4 Hotels with Museum-Worthy Art Collections

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday August 6, 2019

Shinola Hotel
Shinola Hotel  (Source:Nicole Franzen)

Art has come a long way in the hospitality industry. Hotels now feature curators and original works. From the 21c Museum hotels to the stellar collection at the new Park MGM, art is now front and center.

Here's a look at four hotels boasting worthy collections, each located in destinations that pulsate with art and culture.

Shinola Hotel, Detroit
The recently opened Shinola Hotel, from Detroit-based companies Shinola and Bedrock, is located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Designed by Gachot, the hotel boasts an art program curated by Detroit-based gallery Library Street Collective that emphasizes the brand's Detroit roots. The 129-room property is operated by Mac&Lo and features food and beverage venues overseen by Chef Andrew Carmellini of NoHo Hospitality Group.

Shinola's collection features works by a significant number of Detroit artists, as well as those nationally and internationally who have presented their work through exhibitions, murals and installations in the city. One particular standout piece is "Tondo" by fabric sculptor Nick Cave.

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Fitler Club, Philadelphia
The 14-room hotel was designed by a team comprised of Fitler Club's Founder and CEO, David Gutstadt, Head of Design, Amanda Potter, and LA award-winning architecture firm M-Rad and offers guests exclusive access to the club's amenities including a world-class gym and spa (The Field House), a restaurant with a menu by renowned chef Mark Vetri (The Dining Room), collaborative workspaces (The Study) and more. The Club also boasts a museum-quality art collection, with much of it from its founders' collections.

Notable highlights include Joseph Beuys' "La rivoluzione siamo Noi," Charles Gaines' "Numbers and Trees," Alex Katz's "Suite of 3", Adam Pendleton's 36-piece "Our Ideas" and Damien Hirst's "Forgotten Blossom."

Fitler Club also offers residencies to artists in exchange for work that becomes part of the club's ever-evolving environment. Fitler Club's first artist in residence is King Saladeen, a Philadelphian whose abstract work has been displayed at the New York Stock Exchange, and whose capsule collection for Champion x FootAction was a smash sellout. As part of his residency, he has created a bespoke mural called "Motion, Energy and Movement" inside Fitler Club's Field House.

Fitler Club also works with Philadelphia arts collective, Tiny Room for Elephants, to curate a miniature gallery and mural inside a photo-booth room in the club's high-tech event space with the first gallery show by Philadelphia artist Flygirrl.

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Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Perched atop a bluff in Watch Hill, Ocean House is Rhode Island's first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel. The property boasts an impressive 250-piece art collection with work by Ludwig Bemelmans, which includes original work form the famous "Madeline" children's book.

Ocean House also offers an Artist In Residence program which aims to foster collaboration in the community and celebrates the arts while furthering art education. Tours of the galleries, artist interactions where they explain their inspirations, private art watercolor lessons, and Cork & Canvas events are all offered to guests as part of this initiative.

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Hamilton Princess, Bermuda
Nicknamed the "Pink Palace," the crown gem of Bermuda,Hamilton Princess initially opened its doors in 1885 and is the perfect blend of vintage with a modern twist. The property was purchased in 2012 by the Green Family who now proudly displays more than 300 modern and pop contemporary works throughout the property.

Guests can expect pieces of work from some of the best contemporary artists including Warhol (roughly 40 alone), Banksy, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Julian Opie, Yayoi Kusama, and Ai Wei Wei throughout the lobby, public spaces, corridors, suites, and even the gym. The property has its own art curator who leads guided tours every Saturday. Standout pieces include "Reigning Queens," a stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth II finished in 1985 (two years prior to Warhol's passing); "Mick Jagger," a series of four paintings showcasing different emotions and expressions of the Rolling Stones lead singer, and "At this Time," a towering 18-foot wooden sculpture by KAWS located in the outside courtyard.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.

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