In 2011, Quinn’s Hand of God and Leap of Faith were selected for the Hermitage 20/21 project, to be shown alongside a major exhibition of the work of Henry Moore. Coinciding with the 2011 international White Nights arts festival and marking Quinn’s first opportunity to show his sculptures in Russia, they were unveiled on 24 June at the Winter Palace in the State Hermitage.
Hermitage 20/21, which was launched in 2007, focuses on exhibiting innovative contemporary works and building a representative collection of western art from the twentieth century to complement the museum’s extensive holdings of Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, Classical antiquities and oriental art. The project aims to bring in and educate new audiences about modern art.
We behold the human figure, cupped and cradled in the palm of a hand, and perceive eternity and its links with love and justice. The rich seam of inspiration tapped by Lorenzo Quinn derives from incidental discoveries which include the conjoined dualism of life itself. Here the humanisation of the divine exists in perpetual alternation with the idealisation of the human being. – Franco Bruno18