Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Strange Hotel - Work of Art

Arte Luise Kunsthotel is often called a "gallery where you can spent the night" in one of the Berlin's most exciting neighborhoods.

Comprising a neo-classical residential palais from 1825 and an addition from 2003, the hotel offers almost 50 rooms, a generous lobby, and an art gallery for holding events.

All rooms were decorated by a renown artist, whereby the entire room was included in the concept. Thus, every room is an original, and all rooms are only united by the high artistic standards with which the concepts have been carried out.

Elvira Bach
Drei Damen in Rot
Three Women In Red

Dynamic, sensuous, typical Elvira Bach! Three life-size female figures painted directly on the semicircular wall accentuate the room, which is otherwise elegantly styled in black and white.

Thomas Baumgärtel (Banana Sprayer)
Royal Suite

For more than 20 years, the “banana sprayer” has been uniting the most interesting locations in the world of art with his spray-painted bananas. Now he’s created a “royal suite” completely in gold, with the trademark bananas as symbols of fertility and love, and as a sign of the young, fresh art he helped shape.

Stefan Jung

In his paintings, the artist’s theme is the enlargement many times over of details or light through photography. Concentrating on the precise moment when the human eye tries to “zoom in” on an object, he transfers these images to canvas in his wall-sized painting, inspired by the night-time view from the hotel room window into Marienstrasse.

Dieter Finke
(Berlin, New York)

An archaic image of fire, animal sculptures, a shaman, and tree trunks fashioned into nightstands. A room installation that uses colour, material and sculptures to invoke associations of an adventure to another world. Go “ons afari”!

Wolfgang Petrick
Endmoräne Berlin
Endtime moraine Berlin

Berlin as a type of giant treasure trove, a highly varied collection of [hi]stories, biographies, structures and materials presented by the artist as a three dimensional installation with the quality of a translucent phantasm. For Wolfgang Petrick the work’s layering, accumulation and agglomeration are conducive to relaxation, imagination, communication and deep sleep.

Dieter Mammel
Mammels Traum
Mammel’s Dream

Never has the artist felt as comfortable and secure as when he stayed with his grandparents in the country as a child – in their, to his three-year old’s eyes, “gigantic” oak bed. In “Mammel’s Dream” he recreates this experience with an oversized bed.

Irene Hoppenberg
Vincent’s Bedroom

The color yellow is a visible theme in the artist's work: the color of light; the color of the south. Attribute it to her connection to Vincent van Gogh, who moved to Arles in the South of France because of the special light, because of the color yellow. It was there in France where many of van Gogh's most well-known pictures were created. The house he lived in was yellow; the different variations of paintings depicting the bedroom specifically have become one of his most famous motifs.
These were the same paintings that inspired Irene Hoppenberg's room installation at the Luise. With van Gogh's paintings on hand, she took this opportunity to create an actual space based on his images. The paintings then became a model for what the real room would look like.

Vincent's Bedroom is an artist's room at the "Künstlerheim." With images, bare furnishings, and simplicity it is meant to resemble the atmosphere and circumstances in which Vincent van Gogh lived. The artist wants to stimulate the imagination of the guests, who will be confronted with both the person and the work of one of the most famous artists in history during their stay at the hotel. Literature on the subject is also available to enable the process.

Nathalie Daoust
(Montreal/New York)

The crazy Berlin of the 1920s: when this city was alive with Cabarets despite the economic crisis and the rise of the National Socialists. The erotic dance shows and diverse establishments of one of Berlin's hottest and most frivolous phases is the theme for this artist's room.

Nathalie Daoust became known as a photographer in 2002 with her book "New York Hotel Story." The project was then completed in Japan with "Tokyo Hotel Story," the phenomenon of the Japanese "Love-Hotels," in which lovers can withdraw into theme-hotel-rooms and are given an opportunity to live out their fantasies. Here in the Luise she herself has now created a room.

Red velvet and brocade, the bed draped with lace and exposed on a pedestal, with red lights, erotic dancers and the sounds of the old Paris-Moscow trains carry the guest back in time to the the atmosphere of the establishments of the 1920s and the old Berlin of Christopher Isherwood.

With that, the artist has traversed the area between dream and reality, and certainly has not ignored the human need for a flood of the fantasy world.

Heiner Meyer

The artist’s associations have conjured up the Hollywood of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including the elfin icon Audrey Hepburn, who became the glamour figure of the era like no other actress could.

