BERLIN / ART
In celebration of New York’s 2014 Armory Show, we continue our focus on art located in Sofitel locations all of this week.
Italian born artist Tatiana Trouvé lives and works in Paris, but visitors to Berlin since January have had the opportunity to see her new work at the Schinkel Pavillon. The site-specific installation, entitled The Guardian, explores the relationship between the exhibition space and its surroundings and brings together several elements fitting one another: a concrete mattress upon a wall, a chair and plastic bags cast in bronze.
The Schinkel Pavillon is one of the most unique spaces to display work in Berlin. The intense lighting, the high windows, and the second story view onto the street can all create different interpretations of a work just in the differing times of day. Best of all it is located only minutes from Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt.
New York’s largest art fair, The Armory Show, has wrapped up another magnifique weekend, featuring modern and contemporary art from 205 galleries representing 26 different countries.
We are featuring some of our favorites all of this week, and the ’Soundsuits’ by artist Nick Cave were always going to be high on our list. Some of the famous creations are made for performance; others go straight into the gallery system. But all of them are based on the human body and look as if they could easily spring into magnifique motion.
New York’s Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions. And best of all the show is located only a short walk from Sofitel New York.
This week we will highlight some of our favorite pieces and artists from the last week, beginning with Jules Olitski’s ‘Yellow Hoodoo’ (acrylic on canvas) as seen through the sculpture ‘Times One’, by Brian Wall.
The current temporary exhibition at Amsterdam’s magnifique Van Gogh Museum explores the work of Franco-Swiss artist Félix Vallotton (1865-1928), a leading figure in the Nabis (Prophets) movement.
Around 60 paintings from various international museums combined with some 40 prints from the Van Gogh Museum’s collection provide an overview of every facet of the artist. ‘Félix Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice’ runs until 1 June 2014, and is located approximately 12 minutes away from Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.
(Box Seats at the Theater, the Gentleman and the Lady. Felix Vallotton, 1909).
We’ve always been big fans of leading interiors and still life photographer Simon Brown. Now is your opportunity to find out why during ‘Simon Brown: Standing in the Corner,’ at the Richard Young Gallery in London.
Brown, well known for his images published in interiors magazines across the world, has brought together a stunning collection of limited edition prints for this exhibition. He combines shots taken over a five year period—poignant interiors from properties in England, Ireland and France—with a collection of studio-shot still life images. The Richard Young Gallery is 15 minutes from Sofitel London St James.
(Image -Simon Brown, Blue Bedroom Fireplace Detail, Ireland, 1983)
Happy birthday to Auguste Renoir, born on this day in 1841. Did you know that the world’s largest collection of Renoir’s paintings - 181 works to be exact - resides only moments from one Sofitel. Can you guess the location? Find out here.
(Image - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Seine at Argenteuil, 1888)
ITALIAN / AMERICAN
The Italian contingent at Sofitel New York is very excited that the first comprehensive retrospective of Italian Futurism in a U.S. museum is now on view at the Guggenheim.
Of course, if you are staying with us in Rome you can’t go past the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Gallery of Modern Art). In the heart of the city center, it’s the perfect discovery only minutes from the Trinità dei Monti and our own Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese.
Pictured: Gino Severini, Blue Dancer (Ballerina blu), 1912
Located in London and housing the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, Tate Britain is one of our favorite finds. Inside you will find the Portrait of Sidney Wells, by Joanna Mary Wells (1831‑1861). But you’ll also find this magnifique portrait brought to life in the modern world via the 1840s GIF Party at Tate Britain. Magnifique!
Dubai is a hub of ancient culture and modern showiness. Yet you’d be surprised by its introspective and creative side. The warehouse spaces of Alserkal Avenue in the industrial area of Al Quoz are the home of edgy local art and performances.
“Dubai Art Week is held every year towards the end of March. It encompasses a wide range of exhibitions and cultural events, held by different organisations. Ask us to help you choose the event that best suits your interests” - Bogdan Dumitrescu, Concierge, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.
Gallery: Galerie Krinzinger. Artist: Waqas Khan. Medium: ink on wasli paper