Art Hotel Vienna
A design hotel in Vienna as an art hotel: At Le Méridien you discover art – in the public areas, guest rooms and suites. Art here is never static. Emerging protagonists of the Austrian art scene stage their work. Contrasts of old and new create atmosphere. They stand for the zest for life of guests and hosts: the luxury of a Ringstrasse hotel + the intellectual inspiration of an art installation.
We discover: ARTISTS! 2. You discover: ART! The dialogue of art and interior decor results in a new “Gesamtkunstwerk”, a total work of art – that is the philosophy of Le Méridien Vienna.
For artists Le Méridien presents an exceptional stage for installations. Aesthetics + function – very livable.
Le Méridien = art hotel in Vienna: Students and graduates of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (curator, Bettina Henkel) exhibit their work in the Video Lounge @ Le Méridien. At the ARTIST SPACE young artists have an exhibition area of their own. On the gallery wall of Le Méridien’s bar hang works and information about exceptional events. Le Méridien’s UnlockArt partner is 21erhaus. Kunsthalle Wien also makes use of Le Méridien as exhibition space.
To celebrate Le Méridien’s tenth birthday two artists created Art Experience Suites, art objects in which guests can stay. Hotel suites that are conventionally designed with functionality foremost in mind here tell art-related stories. They interpret the view outside and render it a modern treasure chamber.
Art Experience Suites
White on white. And an unusual view of the Hofburg palace through hand-etched glass: The suite is simple perfection – completely different from its imperially opulent counterpart with which it shares a visual axis. Artist Mona Hahn (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) stages a profusion of detail in a whiteout-like framework. New aspects are continually revealed to the attentive eye. Light from an ever changing sky illuminates the room through a long front of windows. Shadows and the sun’s rays play on the interior.
Gudrun Kampl Suite 303 OPERA ROSSA
Tactile stimulation, paintings resembling dreams: Gudrun Kampl’s Art Experience Suite is a fairytale forest in red. Artistic details are coded references to sagas and myths. The observer’s memories provide material for a continually evolving plot with new stories staged against a backdrop of red, white and light colored wood. Fantasy grows on intertwined silhouettes – lianas and branches seem to move. But the forest is a protective shell that shelters its dwellers with care.
Works of art created especially for this Vienna design hotel are on permanent display:
Ilse Haider - Sculptural portraits of Romy Schneider and Oskar Werner
Irene Andessner - Multimedia installation “Will-o'-the-Wisp”
Walter Schnabl - “Achilles’ Shield”
Gudrun Kampl - “Sleep” inscription above the reception desk, two hovering “body shells”
Peter Sengl - “Sengl Sit”
Claudia Nebel: Energetic screen – the red carpet over which guests at “The First Night at Le Méridien” strode
Matthias Herrmann- Photographs
Fritz Simak - Photographs
Brigitte Bruckner-Mikl: “Speed”- painting of a Vespa
Mumu Simply Delighting: Photograph, “Adornment”
And more: Katharina Prantl – watercolour, Bertram Hasenauer – drawings, TOMAK – drawing, Clemens Wolf – sculpture, Maria Hobbing, Stefan Wykydal – paper installations, Christof Speich – paper installations, Tom Fleischhauer, Margit Mader – collage, Carlos Perez, Roman Pfeffer – installation from sand paper, Walter Bauer, Ramona Schnekenburger „Mädchen mit Windrädern”, Oliver Roman „Vertrauenssame“, Mona Hahn - paper installations in Art Suite, Nichola Aigner – Photograph, Michael Ornauer - „Dove“, Peter Rick mural painting, Jahresgaben d. Secession, Hermann Staudinger, masterpieces from Kunsthalle Wien, 21er Haus.