Hyatt Regency’s The Churchill hotel in London will display a number of artworks from the Saatchi Gallery throughout 2012 as part of an exclusive partnership.
This is the first time in the gallery’s history that it will be working exclusively with a central London five-star hotel to create what it calls a ‘cultural playground’ throughout the hotel. The Saatchi Gallery, located on the King’s Road since 2008, has been displaying cutting-edge contemporary art for free since 1985.
The first of a series of three exhibitions taking place at the hotel throughout 2012 will open on February 1. Entitled One Giant Leap, the exhibition represents the beginning of the unique partnership between gallery and hotel, but also acts as an introduction to the wide range of works drawn from the Saatchi Gallery’s collection. The hotel hopes that the exhibition will provide a welcome contrast from the traditional image of The Churchill and also that the artwork provokes and surprises its guests over the next year.
Highlights of the exhibition include Martin Honert’s Reisen, a sculpture of two giants, each almost three-metres high; a series of small paintings featuring children, teenagers and young athletes by acclaimed painter Chantal Joffe; Christina Mackie’s life-size hippopotamus; two paintings by Dexter Dalwood in his vision of what you might find if you were invited into the homes of Liberace and the Queen; and Stella Vine’s homage to Margaret Thatcher.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Alvaro Valeriani, area director of sales and marketing for The Churchill, said that he hopes the installation of these interesting pieces will help make the hotel “not just another stop for the business man, but something to remember and say: ‘I’ve been there.’”
In addition, from February 1 to April 30, a limited edition Saatchi Gallery Suite will be available for guests to stay in. This exclusive suite will feature a collection of Saatchi Gallery works, some of which have not yet been exhibited within the gallery. The suite's luxury bathroom will also be designed by young artist Celine Fitoussi with a ‘wall-to-wall soap installation,’ which is intended to create a more interactive element as guests can smell and scratch messages into the walls.
The Limited Edition Saatchi Gallery Suite is available from £700 per night for the stated period, subject to availability. Guests can make a reservation by contacting the hotel directly on: +44 20 7486 5800, or emailing [email protected].
This move comes following a full refurbishment of the Churchill (see online news January 26, 2011), which was completed spring last year.
Business Traveller will be publishing a feature about the relationship between art and hotel design in the March 2012 print edition – to subscribe click here.
Report by Scott Carey