Museum Hotels: Guggenheim Wants You to Sleep With the Art
One of our favorite art exhibitions of the last few years was at London's Tate Modern, when installation artist Carsten Höller built silver tube slides into the museum's atrium and actually allowed patrons to experience them.
Now that Carsten is scheduled to show in New York at The Guggenheim, what kind of fun interactive toy will us Yankees get?
Höller is installing a hotel room! Like London's slides, the room will be interactive, welcoming guests nightly through a partnership with the Waldorf=Astoria Collection. Although reservations just opened, sadly they are already sold out; we will just have to hope that some lucky sleeper thinks to video blog the experience. And what an experience:
Revolving Hotel Room is an art installation comprising three outfitted, superimposed turning glass discs mounted onto a fourth disc that all turn harmoniously at a very slow speed. During the day the hotel room will be on view as part of the Guggenheim's theanyspacewhatever exhibition, which runs from October 24, 2008-January 7, 2009. At night, the art installation becomes an operative hotel room outfitted with luxury amenities.
Those amenities include a supply of mineral water, continental breakfast, access to a bathroom with robe and towels, present security personnel and the ability to wander the Guggenheim's rotunda all night long. No news on if you'll be able to charge your iphone or access free wifi.
Obviously there will be a huge temptation for sleepers to make their own performance art (wink wink), but we doubt security will turn a blind eye.
Should you be able to score a reservation yet, rates start at $259 on Mondays for students with valid ID, go up to $549-$649 on regular evenings and max out at $799 a night for holiday weekends. We still like the slide idea better.