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.
We love finding new art in Sofitel locations around the world.
Inspired by a poem titled ‘La Chevelure’ by French poet Charles Baudelaire, Elaine Cameron-Weir’s sculpture ‘Blue Black' (2011, wood, paint, coconut oil, concrete) is not to be missed. Currently on view as part of Objects of Desire, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Happy birthday to German-born American abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. Just one of the many artists to discover this spring at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - one of the largest and most renowned museums in America - and only moments from Sofitel Philadelphia.
(“Lumen Naturale,” 1962, by Hans Hofmann (© Estate of Hans Hofmann/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York), via Philly Museum)
The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Through its long and interesting history , it has seen times both good and bad, but has emerged in the 21st century as one of the greatest public markets in the country. The neon sign at the door provides a clue to its history and colorful present day reincarnation.
POMPEII IN PHILLY
This month Philadelphia guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy to the The Franklin Institute in "One Day in Pompeii", opening this weekend. The exhibit tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire. In addition to the objects, multimedia and film elements (like a captivating CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) complete this remarkable exhibit. Don’t miss it!