For the Sake of Hotel Art: A Delft Lenin at Amsterdam's Hotel JL No. 76
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Hotel JL No. 76's "An Ornament and a Crime" Lenin Bust by Studio Qubus/Maxim Velcovsky.
Walk into the Hotel JL No. 76 on the quiet Jan Luijkenstraat nearby Amsterdam's Museumplein and, first thing at reception, you'll come face-to-face with Lenin. Sure, it's only a bust of good ol' Vladimir, but the interest is in the traditionally Dutch delft design that covers his porcelain visage.
The piece is still found for sale at galleries and design sites on the web, such as at A+R store, where it's $1,000 and described thus:
Maxim Velcovsky takes two of the most common decorations of his childhood in the former Czekoslovakia and welds them into this uncommon object - a bust of Lenin decorated with the famous blue onion pattern (which we in the states know as Delft).
So you'll take two then, huh?