which is part of wfc's ongoing commitment to bringing world-class art and cultural events to the people of the city, invites the audience to touch the 22 replicas of famous works in the Louvre's collection and works by internationally acclaimed Beijing artist, Sui Jianguo.

The exhibits aim to illustrate the five movements - effort, run, dance, take off and fall - mostly represented by Western sculptures for which oriental sculptures also embrace. Together they exemplify the classical virtues of equilibrium and posture.

Speaking at the official inauguration of the exhibition in front of some 300 guests, Peter Lee, Vice-Chairman, Henderson Land Group said, "The World Financial Centre is not only the city's newest landmark in the Central Business District, it is also the latest destination for art and culture for the people of Beijing. The Louvre Museum exhibition marks the beginning of a series of art and cultural happenings for the community and tenants to enjoy."

Echoing Mr Lee's comments, Ms Catherine Guillou, Director of Public Policy of the Louvre Museum adds, "Our philosophy is that art should be an integral part of everyone's lives. By staging our exhibition at wfc, we will be able to reach many people making art accessible to all."

To highlight wfc's spectacular architectural design, which is conceptualized by world-famous architect Cesar Pelli as a pair of "twin crystal jewel boxes", a giant 90m high red ribbon is tied around the East Tower.

The exhibition will be at wfc's Winter Garden from June 18 to September 30, 2010. The exhibition opens from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. Admission is free. Special guided tours will be available daily in morning and afternoon sessions.

About wfc
Completed in January 2009, the International Grade A office complex is designed by the world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli as twin "crystal jewel boxes" incorporating special effect facade lighting on the exterior. Comprising two 22-storey, 2.1 million-square-foot office buildings, wfc Beijing has been recognized as one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly commercial developments in the region. In addition to achieving the highest grading of "Platinum" under the Building Environment Assessment Method (BEAM), the complex is being assessed under the "Platinum" rating of the globally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The wfc also stands out as one of the most intelligent buildings in Asia. It received "Distinction" in the Certificate of Intelligent Building Index Assessment by the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings and was honoured by the nine professional building institutions of Hong Kong with the Quality Building Award 2010 - Merit Award for a Project Outside Hong Kong, and the "Intelligent Building of the Year" award in 2009 by the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings. Anchor tenants include Standard Chartered Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, International Air Transport Association, FAW Toyota and Novo Nordisk.

About Henderson Land Group
Founded in 1976 by its Chairman, Dr The Honourable Lee Shau Kee, GBM, Henderson Land Development Company Limited is a leading property group with a focus on Hong Kong and mainland China. Its core businesses comprise property development and property investment. In addition, it has direct equity interests in a listed subsidiary, Henderson Investment Limited, and three listed associates, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (which in turn has equity stakes in a listed subsidiary, Towngas China Company Limited), Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Company Limited and Miramar Hotel and Investment Company, Limited. Henderson Land has been listed in Hong Kong since 1981 where it is one of the largest property groups. As at 31 December 2009, Henderson Land had market capitalization of HK$125 billion and the combined market capitalization of the Company, its listed subsidiaries and associates was HK$268 billion.

About Louvre Museum
One of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre Museum has been open to the public since 1793. In 2009, the museum recorded more than 8.5 million visitors from all over the world, while 2.5 million others viewed exhibitions organized by the Louvre around the world. The Louvre Museum presents 35,000 works of art in over 60,000 m2 of exhibition space. These artworks date from the Antiquity to the mid-19th century. The 'Sculpture in Movement' art works come from The Louvre Museum's Touch Gallery, an 80m2 space dedicated to educating visitors on the way art is experienced and perceived by the disabled. The Touch Gallery was established in line with Louvre Museum's commitment of making its collections and services accessible to the widest possible public

About Sui Jianguo
A leading figure in experimental art and head of the Research Centre for Sculpture at the Central Art Academy, Sui takes classical European sculptures and places them into his hollow Mao Jacket creations to represent Chinese assimilation of European ideologies in modern history. Sui Jianguo sculptures are courtesy of Hanart TZ Gallery

About Hanart TZ Gallery
Hanart TZ Gallery was founded in 1983 specialising in contemporary Chinese art, and has pioneered the exhibition of experimental art from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Since the 1980s it has co-operated with many of the leading and now internationally recognized artists. Hanart TZ Gallery is active in promoting new talents, and is constantly showing and publishing the work of emerging artists.

A giant red ribbon is tied around the East Tower of wfc Beijing at its grand opening to highlight the architectural concept of the "twin crystal jewel boxes"

(from left to right) Mr. Anthony Chaumuzeau, Counsellor (Cultural), Embassy of the Republic of France, Mr Sui Jianguo, the famous sculptor, Ms Catherine Guillou, Director of Public Policy from the Louvre Museum, Paris, Mr. Peter Lee Ka Kit, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group, Mr. Feng Guangsheng, Deputy Director of the World Art Museum and Mr. John Yip, Executive Director of Henderson Land Group officiated at the grand opening of wfc Beijing and launch of "Sculpture in Movement" Exhibition.

Mr. Peter Lee Ka Kit, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group, and Mr. Anthony Chaumuzeau, Counsellor (Cultural), Embassy of the Republic of France, appreciated "Venus de Milo", one of the star exhibits of the "Sculpture in Movement" exhibition.