5 of the best hotel art collections from around the world
Curate your perfect holiday with our pick of the best art collections found in hotels around the world. An iconic fish in a boutique Barcelona hotel, a Warhol in a Thai beach retreat and a mural in New Delhi – just some of the names featured in these ‘alternative galleries’ of the world.
Some of the world’s most impressive art collections are no longer found in just museums and galleries. Culture and travel have long gone hand in hand but now you don’t even have to leave your hotel to discover classic and modern masterpieces. From modern art in the Alps to homegrown artisans in the desert, here’s a run down of some of the world’s most surprising hotel art collections.
Iniala Beach House – a Warhol wonder in Thailand
Iniala Beach House is a private residence and a true temple of design, bringing together some of the best creative minds, architects, artists and designers in the world. Some of the art available for sale includes Andy Warhol’s original iconic Muhammad Ali prints; Jakkai Siributr, one of Thailand’s few contemporary artists who uses fabric as a versatile medium and Diana Harjanti a recent graduate of the Indonesia Institute of Art in Yogyakarta, who created Iniala’s large whale sculpture featured in the incredible Penthouse.
ITC Maurya, New Delhi – a true art dynasty with works from Krishen Khanna, Tyeb Mehta and Akbar Padamsee
Built in 1977 and inspired by the Grand Mauryan Empire that ruled India during the 2nd and 3rd-century BC, ITC Maurya is rooted in the ethos of a dynasty that unified ancient India for the very first time. Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Mauryan Empire brought together various hues of nation states, culminating in a royal spectrum of art and culture in northern India. In keeping with the frescoes in these Chaityas, Krishen Khanna, one of India’s most respected artists, created his iconic mural ‘The Great Procession’, within the wooden rafters of the dome at the ITC Maurya Lobby. Other works by internationally acclaimed artists can be seen at every floor level in the main hotel.
Acclaimed Maori Art and sculpture at the Lodge at the Hills, Queenstown, New Zealand
The Lodge at the Hills opened in March 2014 as part of the internationally acclaimed Hills Golf Course. For art lovers, The Lodge boasts a stunning collection of New Zealand Maori Art as well as contemporary Asian and New Zealand art and sculptures curated by Sir Michael and Lady Christine. This is one of the largest private collections in the world and houses significant sculptures of up to six metres high. Guests are also invited to enjoy the world-renowned private Sculpture Park, part of The Hills golf course with works by New Zealand and international artists including a herd of cast iron horses by English-born artist Max Patte.
Hotel Mont-Blanc – vintage design in the heart of Megève
Situated in the heart of the Megève Alpine village, the Hôtel Mont-Blanc remains today as glamorous as ever. The hotel’s reputation has steadily grown since the Fifties, when Megève was at the height of its glory and writers, singers and musicians would come there to trumpet their celebrity. Drawing inspiration from an array of famous guests, the artistic Enfants Terribles Suite pays tribute to regular former guest, French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau; the Sacha Distel Suite celebrates the actor and his ski champion bride who married in Megève in 1963; while the Liaisons Dangereuses Suite is a nod to the film featuring Gerard Philippe, which includes scenes filmed at Hôtel Mont-Blanc in 1952. The elegant Hôtel Mont-Blanc bistro Les Enfants Terribles pays tribute to Jean Cocteau and features his ‘mural fresco’ on the wall, adding to the restaurant’s avant-garde aesthetic, with more of his dramatic oversized murals seen throughout the lounges.
Hotel Arts Barcelona – a design icon by Frank Gehry
Designed by the renowned architect Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts Barcelona is framed by the iconic Frank Gehry ‘Fish’ sculpture giving the hotel its status as one of the leading design icons in the city. The extraordinary hotel exterior design of blue glass and exposed steel is complemented inside by an unrivalled collection of contemporary leading Catalan and Spanish artists. Luis Feito, a key figure in Spanish abstract expressionism who founded ‘El Paso’ the Barcelona based collective of expressionists, exhibits original paintings in the hotel, as does the renowned abstract painter Jose Manuel Broto. With 28 luxury apartments and the finest views of Barcelona, the two Michelin starred Enoteca restaurant, stylish contemporary rooms and suites and the most sought after beach side location, Hotel Arts Barcelona has maintained its status as the most iconic hotel in the city.
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