First-time guests to Sofitel Shanghai Hyland often comment about the unexpected number of public sculptures in and around the city. In fact you will find more than 2,000 pubic art pieces in and around Shanghai - not including the finds inside the dedicated Shanghai Sculpture Park in Songjiang district. Ask for a map of our favorites on your next visit.
PARIS IN PHILLY
Did you know that you will find the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside France only a short drive from Sofitel Philadelphia?
The greatest works of the famed 19th-century sculptor can be seen at Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum - bronze casts of Eternal Springtime, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and, of course, The Thinker. Set in a temple-like building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s a ‘must see’ in the City of Brotherly Love.
YUZ / SHANGHAI
Occupying 9,000 square metres, the Yuz Museum at Xuhui Riverside in Shanghai is an enormous but very magnifique find. The private museum houses not-to-be-missed contemporary art from billionaire collector Budi Tek, and is fast becoming a beacon of contemporary Asian art.
After being impressed with the large-scale installations, don’t miss the second level galleries carrying smaller works of art such as paintings, sculptures and photographs. All this just 20 minutes from Sofitel Hyland Hotel. Magnifique!
The Miami Design District Louis Vuitton location offers an engaging fashion luxury shopping experience in a very distinctive Miami neighborhood. best yet, Louis Vuitton has created a space that celebrates the unique culture of Miami with external artwork and a facade by graffiti writer RETNA. The store is a short 15 minute drive from Sofitel Miami. Unique and magnifique!
ART / CHINA
Sofitel Wanda Beijing always accommodates guests in fabulous style. But not far away from our blend of French elegance and Chinese inspiration you’ll find some of the cities best original art, at the 798 Art District. This vast area of disused factories built by the East Germans, the area, also known as Dà Shānzi (大山子), is Beijing’s leading concentration of contemporary art galleries. Our pick of the galleries-in-the-know include BTAP, UCCA, Pace and Galleria Continua. Ask our concierge team for their selects on your next visit. Don’t miss it!
PARIS / DISCOVERY
Is there anywhere else in the world like Paris? And the ideal pied-à-terre to discover the City of Lights must be Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe. The Haussmann exterior of this hotel par excellence houses an interior designed in collaboration with Studio Putman. The luxurious fabrics and soothing blue tones of the rooms will delight your senses, while the sights of Paris outside will remain with you forever. Magnifique! (Image: Eiffel Tower via Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe).
SHANGHAI / ART
The Yuz Museum Shanghai, located at the Xuhui Riverside about 20 minutes from Sofitel Shanghai Hyland, has marked its grand opening with the exhibition Myth / History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art.
Our favorite piece from the exhibit is “impenetrable” by British-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum, made from barbed wire seemingly floating in space. We will feature more from this magnifique museum every week this month.
ART IS EVERYWHERE
A find from Art Week Dubai 2014. Art Week is the umbrella initiative that includes Sikka Art Fair, Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai and a range of contemporary art and design events, major museum shows, new gallery exhibitions and artists’ projects. Magnifique!