Art featured in hotels is not new and sometimes not interesting. It is common now for the word art to be thrown around with words such as boutique and contemporary and art being included like it is a hotel service standard such as serving breakfast. “Yes, of course, we do have breakfast and art but you are Madame required to pay for wi-fi (and by pay, we mean charge you a fortune) ”.
Sadly some hotel art exhibitions are part of corporate partnerships agreed on factors such as willingness to partner, insurance levels and how much time a piece can be on loan for. It does slightly take away from the story of why the artist and hotels are working together as it far from just happens organically as we are led to believe. The art then tends to be changed every year, twice annually at the most. So hardly an exhibition.
Harsh? Maybe. However this is only because I have seen another side …. one art lover refreshingly became a collector first before entering into hotels.
Nathalie Richard, the owner of Hotel Marignan Paris, from the family group Richard, has enjoyed art for most of her life, a bargain hunter as well as a collector. When breathing life and style back into the Marignan Paris, the art came from her personal collection and was chosen because she was both sympathetic to it, as well as adoring the pieces. Madame Richard: “My choices are my favourites. I have no prejudice or preconceived ideas. I follow my instinct. Therefore sometimes there isn’t any creations hanged or submitted until an artist, a piece of art or a gallery draws my attention”.
The result truly is amazing – the Marignan Paris at every corner, on every staircase, on every floor, in every room and suite showcases something different and unique. Every piece is original and can be found nowhere else. Not as an original anyway. Pieces can be photographs, sculptures, paintings and graphics, all personally chosen by the owner.
Even the art at Canopee restaurant has been hand drawn in crayon directly onto the wall, this meant the restaurant was closed for several weeks meaning no guests and no revenue but this was not the priority for Madame Richard. The Marignan has partnerships with the local art galleries some are neighbours based on Rue Marignan, where for an evening, the art from the gallery moves to Hotel Marignan for an evening exhibition. The run up sees Madame Richard as the curator choosing where each piece will be shown, sometimes pieces move more than 5 or 10 times and the evening at the Marignan is filled with the local community and guests of the Marignan being captivated with a story, sharing a passion and the Marignan acts as the host.
It is indeed refreshing that the art has many different styles, techniques and at Marignan Paris, changes constantly. So whether you are looking for Kool Koor, Francois Reinhart, Emmanuel Regent … enjoy, explore and be captivated.