The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre is offering a new package to guests, created to showcase the luxury hotel’s burgeoning art collection, including over 20 new sculptures just arrived at the hotel, on loan from Opera Gallery, DIFC. ‘Discover with You’ invites guests to explore the artworks in a unique way, by enjoying a private tour of the hotel’s own collection, as well as the DIFC gallery, guided by Opera Gallery’s General Manager, Annamaria Bersani.
A long term partner of the gallery, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC has an impressive art collection of its own with over 100 paintings on display around the hotel. This is complemented by a diverse range of around 30 sculptures, which Opera Gallery provides and changes on a quarterly basis. This month has seen the delivery of 20 new sculptures from internationally-renowned artists including Laurence Jenkell, Frederico Uribe and Mauro Corda. Highlights include ‘Jack the Dog’ by French artist Fabienne Arietti, a striking yet elegant bright purple Bull Terrier that welcomes guests to the lobby, and L’Espadon by Mauro Corda, a three meter long aluminum swordfish that sits in the stunning waterfall in The Sunken Garden (see overleaf for further collection highlights).
Along with the exclusive guided tours, ‘Discover with You’ offers overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room or Executive Suite, including breakfast, and Dhs185 to spend in the hotel’s restaurants or spa.
Lothar Quarz, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC believes the package will prove popular with the hotel’s guests: “As global travelers, we know that our guests are seeking unique experiences when they travel, and our extensive art collection provides an additional memorable experience for them to enjoy. Our partnership with Opera Gallery ensures we always have fresh pieces for our guests to explore, and by providing a guided tour with an expert in the field, we are able to enhance the overall experience even further.”
Annamaria Bersani, General Manager of Opera Gallery, DIFC, adds: “I am delighted to be leading the guided tours for guests of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, as we are making art accessible for everyone, and are able to showcase our artwork in two completely different environments. Guests can enjoy the sculptures in the informal surroundings of the hotel, followed by the latest exhibitions in our DIFC gallery.”
Opera Gallery is just a five-minute walk from The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC and the guided tours can be tailored to the request of the guest, taking between 30 and 90 minutes.
“Jack the Dog” by Fabienne Arietti and Dominique Maraval
Location: The Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
“Jack the Dog” was created in 2009, by French artists, Fabienne Arietti and Dominique Maraval who wanted to combine their talent: allegorical and politicized artworks for Maraval, and aesthetic and ancient painting techniques for Arietti. With “Jack” they wanted to create beauty from the bizarre, by trying to make this singular animal, the bull terrier, elegant and graceful.
“Cypresse” by Frederico Uribe
Location: The Lobby, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Uribe is a Colombian artist, now located in Miami. A conceptual artist, he experiments with pop art through the use of objects found in daily life, but with formal references to the history and tradition of classical art. “Cypresse” is a tree made from recycled books, symbolizing the circle of life for books, all of which came originally from a tree. The tree also represents a second life for the books, as a piece of art.
“Le Loup” by Mauro Corda
Location: Entrance to the spa, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
“Le Loup” meaning ‘the wolf” represents the animal, who according to Roman mythology, protected Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers who are said to have founded the City of Rome. The sculpture is made from bronze and glass, created by French artist, Mauro Corda.
“L’Espadon” by Mauro Corda
Location: The Sunken Garden, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
A three meter long swordfish made entirely from aluminium, portraying a floating swordfish in a metallic cage. French artist Corda was heavily influenced and inspired by the opti-cinetic movement of the 1950s. Further sculptures of fish from Corda are featured throughout the hotel, in areas including The Lobby Lounge and No.5 Terrace.
“Bonbon Mimosa” by Laurence Jenkell
Location: The entrance of The Club Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
A French artist, Jenkell’s works are inspired by chocolate and sweets, which she describes as a woman’s ‘best friend’ and depict objects of pleasure or sweet childlike memories, attracting the senses as bees are attracted to honey. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC is currently displaying five of Jenkell’s “Bon Bon” sculptures, with “Bon Bon Mimosa” the tallest, standing at two meters high. She developed a new process referred to as “Wrapping”: the idea is to magnify an object by draping and twisting Lucite, perfectly capturing the shiny, transparent and rainbow-colored wrappings used by candy manufacturers.
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