Some of today’s most exciting hotels function as live-in galleries, exhibiting commissioned and acquired installations and sculptural pieces by major contemporary artists.While their works run the gamut, many evoke a futurist vision of space-age forms, neon deities, and artifacts from the beyond.
1 —This neon sculpture, by Portland-based artist Dan Attoe, features one of his trademark sexualized angels. It was first exhibited as part of his 2008 show, “Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals,” at Peres Projects in Berlin.
11 Howard, New York, United States
2 —“Numbers Runners,” an interactive 1979 installation by the iconic New York artist and electronic music pioneer Laurie Anderson, is part of the phenomenal Dakis Joannou Collection. One of the world’s most important art collectors, New Hotel owner Joannou is also the founder of the influential DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.
New Hotel, Athens, Greece
3 —The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm created this 2007 work, “UFO,” as part of a parody series taking on the cultural phenomenon of car fetishism in what he called “a clear criticism of our consumer society.” The work incorporates an authentic roof of a 1940s-era Porsche.
The Met Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece
“Man is an artifact designed for space travel.”
– William S. Burroughs
4 —This sculptural work by Gastón Ugalde, Bolivia’s most important living artist, was inspired by his travels through the country’s varied and dramatic landscape. Known as the “Andean Warhol,” Ugalde is a video art pioneer whose 50-year career has helped change the face of Latin American art.
Atix Hotel, La Paz, Bolivia
5 —These human-like rabbit sculptures are the work of Colin Seah’s innovative Singapore-based architectural firm Ministry of Design (MOD). The 3D-pixelated sculptures are a nod to the surrounding lake environment, interpreted through MOD’s transgressive spatial aesthetic, applied most recently to Singapore’s Race Robotics Lab.
Vue Hotel Houhai Beijing, China
The preceding is excerpted from an article in the 2018 edition of Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels—more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. Buy it here for €10 or get a complimentary copy when you order the 2018 Design Hotels Book.