I love art! I’ve been known to spend nearly the whole day meandering through MOMA or The Whitney. A museum’s divided wings--Impressionism, Photography, Renaissance, Sculpture--instill a sense of reverence. I’ve realized over time that when art is outside the confines of its traditional setting, a formality is lifted. What was inert and silent, suddenly breathes and the surrounding atmosphere comes to life.
Imagine my giddiness as I entered the Conrad New York. An entire 15 story lobby of deep blue and purple loops swimming across the wall! I climbed the grand staircase and met an expansive bright yellow wall with curly ribbons of color sprouting from the top and bottom! The hotel felt subtly playful, yet so sophisticated; I found myself smiling, feeling hopeful and excited. (Cue Maya Angelou. “People will never forget how you made them feel.”)
Actually if you think about it, art in hotels is a natural way of connecting culture to hospitality. It contributes to a vivid atmosphere, while at the same time creating a lodging experience instead of a night in a hotel.
At The Conrad New York there are 2000 works of art throughout the hotel property. The designers of this hotel have nailed the marriage of art and hospitality by including post WWII masters, as well as contemporary artists. “Loopy Doopy,” the blue and purple tour de force in the lobby I mentioned earlier, not only evokes a calm feeling as soon as you walk through the doors, but it is also the largest and most revered piece of work by the late artist Sol LeWitt. 100 gallons of paint, 3000 man hours and 8000 square feet of wall later and a masterpiece is now a hotel or perhaps, the hotel is now a masterpiece.
Another pièce de résistance on the walls of the Conrad New York is Imi Knoebel’s Mennige. The east entry of the atrium lobby welcomes guests with extra large cartwheeling red rectangles. Knoebel was one of Germany’s most important leading artists of the post-war period. He says that when he looks at a painting, he doesn’t think, but he simply takes in its beauty. Knoebel and I could be best friends! Seeing a painting is only one part of experiencing it. Taking in its beauty and feeling it is what makes it come alive. The Conrad New York is effortlessly doing just that-- bringing art to life and allowing art to become part of life. I love it!
If you wish to view the brochure of what is on display in Conrad New York click here.
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