HOTELS THAT FLAUNT ART
With an increase in guests with a discerning eye for good art, one gets to see like the case of the iconic Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, a trend towards curating a vast collection of precious artworks; both Indian and international, right since its inception in 1903. Today, Taj’s collection of 4,000 of paintings by modern Indian artists is one of the largest in the country with about 1,000 original paintings, including 200 masterpieces and 3,000 prints. The Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad boasts of multiple art pieces which bring forth the best of both worlds – Indian and the West. Some of the key artworks you will stumble upon at palace are wall frescos by French artist Jean Gaudier, portraits of royals by Italian artist Benzoni, European art at the Celeste restaurant and glass paintings by Emily Grifn from 1920s.The Taj properties even offer walkthroughs of the art collection to highlight the masterpieces, making the stay not just engaging but also unforgettable.
The ITC Hotels are rooted in the soil of India - harking back through architecture, interiors, art and artefacts to major dynasties who have ruled over the country. The iconic ITC Maurya in New Delhi, for example, is inspired by the teachings of Gautama Buddha. The property’s exterior architecture is based on the Buddhist stupas of the 3rd century B.C. The main lobby is designed in the shape of a Chaitya or prayer hall. Nestling within the wooden rafters of the lobby’s central dome is a mural by celebrated Indian artist, Krishen Khanna. Artists like MF Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee and J Swaminathan contributed works in their distinctive styles to add to the Mauryan mood of the hotel.
While for some art collection is intrinsic, there are also those that are making attempts to consciously incorporate art.
The ITC Hotels are rooted in the soil of India - harking back through architecture, interiors, art and artefacts to major dynasties who have ruled over the country