Hotels or Museums?
Posted on February 23 2015
55MAX have had the privilege of working with some fantastic hotel groups, helping define their identity and set them apart from their competitors. But some hotels are taking it one step further, transforming buildings into galleries, and offering VIP access to art. Here's a look at some of the best art inspired hotels from across the world, that double as museums.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville
The 21c Museum Hotel, is a boutique hotel situated in Louisville, Ky, which does a very good job of immersing art into everyday life and offers emerging and internationally acclaimed artists a place to be showcased. Previously a 19th Century tobacco and bourbon warehouse, it's now home to a $10 million dollar collection of contemporary art. The 91-room hotel includes 9,000 square feet of gallery space and includes work by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who is famous for creating pieces out of odd material like chocolate syrup or garbage and then photographing them. Each of the 91 rooms includes a photo, painting or collage and when guests check in, they recieve preloaded iPods with a narrated tour of the collection.
Chambers Hotel, New York
The Chambers Hotel, which is centrally located in midtown New York, is a work of art in itself. With a unique collection of over 500 original works of art spanning nearly the entire property, including the hallways which are decked in elaborate murals, each and every floor highlights a specific installation. Artwork featured at the hotel include work from renowned artists such as John Walters, along with more up and coming artists.
Hotel le Negresco, France
Many hotels claim to have world class art collections but the Hotel le Negresco in France has that and more. With a mixture of modern and historic artistic pieces, you'll find work by some of the most famous artists ever known, such as Moretti and Dali, all strikingly mixed in with the interiors’ rare antiques and historical paintings. Visitors are likely to find carpets by Moretti, sharing the space with six traditional Louis XV armchairs - there really is nothing quite like it. From Louis XIII style to modern art, 5 centuries of history are exhibited throughout the hotel.
Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
The Dolder Grand Hotel dates all the way back to 1899 and integrates the old and new perfectly, with artwork from the likes of Dali, Warhol and Ritcher. With more than 100 paintings and sculptures placed throughout the grounds, you're likely to spot a Keith Haring sculpture in the forecourt, Warhol hanging over the check-in desk, and Dali in the basement.
The Exhibitionist, London
One gallery just isn't enough for the Exhibitionist hotel. Opening it's doors in Autumn 2014, the Exhibitionist has more than eight galleries for new artists to display their work. The 18th century South Kensington townhouse is a modern masterpiece inside, with hand printed wallpaper, plunge pools and even an outdoor cinema. The Back Room is the main gallery space, which will showcase installations and works of art from artists, which will be transformed regularly so visitors will be able to experience something new with each visit.