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Seven Art-rich Hotels

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Words Vidula KotianDate 05 October 2021

Art is one of the prime ways we have of opening ourselves and going beyond ourselves. It’s the product of the human being in the world and imagination, all coming together,

posits writer Olivia Laing. It’s no wonder that we seek art in all kinds of moods—joyous, sad, lonely, rebellious, or uncertain. To truly experience the transformative powers of art, we recommend sleeping, eating, and relaxing amidst some world-class works. Here are seven hotels where creative expression comes in many forms.

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Connect the dots Solo exhibition by Anastasia Papaleonida

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The Bold Type The exterior provides the perfect canvas for Papaleonida's works

Solo shows in Patras

The Bold Type

Following in the footsteps of Patras’ cultural heritage—the historic Apollo Theater was built in 1872 here and the Roman Conservatory is still used today for musical and theatrical events—The Bold Type Hotel, as its name suggests, is making a strong foray into becoming a new creative hub in this ancient Greek city. To that end, the hotel has invited a new generation of Greek artists to work and experiment within its spaces, including street artist Dimitris Ntokos, whose work is inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics; Anastasia Papaleonida, whose experimentation with dots and lines can be found on the hotel’s exterior; and Marilia Kolibiri, who uses household items to question the relationship between man and object.

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Sculptural compositions Marilia Kolibiri is inspired by everyday household objects

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Monochrome Brick and plaster surfaces highlight Papaleonida's works

Feeling art in Arles

Le Collatéral

Le Collatéral in Arles in the South of France is much more than a hotel with four rooms set in the meditative silence of a transformed cathedral. It is a work of art that should be experienced. While the pieces scattered over the public and private rooms come from all over, many local artists and galleries are showcased in Le Collatéral, such as Reeve Schumacher’s textile sculpture made of stranded matters found on the Rhone riverbank or Delphine Denereaz’s tapestry made of recycled materials that recall an antique theater. Owner Philippe Schiepan, whose light installations give the hotel spaces a cinematic quality, recently collaborated with Louis Vuitton and French photographer and filmmaker Sarah Moon to present a new Cities on Earth.

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Philippe Schiepan On a staircase that's rigged with a soothing soundtrack

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The grand salon Reeve Schumacher's installation and "S" table by Roderick Fry and Emilie Bonaventure

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Light installation Schiepan's illuminated work

Artist residencies in L.A. and Austin

Proper Hotels

Teaming up with Tappan Collective, a California-based company reinventing the approach to discovering and collecting global contemporary art, Proper Hotel & Residencies recently hosted two artists-in-residency programs at their properties. Los Angeles-based artist Marleigh Culver was moved by the open spaces, amazing lighting, and lovely objects that surrounded her at Hotel June. The resulting Matisse-inspired gestural floral paintings celebrate the joyousness of this West L.A. hotspot. At Austin Proper Hotel, photographer Danny Lane explored the Texas environment and captured architectural details within the hotel through color-driven, cinematic images shot on 35mm film. 

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Artist in residence Danny Lane at Austin Proper Hotel

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Artist in residence Marleigh Culver at Hotel June

Artistic democracy in El Paso

Stanton House

Set in the heart of El Paso, just a short distance from the U.S./Mexico border, Stanton House is an art-rich design gem with a collection of original prints, paintings, and sculptures that include works from both accomplished and up-and-coming Mexican, European, and local artists. Highlights here include Damien Hirst’s Butterfly collection, muralist El Mac’s Aerosol, and Paola Rascón’s Cholo series questioning the cholo community identity. Rascón’s larger oil on canvas in the lobby utilizes its impressive size, dramatic lighting, and the theatrical gesturing of the Baroque portrait style to draw your attention. As hotel Original Miguel Fernandez notes,

“People are astonished to see a work by Damien Hirst, and next to it comparable works from regional artists that are just as meaningful. That’s what drives us.”

Miguel Fernandez

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Untitled 2018 Mural by Ricardo Chavarria on Stanton House's facade

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Stanton House The historic building houses a contemporary collection of art

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Silence Surreal image by Hungarian fine art photographer Flóra Borsi

Activist art in Tokyo

Trunk Hotel Cat Street

No strangers to the draw of upcycling—the hotel’s tissue boxes utilize residual leather from an apparel factory in the neighborhood, for example—Trunk Hotel Cat Street provides a place where earth-friendly efforts are not forced or obligatory but rather a hint to incorporate them into your lifestyle through art and experiences. Recently the property’s lounge was the stage for an installation of discarded beach sandals that were upcycled by eight artists, including Ayaka Fukano, Mayumi Yamase, and Saka Matsushita for Think (OCEAN), addressing the issue of ocean pollution. The exhibition also included a one-day workshop to customize flip-flops. Proceeds from the sale were used for beach cleanup and environmental education activities through Surfrider Foundation Japan, an association that works to protect the coastal environment in Japan.

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Think (OCEAN) An installation confronting the issue of marine pollution

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Trunk Hotel Cat Street This Tokyo hub features both changing and permanent exhibitions

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Concept store Trunk curates a collection of functional and earth-friendly local items

Masterpieces within a masterwork on Matsuyama

Okcs Retreat Setouchi Aonagi

Minimalism abounds at Setouchi Retreat by Onko Chishin, both in the architecture by legendary architect Tadao Ando and in the works on display at the hotel. The dining room at this converted art museum looks out at a stunning waterfall and fountain that Ando designed as a work of art in its own right, and complements a piece by the leading post-war American minimalist abstract painter Frank Stella. Guests also discover a large-scale work by calligrapher/visual artist Rieko Kawabe, whose practice is rooted in Japanese aesthetic traditions. Then there’s Yutaka Ono, whose evocative landscape pieces have a soothing meditative quality.

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Rieko Kawabe Her aesthetics are inflected by her experience as a Shinto priest

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Frank Stella The minimalist painter's works seem to burst from the canvas

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Yutaka Ono Is it a meditative Zen garden or a sculpture?

Rotating art in Eindhoven


With a 2,500 square-meter exhibition space that changes shows every four months, Kazerne celebrates the impact of art and design by immersing guests in an environment where they eat, drink, meet, and sleep surrounded by recent works of world-class talent. In collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, the hotel showcased New Melancholy by world renowned trends forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort. The exhibition combines artworks from the museum with design objects that Edelkoort has collected during her career. Together, they reflect on what might be called the current emotional state of the world.

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Kazerne Home to an ever-evolving scene of stimulating visual design

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Allan McCollum At Lidewij Edelkoort's New Melancholy exhibition

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Dual exhibition Edelkoort's design collection is showcased alongside the museum's

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Glass, brick and steel Kazerne is set in a former military barracks and an adjoining industrial warehouse

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Elisabeth Schelvis A contemplation on tide and time

Featured Hotels

T Le Collateral Arles France

Le Collatéral

Arles, France
Stanton House

Stanton House

Texas, El Paso, USA
T Austin Proper Hotel Austin United States

Austin Proper Hotel

Texas, Austin, USA
T Hotel June Los Angeles United States

Hotel June West L.A.

California, Los Angeles, USA
T Kazerne Eindhoven Netherlands


Eindhoven, Netherlands

Featured Hotels

T Le Collateral Arles France

Le Collatéral

France, Arles
Stanton House

Stanton House

USA, El Paso, Texas
T Austin Proper Hotel Austin United States

Austin Proper Hotel

USA, Austin, Texas
T Hotel June Los Angeles United States

Hotel June West L.A.

USA, Los Angeles, California
T Kazerne Eindhoven Netherlands


Netherlands, Eindhoven
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