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.
Our favorite guest shot of the week via Sofitel Philadelphia.
Gold is an essential element of Thai culture. Indeed the word Siam, as Thailand was originally called, means ‘gold’ in Sanskrit; the Indians called it Suvannabhumi (Land of Gold), and the Chinese Jin Lin (Peninsula of Gold).
Today Thailand has one of the more open gold markets in the world with more than 6,000 registered stores. Some of our favorites are located along Yaowarat Road in Bangkok, around 15 minutes from Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Who better to showcase this than one of the most promising Brazilian models ever, Aline Weber. We adore her work last month with Vogue Thailand, the thirteenth issue to date by one of the newest international editions from Condé Nast’s fashion Bible. ‘Aline Weber Takes Control’ is a visual mix of complex wonder and style by photographer Nat Prakobsantisuk. Visit Vogue Thailand on Instagram to see more.
You only have a few days left to see the decadent jewels of the Parisian atelier JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a short distance from Sofitel New York. The exhibition features a selection of Joel A. Rosenthal’s finest pieces all executed with the most exquisite gem stones including diamonds, sapphires, garnets, topazes, tourmalines, and citrines.
The Paris-based designer has been called “the single greatest jeweler of our time” (by actress Ellen Barkin) and “the Fabergé of our time” (by designer Diane von Furstenberg). His shop in Paris’ Place Vendôme - only minutes from Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg - has no display window and no regular hours. It does not advertise and opens its doors to only a select few. And perhaps fewer than 100 truly magnifique pieces are crafted annually by his artisans.
JAR | Tulip Brooch | 2008 | Private collection