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Kempinski Art Weeks

Kempinski Hotel Zografski Sofia has joined in the Central European Kempinski initiative Kempinski Art Weeks 2013. The purpose of the initiative is to present a selection of local artists and their artwork highlighting the theme of the Remarkable European Flair.

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 Zografski Sofia together with Makta gallery present the artwork of three local artists: Radi Nedelchev, Pancho Malezanov and Hristo Hristov. Artists of different generations and different educational backgrounds, they utilise different techniques, revealing the diversity of local talent and the richness of artistic interpretation and artistic impact and depicting the uniqueness of Bulgarian nature, culture and history in the universal language of art, reaching right to the soul.

Radi Nedelchev was born in 1938 and has been defined by the critics as a naive artist. In his art filled with love, nostalgia and hope, the world seems more beautiful: spring is fabulously soft and winter landscapes take us back to the memory of childhood and snow games, of light and tranquility. He has been awarded with a number of prizes and awards and has exhibited his pictures in many cities including Geneva, Paris, Munich, Prague, Moscow, Tokyo, Zagreb, Athens, Montreal, Washington, etc. Author of exhibitions in Morges - Switzerland, Budapest, Berlin, Paris.

The art of Pancho Malezanov focuses on the relation between urban environment and nature and especially on the so called “flying landscape from a bird’s eye view” presented through bright colours and the blue as basis of author’s art search. Pancho Malezanov has participated in various individual and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the USA, Germany, UK, Greece, Bulgaria and many of his pictures are part of private collections around the globe.

Hristo Hristov gives the opportunity for coming closer with the magic and finesse of sculpture. From bronze he creates authentic figures and images from the Bulgarain folklore and Balkan mythology, seeks the meaning of the sign, strives for simplicity combined with the rhythm of composition and architectonics. Many of his creations are part of art collections in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and others.

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko Bulgaria presents 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.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic showcases 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 River Park Bratislava 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.

Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace Bruges 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 exhibits 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.

Kempinski High Tatras presents 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 presents 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 presents 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 showcases 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 offers 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.

Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square Vilnius shows 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.