Not satisfied with claiming the city’s top restaurants and entertainment, Miami hotels are adding art exhibits to their rosters of amenities. With contemporary works on display by the likes of Andy Warhol and major installations by international artists such as Fernando Botero, resorts and boutique hotels are making a case for the art-loving guest—especially during Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, when a number of new shows debut.
Perhaps the best-known hotel to merge hospitality and art (it’s known as “The Art Hotel”), the Sagamore hosts monthly programming and collaborations with local, national and internationally renowned museums, nonprofit institutions, galleries and emerging talents. Exhibits include “Femme Fatale,” highlighting representations of women, and a 100-year retrospective of French lingerie (both debuted November 29).
Recognized by none other than the Pérez Art Museum Miami for its multimillion-dollar collection, this Brickell hotel is home to works by local and Latin American artists. In addition to the three oversize Fernando Botero statues in various lobbies, the hotel developers also commissioned works for guest-room interiors. Last year, the 14Thirty-Five lounge added new pieces by Spanish artist Antonio Domínguez de Haro; his work will be shown again during Art Basel, along with Romero Britto.
This South Beach hotel set out to create a showcase for Miami’s art scene by inviting Wynwood gallery WYN 317 to curate artworks for its lobby and common areas. Now the gallery works closely with the hotel by rotating in new artists every few weeks. This month and next, look out for works from Miami street artist Registered Artist, Noah Scalin (of online web project Skull-A-Day) and Canadian artist DENIAL, among others.
The Biltmore’s history and architectural artistry are on display in a photograph collection spread throughout the property. Guests can opt for a private tour from the concierge or ogle the shots solo, viewing construction images dating back to 1926 and pictures of old dance parties. This December, the Curators Program offers guests luxury accommodation, a consultation with art expert Judy Holm, curated art tours and transportation to and from the art fairs.
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