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Sleeping is becoming the least in countless hotels, which offer everything in addition to a fluffy bed no matter how designed. Read gastronomic days, gold massages, tai chi classes or a selection of works of art peeking out of every corner. This is the case of the following Madrid accommodations, which have made this discipline one of their reasons for being.
We start the route at the Four Seasons, which brings together more than 1,500 paintings, sculptures and photographs among the seven buildings that make up the hotel, which can be visited by making an appointment in privateer. The curator Paloma Fernández-Iriondo was in charge of nurturing the art hotel, reflecting the nineteenth-century history of these buildings, "also honoring the twenty-first century by showing commitment to today's local community." Thus, he opted to create a collection that was "exceptional" in concept and quality, "juxtaposing the ancient and the modern". His goal was to turn the Four Seasons into a platform to foster emerging Spanish creativity, for which he organized a competition in the schools of Fine Arts in Madrid, Malaga and Seville.
Sculptures in one of the rooms of the Four Seasons.
Over four years, more than 500 proposals were submitted in the categories of painting, graphic work, on paper, plaster, photography and sculpture. 75 were selected, to which must be added 300 reproductions made in collaboration with the Prado Museum or the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, as well as a multitude of commissions such as Starry Night, composed of 500 brass fragments arranged on a curved wall of the lobby.
The Roosewood Villa Magna, in the heart of the capital's Paseo de la Castellana, has a collection of 380 works. Not surprisingly, the building is a reference in itself to the architecture, art, culture and design of Spain, which can be discovered through the patterns, fabrics, materials and color palette of both the rooms and the common spaces. There the pieces selected by the British firm ArtLink, an expert in contemporary art, sneak in. Some remember the personalities who toured this old Palace of Anglada such as Juan Anglada y Ruiz himself and the Marquis of Villamagna, present in the bar Tarde.O.
Portrait room of the Tarde.O bar of the Roosewood Villa Magna.
The evocation of Madrid aesthetics and Spanish fashion, from Balenciaga to Oteyza, can be seen with 3D works in the lobby, where a Botero temporarily waits. In the restaurant Las Brasas, meanwhile, homage is paid to tradition with creations inspired by still lifes. Without forgetting the Transversal Villages installed in the garden until April 13. Until the 2nd, you can also enjoy an authentic alpine experience in El Chalet Suizo recreated as a pop-up. The raclette and the fondue are the protagonists, of course, paired (why not?) with Perrier Jouet champagne.
Another hotel with its own private collection is that of the VP Plaza España Design, which brings together around 300 original works by more than 12 artists. They are distributed throughout the rooms: from the rooms to the event or meeting rooms, passing through the spa or the Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar. The most recognized is The Waterfall, an impressive kinetic waterfall of more than 25 meters high -it is considered one of the largest interior sculptures in Europe-, created exclusively by the Spanish Pere Gifre.
Exhibition 'Vacation from my life' at the VP Plaza España Design.
The hotel also organizes exhibitions and performances in which the public can interact with the pieces. Like Vacation from my life, by the digital artist Morysetta, whose purpose is to "escape from routine and travel to a place where reality and fantasy merge" through the collage technique and its projection on LED screens.
FROM TRIBAL DESIGN TO ZAHA HADID
URBAN. Pure exoticism. This five-star hotel combines avant-garde design with original pieces of ethnological and tribal art from Papua New Guinea, owned by the president of the Derby Hotels chain. In addition, Chinese, Hindu and African works are exhibited in the different spaces of the building.
AMERICA GATE. Author rooms. This hotel is a work of art in itself, since each floor sports a different design, signed by 19 of the best architecture studios in the world. Not surprisingly, four Pritzker prizes participated: Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Jean Nouvel.
Tribal art in Madrid's Urban.
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