Geneva, 11 March, 2013: Central European Kempinski hotels will join forces for Kempinski Art Weeks 2013. From March to September, properties in the region will present a selection of local artists and their artwork, including paintings, sculptures and photography, highlighting the theme of this series of events: Remarkable European Flair.
The events will feature an exhibition in a dedicated gallery space, which where possible will be in the hotel itself, in gorgeous venues such as the Kempinski Gallery in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. Other hotels’ exhibitions will find homes in unique locations like the lobby or the bar. Most participating hotels will offer a special Kempinski Art Lovers Package, including accommodation, breakfast, admission to the art gallery and/or a guided tour by the artist, along with other extras.
Art defines Europe’s culture, and remains a fundamental European value. It is very much like food: a necessity that does not just nourish, but satiates and delights. Which is why, when deciding on and visiting a destination, one of the considerations many take into account is the quality and sophistication of the area’s art.
The Kempinski philosophy considers local culture and art very important. It is part of Kempinski hotels’ mission to bring to both guests and local clientele the very best and most beautiful things in their cities, as well as creative and constantly evolving local art.
Kempinski Hotel Adriatic (March - May) will showcase Slavica Marin, who is well known for her work in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Italy. There is a specific theme to her work in all the mediums in which she creates art (paintings, sculptures, objects, installations and fashion design): a close connection to nature.
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko Bulgaria (May - July) will present Vasil Dokev-Vado, an artist with fascinating paintings that speak of a love for detail as well as a strong sense of form. Inspired by ancient ideograms, Dokev-Vado communicates in a sacred language in a modern way. Special Offer
Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava (March) hosts a part of a unique photo exhibition, which is a result of a two-year collaboration of three professional Master QEP photographers – Pascal Baetens from Belgium, Jørgen Brandt from Denmark and Martin Vrabko from Slovakia. They have met in three different locations for three days and worked under the same conditions, but each in their very own style. In Bratislava their different view of sensuality and emotions in portraits is presented.
Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace Bruges (April - September) has operated its own contemporary art gallery since opening in 2008, located in the garden inside the hotel and offering ongoing exhibitions.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest (March - May) will exhibit the Hungarian artist MSL in its Kempinski Gallery. The best way to understand MSL’s work is to consider each piece as a coded message. MSL often turns to mythology for inspiration. Exploring his paintings, the observer will realise that the seemingly abstract work is in fact rather figurative. Special Offer
Kempinski High Tatras (April - May) will present Julie Haluzova, the creator of one of the largest screens in Slovakia. This piece of art will decorate the hotel’s impressive staircase.
Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich (March - May) will present images by Susanne Frehse, a talented new artist from Munich, Germany. Her works are abstract colour landscapes characterised by the spontaneous and intuitive application of colour. These images act like windows through which one can look and discover new landscapes.
Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Munich (March - May) will present the images of Alexander Zietzschmann, whose art has been described as elegant and serene and is widely celebrated in the field of culinary art. Mr Zietzschmann creates decorative worlds of total enjoyment, stimulating the imagination, sharpening the visual senses and inspiring desire. They offer a one-of-a-kind invitation to leisure, pleasure and creativity.
Kempinski Hotel Portoroz (June - August) will showcase Dean Dubokovic, who over his career of some twenty years has earned a reputation as one of Slovenia’s best photographers. His exhibition is titled "Nature – Cities”.
Kempinski Hotel Hybernska Prague (April - September) will offer a peak into the oeuvre of Jaromir Gargulak, a master of bronze statues who employs a special method of casting on a tapering wax model to create beautiful pieces of art. Special Offer
Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia (March - May) will present the artwork of three local artists: Pancho Malezanov, Angel Pachamanov and Rumyana Rusinova. These artists are of different generations and different educational backgrounds. The artists utilise different techniques as well, revealing the diversity of local talent and the richness of artistic interpretation and artistic impact. All of them depict the uniqueness of Bulgarian nature, culture and history in the universal language of art, reaching right to the soul. Special Offer
Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square Vilnius (March - May) will show the work of Audrius Grazys, one of the most interesting young artists in the field of Lithuanian contemporary art. Grazys is noted for his artistic expression, intense emotion and inventive artistic techniques, making frequent use of instant, single strokes of the brush. His works have multiple layers, possess a certain sense of poetry, give a window to a volatile mind, radiate energy and resemble Hindu Mandalas. Special Offer
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
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