If visiting us at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, take a tour of more authentic art at 101 / EXHIBIT. Named after its original location, 101 NE 40th St., the gallery actively represents an international group of prolific emerging and established contemporary artists with a program that ‘embraces unparalleled craft, counter trend experimentation, New Media, and deviations into abstraction, installation forward, and object-based works.’ Right now don’t miss ‘No Good At Exits’, a solo exhibit from American artist Jason Shawn Alexander. The work—emotional and filled with numerous images of figures in a number of compromising positions—is a must-see. Gallery 101 / EXHIBIT is located in Hollywood at 6205 Santa Monica Blvd. on the corner of North El Centro Ave, one block east of Vine St.
French fashion designer and an haute couture fashion brand Stéphane Rolland is nothing short of a magnifique artist. Photos barely do justice to Rolland’s organic sculpturesque couture collection, renowned for its modern and original interpretation of couture. The designers passion for architecture, sculpture and photography is evident throughout his collections, including spring 2014, pictured. Discover more of his remarkable world, here.
Art Brussels has the reputation of being Europe’s leading cutting-edge contemporary art fair. A must-see event for every art lover, with more than 2000 artists, international well-known names as well as promising young talents. Come see for yourself from Friday 25 April at Brussels Expo (Heysel), 20 minutes from Sofitel Brussels Europe.
Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ is a cinematic tour de force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Appropriated from the last 100 years of cinema’s history, the film records the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, by displaying a watch or clock.
"Chocolate, for me, is the source of everything. Of pleasure… of course. But also of openness to the world, the integrity of craft, and respect for a noble product that evokes pure emotion" - Christophe Morel.
During your stay in Montreal, a visit to world famous chocolatier Christophe Morel is an absolute must. Recipient of numerous honors such as the ‘Grand Prix Canadien de la Chocolaterie’ and the ‘Coupe du Monde de Pâtisserie de Lyon’, the creations from this master chocolatier & pastry chef continue to dazzle the eye and treat the palate. Magnifique!
No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre Museum - one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in its own right. The most famous resident? The Mona Lisa of course.
The Mona Lisa was painted on a poplar wood panel. The wood, cut from a single plank and bearing no traces of woodworking tools, is of exceptional quality. On the back there are traces of an edging paper having been scraped off. A crack eleven centimeters long was prevented from widening by two dovetails. After one of these disappeared, canvas was stuck over the crack to consolidate it. The picture, which is slightly warped, was strengthened with an oak frame in 1951. History, perfected.
The Whitney Museum in New York houses one of the world’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art. Right now don’t miss ‘American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe’, on view until the end of June. ‘American Legends’ explores the work of American icons in the Whitney’s permanent connection, including Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. The artists have been rotating throughout the year, as each gallery serves as a small-scale retrospective on the artist’s work. Don’t miss it.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), Still Life with Crystal Bowl, 1972. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 52 × 42 in. (132.1 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art.
For the ultimate luxury at Sofitel Dongguan Royal Lagoon, may we suggest the 11-room Imperial Suite? If the in-suite fitness room and lake views are not enough, a wealth of resort facilities await including two swimming pools, two gyms, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, badminton, squash, and basketball courts as well as a summer water park. Magnifique!
Our concierge team at Sofitel New York always have their pulse on the best art in the city.
Right now don’t miss the latest exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s at the Jewish Museum, featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, much of which has rarely been seen in the United States.
We have always admired the sense to style that comes with being French. So no surprise that we are fans of the Louis Vuitton City Guides. This year more than 50 journalists, writers and personalities highlight some wonderful curated finds, offering globetrotters a comprehensive overview of addresses through the personal vision of the guests, local character or famous personality of each city.
Available for the cities of Paris, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, New York, Moscow, Los Angeles, London, Cape Town, Mexico City, Miami & Hong Kong.
Spring has sprung in masterful style at the de Young Museum. Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this SF icon has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. Ask the Sofitel San Francisco Bay concierge for more details.
Richard Diebenkorn / Seated Figure with Hat, 1967, oil on canvas via the deyoungmuseum.
The must attend Australian event is back! ‘Vivid Sydney' is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
Cracking the top 50 on the list of world fashion capitals according to the Global Language Monitor, Montréal is a city full of flair, style and innate fashion sense.
From haute couture to ready-to-wear fashion, from antiques to art galleries, Sofitel Montréal is well positioned to tackle this magnifique shopping mecca. Start your spree at the boutiques of Sainte Catherine Street, one of North America’s longest and most dynamic shopping arteries. From there, escape to our own underground pedestrian network, home to more than 1,700 shops and several department stores. The come up for air (and some cutting-edge chic fashion finds) at the iconic Holt Renfrew, one of our favorite department stores in all of North America.
Our award-winning concierge team at Sofitel Montreal will be happy to provide their seasonal favorites. Get shopping!
'Saigon retains many buildings and architecture that display its colonial past. The Saigon Opera House is a perfect example. It was built by the French in the late 1800s; it’s a beautiful building inspired by Palais Garnier – one of Paris’ opera houses and a smaller version of the opera house built in Hanoi’ - Quoc Cuong Luu, Sofitel Saigon Plaza Concierge.
During April don’t miss Soprano Sung Hee Park and flutist Hyun Ju Ro perform ‘Voices of Spring’ at the Saigon Opera House, featuring classical pieces by Strauss, Dvorzak, Mozart and more. Magnifique!