Despite his clean-line, utterly contemporary aesthetic, Philippe Starck’s revamping of Paris’ Royal Monceau didn’t omit any of the expected elements of a palace hotel: namely, luxury, history and elegance — along with healthy doses of hype.
After more than two years of renovation, the 82-year-old building reopened this month with a modern ambiance and a strong emphasis on art. Some 300 works are dispersed throughout the grounds: Joana Vasconcelos’ giant teapot stands in the garden, Stéphane Calais’ fresco decorates the ceiling of the hotel’s French restaurant La Cuisine and Nikolai Polissky’s wooden animal sculptures decorate the downstairs lobby. The property also has a rich art program, which includes shows that will be organized at its exhibition space and photo gallery. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s drawings and paintings are currently on display.
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