Pieces by Malaga artist Pedro Rodriguez, which have even appeared in the American movie Night at the Museum 2, are part of the exhibition space in the hotel entrance, featuring the main protagonist, “Olly” the bull.
January 2015 – The collectors, art lovers and clients of the hotel can now enjoy the artwork of local artist Pedro Rodríguez from Málaga displayed in Kempinski Hotel Bahía, the result of a strong relationship between the hotel Andalusian art.
This relationship started in 2010 with an exhibition and sale of small sculptures by Pedro in the display cabinets and in the boutique of the hotel. From then on, it has only strengthened.
Art plays an important role at Kempinski Hotel Bahía and Pedro’s art gallery is his own space where he displays gorgeous pieces that express the true emotions of Andalucía, such as bulls, horses and other sculptures made of marble, wood, bronze and clay. He is a true master of his art.
His emblem – Orgulloso – has now become the Kempinski Bull and stands tall and proud in the hotel lobby as the new mascot of the hotel and watches over the lobby and the entrance. The staff affectionately calls it “Olly”. The sculpture is made of polyurea, measures 190 x 170 cm (74.8 x 66.9 in) and weighs some 80 kg (176.4 lbs).
Bulls have always been very present in Pedro Rodriguez’s life. He became famous when his bull sculptures appeared in the American movie Night at the Museum 2.
Born in Malaga in 1958, Pedro Rodríguez is a great Mediterranean artist that expresses his zest for life and an exaltation and exuberance for nature. Although he studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Málaga and attended modelling classes at the Universidad Popular de Coín, he also considers himself an autodidact. He has participated in art experiments with other artists, such as exhibiting and creating, performance art and contemporary plastic manifestations. The subjects he chooses to represent remind us of his origins: bulls, horses, mermaids, etc. In his statues, Pedro captures the veneration and totemic value of these animals and raises them to the status of symbols. Like any art manifestation that reaches this degree of creation, he generalises through allegoric volume concepts and values that are universally understood this way.
About Kempinski Hotel Bahía:
Kempinski Hotel Bahía is located along the Costa del Sol in Andalucía, outside the charming village of Estepona. This lavish, five-star property sits within perfectly manicured gardens on a beach overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and African coastline. Kempinski Hotel Bahía features 128 elegantly decorated rooms and 17 luxurious suites. All rooms and suites feature a balcony or terrace and varying degrees of sea views.
Four restaurants and three bars complete the culinary offer focused on regional Mediterranean cuisine. The extensive pool landscape is surrounded by subtropical gardens with more than 350 varieties of plants and trees. The hotel’s own organic vegetable garden provides the on-site restaurants with fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits. Kempinski Hotel Bahía is part of Leading Hotels of the World and is both the perfect place to relax as well as launch an exploration of the region’s cultural highlights.
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 manages a portfolio of 73 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 hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.
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For more information about Kempinski Hotel Bahía:
Nadine Gebauer • Public Relation Executive • Kempinski Hotel Bahía
Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 159 • 29680 Estepona/Marbella • Spain
Tel +34 952 809 505 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.Kempinski.com/Marbella