In the 1970’s the Security Pacific National Bank commissioned the now iconic Alexander Calder to enhance their new headquarters. His sculpture, “4 Arches,” was installed during the construction of the surrounding plaza and has since become a true LA star in its own right.
Best of all, it is only a short ride from Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Ask our concierge for a map of our favorite design and art location in and around LA on your next visit.
LOVE STORY / VIENNA
This summer the Titze collection celebrated an exhibition premiere at two venues of Vienna’s Belvedere Museums - inside the magnifique baroque interior of the Winter Palace and the modern pavilion architecture of the 21er Haus. If you are staying with us at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom don’t leave the city without seeing Love Story before it closes on October 5 - the first presentation of Anne and Wolfgang Titze’s wide-ranging collection of international contemporary art.
One of our favorite contemporary art entities, Gagosian London, will present recent work by famed American sculptor Richard Serra come October. Select works will be on display at both the Gagosian Gallery on Britannia Street and Davies Street, only a short distance from Sofitel London St James. Find out more.
Art is everywhere in magnifique Montreal with more than 300 public works of sculptures, monuments, busts and contemporary works of art around the city.
POP ART & MORE
When one thinks of Roy Lichtenstein, one always conjures the image of an oversized comic strip with bold pops of color. But take a closer look at his astoundingly creative work and see it illuminate Lichtenstein as the innovator and social commentator.
Venice is the perfect explore from various Sofitel cities in Europe. And now is the perfect time to visit with the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 in full swing.
One of the grandest installations is the display of multiple seven-metre-high golden columns by German artist Heinz Mack. Installed in the waterside church square on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, ‘The Sky over Nine Columns’ was designed to showcase the importance of the column in architectural history. This magnifique piece of art will remain in place until 23 November.
ART / VIENNA
Don’t leave Vienna without seeing the most beautiful artworks and paintings of artist Gustav Klimt, the famous Austrian painter of the Jugendstil period.
You will find some our our favorites inside the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. While there take a tour of the other masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque up until 21st century. It’s always high on our ‘must see’ list when in Vienna, and only short drive from that other bold artistic statement from Austria’s capital - the 5-star Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom.
DESIGN / SHANGHAI
Residing on China’s most famous pedestrian shopping street, guests at Sofitel Shanghai Hyland find themselves just a short walk from both the Bund and People’s Square, with its famed attractions including the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
This center for artistic expression is a design find in itself, winning various international design competitions for its exterior while housing world-class performances inside (opera, ballet, and symphonic presentations). Ask our concierge for more details.