Best Hotel Art Collections
Vik Muniz (Brazilian), Pictures of Junk: The Education of Cupid, after Correggio, 2006. Digital C-print. Collection International Contemporary Art Foundation
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
The Setting: The 21c hotel may be named for the 21st century, but its buildings—former tobacco and bourbon warehouses—are pure 19th century. The 91-room hotel has 9,000 square feet of gallery space and houses a multimillion-dollar collection of contemporary art owned by philanthropist Steve Wilson and his wife, Laura Lee Brown (whose family owns Brown-Forman, a liquor conglomerate that produces Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort).
Collection Highlights: Two works by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, known for creating pieces out of “odd” materials like chocolate syrup or garbage and then photographing them. Muniz was recently honored by the Museum of Modern Art, chosen for an “artists’ choice” installation where he selected works from its collection to create an exhibition.