Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Art trade: hotel stay?

Berlin is a fabulous place for artists to live, or to visit. Many of my young artist, musician, or writer friends are moving there for cheaper rent and a booming arts scene. There are lots of art museums and galleries in Berlin, as well as other great resources that make it an ideal place to visit, as well.

Now, a hotel in Berlin is offering artists who are "strapped for cash" a trade - artwork for boarding at the hotel. The five-star Hotel Marienband in Auguststrasse is inviting artists to live in a room and use it as a sort of evolving art space.

From the Telegraph:
Susanne Pfeffer, curator of the Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art, which set up the project, said: "As long as they come from outside Berlin and need a bed for the night, everyone is welcome, though we've got such a long waiting list that we are very careful about picking and choosing our guests."

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