Best Hotel Art Collections

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Courtesy the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens/Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Skip the museums and spend the night at one of these art-filled hotels.

Semiramis, Athens

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The Setting: Dakis Joannou, Greek billionaire industrialist, founder of the DESTE Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens, and owner of the over-the-top Semiramis Hotel, has one of the most impressive private collections of contemporary art in the world. (He also has a 114-foot yacht, named Guilty, with an exterior designed and painted by Jeff Koons.) Designed by Karim Rashid, the 51-room property is an explosion of pop-art color (think glowing pink) accented by rotating pieces from Joannou’s collection.

Collection Highlights: Jeff in the Position of Adam, by bad-boy artist Jeff Koons, features himself and his then-porn-star wife in a salacious pose. There are also two photographs by Spencer Tunick, known for shooting group nudes in public places.

 

 

 

Best Hotel Art Collections

Semiramis, Athens

The Setting: Dakis Joannou, Greek billionaire industrialist, founder of the DESTE Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art in Athens, and owner of the over-the-top Semiramis Hotel, has one of the most impressive private collections of contemporary art in the world. (He also has a 114-foot yacht, named Guilty, with an exterior designed and painted by Jeff Koons.) Designed by Karim Rashid, the 51-room property is an explosion of pop-art color (think glowing pink) accented by rotating pieces from Joannou’s collection.

Collection Highlights: Jeff in the Position of Adam, by bad-boy artist Jeff Koons, features himself and his then-porn-star wife in a salacious pose. There are also two photographs by Spencer Tunick, known for shooting group nudes in public places.

 

 

 

Courtesy the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens/Tim Noble & Sue Webster
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