In the room designed by Heiner Meyer, her incomparable eyes keep watch at the head of the bed; upon entering the room the hotel guest is pulled under their spell. Quite a few other details from the language of Meyer's pictures can be found in the room as well. The pomp of Hollywood stars of the era are portrayed just as we remember them from the old magazines; allusions like the dressing room mirror, the chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the opulent drapes, as well as the zebra skin (an imitation, of course) keep your expectations at play.

The momentum of various styles constantly threatening to tip has been consciously slipped into the design.

Kiddy Citny
Heartbeat – "Home is, where the heart is!"

The famous Berlin Wall graffiti artist who began playing cat and mouse with German border guards back in 1985 and whose jovial faces have gone around the world in tourist snapshots and postcards, has created a refuge of warmth in the midst of the pulsating urban centre; naturally featuring his familiar faces and figures. The room and various artists’ renditions of the song "Heartbeat" that can be heard in inside for a whole lot of fun and arouse guests’ curiosity about this city "with heart and attitude” that lies before them.

Guido Sieber
Die Berliner Gesellschaft
Berlin Society

With his unmistakable painting style juxtaposed with furnishings from an old Berlin drawing-room, the artist playfully renders real-life figures and Berlin clichés. He masterfully and entertainingly – although not always flatteringly – caricatures prominent figures and the Berlin “man in the street”

A. Paeslack
Der arme Poet
The Poor Poet

The spirit of Carl Spitzweg is present here in what is perhaps his most famous painting. Artist Andreas Paeslack used the painting as the basic motif for his room installation, creating what amounts to a three-dimensional reproduction of it. The aspect of an audience is created by an apparent opening into the room, which gives visitors to the “Hamburger Bahnhof” museum a view into the room. Thus in this game the guest, as the poor poet, becomes part of the central motif together with the room.

Könige der Herzen
(Cologne, Stuttgart, Biel)
Könige der Herzen
Kings of Hearts

Three artists, three very different talents, one inspiration: Royal fun............

Markus Linnenbrink
Panorama 360 °

Works by this artist are frequently described as "architecture with colour". A sea of colourful stripes surrounds the guest in this space-encompassing work, giving rise to an inexplicable, comfortable airiness.

Sabine Groß

The walls of the room are “dressed up” in Scottish plaid wallpaper. Photos of people who are similarly dressed in plaid clothing are hung upon the wallpaper. Through digital manipulation these people have been removed from their original space and placed against a plaid backdrop. In turn, this fictitiously patterned space has then been “mounted” in a truly patterned one. The hotel guest becomes part of the muddle between fiction and reality. And if he or she is wearing something plaid ... then even better!


A characteristic touch is that every corner and angle is outlined with a thin, hand-drawn, black line – whether on the ceiling, on the bed, or around a plug. The result is a dollhouse-like, comic book room with papaya green walls, a sunny yellow rug, a lilac bed and a pink cupboard. Graphics and decorations by the artist complete the design.

Hauptstadt der Hunde
Berlin – The Capital of Dogs

According to the statistics of a reliable polling institute the number of pet dogs in Berlin is estimated to be around 250,000. The artist believes it is about time to erect a monument to the Berliner’s best friend, which he proposes with irony through his pictogram made of dog bowls, nightstands of dog-food boxes, etc. The basket bed is therefore no accident!

Stefan Bree

This light installation is a meditative, playful reflection on sense perception. The best effect is achieved in the dark with the UV light switched on. A monochrome picture entitled “before I vanish” reflects an image of the viewer that remains “frozen” as a shadowy picture, and only slowly disappears. The lettering installation “Luisiol” is similar. It is a game about sense and senselessness, new languages and meanings. After the lights go off the letters fade slowly; scrabble for the soul, a nice way to fall asleep at the end of a long day.

Silke Vollmers
Mythos Fliegen
Flight – the myth

The dream of humanity; the feeling of lifting off, and limitless freedom above the clouds. Playing with these associations the artist uses airplane fragments to construct usable furnishings. The bed consists of a tail-wing unit, steering elements, and motor parts, and is hung from the ceiling by steel cables. Also hanging from the ceiling are numerous tables, each constructed from a different stage of a turbine. The chairs also originate from an airplane as do the shelves, which are built from propeller blades. Appropriately, the guests may record their dreams of flying in the flight log for the next passenger.

Peter Buechler
Horse / Astronaut

The theme of this room is the evolution of motion and acceleration. Long before the invention of the wheel, humans hunted, conquered and reigned on horseback. This was the beginning of a progression that finds contemporary expression in the astronaut.

