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!
Followers of lifeismagnifique will know that we feature books and art from inside our hotels every week.
Perusing the books scattered around Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort we discovered this blast of color care of pop art sensation Roy Lichtenstein. While the subject matter of ‘landscapes’ seems unlike Lichtenstein’s early Pop comic paintings, his landscapes were in fact appropriated from the backgrounds of cartoon scenes - very Lichtenstein. In fact he used the same durable halftone dots but here distilled the compositions down to the most basic pictorial elements. How magnifique!
1221 Avenue of the Americas is an iconic New York skyscraper located on Sixth Avenue, only minutes from Sofitel New York. The sunken courtyard contains one of the city’s most viewed pieces of public sculpture, a large metal triangle sculpture called Sun Triangle by Athelstan Spilhaus.
More than just art however - as a helpful plaque embedded in the pavement at the base of the Sun Triangle explains - the longest side of the triangle (the top) points to the sun on the spring and fall equinoxes, while the steepest side points to the sun at solar noon on the summer solstice and the shortest side (at bottom) to the sun’s position on the winter solstice. How cool is that?
With a focus this week on ‘lines and stripes,’ we begin with some wonderful art by the Chilean born artist Iván Navarro.
Known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light, Navarro’s work is steeped in his homeland’s history while also speaking to current political debates. Navarro also works with mirrors, alongside light, in which viewers lose themselves in an apparently infinite space, as neon phrases or structures loom out, and suggest what lies beyond.
The undisputed crown jewel of the city’s cultural treasures, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a short distance from Sofitel New York and always a concierge favorite.
This Henri Matisse painting belongs to a small series of works in which the artists depicts Henriette Darricarrère in a frontal pose, almost as if he were executing a formal portrait. In each case, she appears before a different fabric background and is outfitted in various costumes and accessories with ethnic associations; often, as here, she is dressed as a Spanish woman. A preparatory charcoal drawing by Matisse of the same size as the painting is in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National de l’Art Moderne, Paris.