Hotels with museum like collections – II
Luxury is redefined with each new measure and each overreaching step that someone takes somewhere. There are fewer things that can be compared to the luxury of sleeping amidst and waking up in a fabulous location and looking at priceless pieces of art all around. For those that prefer to dabble with luxurious vacations and travel in style the list of hotels that follows can prove to be a bible to refer to for your next sojourn.
- Benesse House, Naoshima
Teshima, Inujima, and Naoshima the islands are the venue and host to numerous jaw-dropping contemporary art museums. Some of these museums also function as hotels and the whole illusion carries with loads of sculptures scattered around on the islands.
The whole idea of the project is curated with the intent to establish the nature of and explore the possibilities of the co-existence of nature and art. It should not surprise you to find the works of artists like James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, and Claude Monet as you wander around amidst the masterpieces.
Some of the most prominent ones in this list are the Lee Ufan Museum, The Chichu Art Museum, and the Benesse House on the Naoshima Island.
- Elma Hotel, Zichron Ya’akov, Israel
With Mediterranean vistas as a backdrop and a stunning hilltop location, the Elma Hotel is a gorgeous museum within a hotel. Founded by a passionate collector, the hotel houses two unique performance spaces in the refurbished Brutalist building.
This expansive complex was restored to achieve its current form by architect Ya’akov Rechter with the underlying concept of creating a museum, hotel, and an arts center that would be a national center of excellence.
The collection includes works that date from the post-impressionist era with works of legends of the art world like Pablo Picasso, Braque, Jim Dine while showcasing the works of Israeli artists like Sigalit Landau.
- The Thief, Oslo
The name of the hotel is not misleading at all, it is exactly what it is called – The Thief. The museum hotel has its own curator Sune Nordgren who quite unabashedly “steals” and puts on display works from the neighboring Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and from a respected Norwegian art patron, collector, and hotel tycoon Peter Stordalen.
The collections on display change periodically and have been known to include around 150 contemporary works including the works of artist like Julian Opie and Jeff Koons and many more.
While most rooms contain either prints, photographs, or protected works on paper, the Oslo Suite is known to display original works that includes a selection by Sir Peter Blake. For the more adventurous souls there is Apparatjik Suite that features video art, disco textiles, music, and art installations signed by supergroup Apparatjik.
- 21 c Louisville Museum Hotel, USA
21 c, a group of hotels with a strong emphasis on contemporary art are luxurious and charming. Something that began as a passion for collecting art transformed into impressive collections that called for a chain of hotels to house and exhibit them on a rotational basis.
The Louisville site is no different from the many others of the chain. With a rich collection of fabulous artworks, the notable ones that are showcased here include video artwork Text Rain by Camille Utterback, Untitled light bulb and mirror installation artwork by Iván Navarro, and interactive art installation Cloud Rings by Ned Kahn that emit mist onto the sidewalk outside.
The experience of literally waking up amidst fine and fabulous works of art is what is treasured by the guests who stay at 21 c Louisville Museum Hotel.