Brigitte Schroeck

The guest is greeted by the strong, warm colours of the wall and curtains. Various structures, symbols and drawings appear on this ground in a contrasting colour, changing the room’s atmosphere with changes in lighting. When asleep, the guest is discretely guarded by five masks looking down from the beams of the ceiling.

Carlos Manrique
Espiritus y Tamborges

In Latin American religion, literature and art, spirits serve a poetic purpose; for the relaxation and accompaniment of the soul. Drums and percussion are the instruments which influenced religion, folklore, literature and music – the whole cultural identity of South America and the Caribbean. The installation wishes to enchant the guest and entice him/her into the playful and magical world of the artist.

Roman Schmelter
Unter dem roten Pferd
Beneath the Red Horse

This room could also be called “the magic of the arena”! An inhabitable Mediterranean landscape was created in the artist’s typical style. Intensive colours and three dimensions make this a surreal installation with surprising effects!

Eva Castringus
In the seventh sky

Frozen in various poses, young, urbane, trendy people are depicted here as wall- and ceiling-filling paintings under a sky with angels.

J. J. Anniroc
Dreams that money can buy

The artists freely interpret the idea of "capital" in the sense of "capital city", "power and money", "owning and multiplying possessions", resulting in a room-filling installation.

Sabine Hartung
Chez rose

The room is designed just as the “rose painter” would like to find a hotel room: welcoming and reserved at the same time, containing furnishing with a simple charm and oil paintings of roses on the walls. An old typewriter sits on the solid desk, and in the drawer the guest will find “chez rose” writing paper and envelopes specially designed for the room.

Christoph Platz

The artist works with associations. His sculptures represent the outer shell, devoid of content. Clothing without people; on the walls of the room, in a specially produced showcase desk, or used as a stool. They symbolize travel; clothes for the trip, utensils, and souvenirs for home. Everyday objects intricately carved in limewood develop a mysterious inner life in the hotel room. Fantastic and simply beautiful.

Marc Volk

Simultaneity is a sign of the world´s complexity, and the world is thus beyond our perception. Photography is a way to see a sequence of different individual situations that took place at the same time. With his installation the artist want to give the guest an awarenss of the unbelievable multi-dimensionality of the our surroundings.

Norbert Thiel
Stellwerk Thiel
Switch Tower Thiel

The artist Thiel freely interprets the subject of the Gerhart Hauptmann novel “Bahnwärter Thiel” (level-crossing keeper Thiel). The room features images of trains and gates, switch towers and train stations, mainly by night. Meanwhile you can see - but not hear – the real trains as they rush past the window: a thrill that’s definitely not just for train fans! The attentive observer will discover supernatural themes in Thiel’s paintings, too.

Andreas Silbermann
Shoe Fetish

A whole room filled with shoes. All of the walls feature pictures of shoes and shoe ornamentation. Except for one drawing, all of them are women’s shoes. This is a colourful, playful allusion to the shoe closets of the nation – a Mecca for shoe fetishists.

Hans van Meeuwen
(New York)

A two-meter long bird beak extends from the wall. Huge eggs are dispersed throughout the room. Guests lie secure in their “nest” under the giant beak. In this room by sculptor Hans van Meeuwen this is not a dream, but reality.

(Pescia, Italien)
Camera Calma

The Italian-based artist designed his room as a counterbalance to the ever faster, louder pace of the times. It features a spacious bed made of stained chestnut wood. An inkwell, quill pen and blank book on the table are intended to invite guests to gather their thoughts, while the poetic paintings serve as a reference point and font of inspiration.

Future comfort

The well-known designer Schmiddem created this room in the image of one he would like to discover himself in a hotel: no overpowering wardrobe surfaces, generous space and spatial transparency, user-friendly design, high-quality materials and a TV placed so comfortably that you could easily sit back and relax to a video of a crackling fireplace. The slight sensation of being in a science-fiction film when in the room is no doubt thanks to its cocoon-shaped shower, which even prompted Steven Spielberg to commission a set design for Minority Report.

Except for sculptures by the Dutch artist Hans van Meeuwen and a wall piece Markus Linnenbrink our lobby is otherwise functional. There is a comfortable seating arrangement complete with selections from the international press, a 24-hour reception with our knowledgeable and helpful staff, a free Internet terminal, a small snack and drink shop, and the branch of a bookstore providing reading material on the city of Berlin and its art and architecture.

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