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Two New Hotels Two Different Worlds One Standard of Luxury

image002Vienna’s newest hotel , The Palais Hansen Kempinski  is one of those great classic hotels in an historic building that captures the spirit of classical Vienna but with a modern standard of luxury.  Designed as a hotel for the 1873 World Exhibition by Theophil Edvard von Hansen and Heinrich Förster, the building never opened its doors to guests, and it has taken more than 140 years for the building to be put to its original use. Two and a half years of careful restoration and interior construction were conducted under the aegis of Vienna-based architect Boris Podrecca, the Austrian Atelier Hayde Architekten and designer Jean-Claude Laville. On seven floors, the heritage-listed Renaissance Revival-style building accommodates 152 rooms and suites, the Kempinski The Spa, two restaurants and two bars, a florist and a delicatessen, 17 private residential apartments as well as Vienna’s largest hotel cigar lounge. Innovative touches like iPad check-in and an iPad in every room or state-of-the-art TV entertainment systems blends the building’s history with the latest in technology and a contemporary lifestyle.

In Bentonville, Arkansas the 21C Museum Hotel brings a standard of luxury and modern buzz to the world headquarters town of Walmart.  As it’s name suggests the hotel has changing curated exhibits. The current art exhibit is Hybridity, which deals with the evolution of species and spaces in twenty-first century art explores the diminishing boundaries between human and animal kingdoms, recent advances in scientific technology, and the shifting environmental and economic conditions actively altering the Earth and its inhabitants. Employing photography, painting, sculpture, and video, and often incorporating repurposed commercial materials, including tires, safety barrels, matches, broken furniture, discarded shoes, and more, the artists featured here create new breeds: a two-headed ram, an embroidered cow, a leopard resembling Mick Jagger, and a panoply of interspecies, genetic recombinants that are equal parts fact and fiction. While hybrids have been a staple of the collective cultural imagination for centuries, today their habitats are depicted as both natural and artificial. In the land and cityscapes presented here, nature meets technoculture, and the new natural is both organic and manufactured. Influenced by Surrealism, science, and a radically changed global economy, the artists of The New Frontier envision how the dreams and detritus of the industrial era have generated the promise and peril of the digital age, offering a provocative examination of how we shape and share our world. IMG_0712