In 2016 a programme of artist made objects, exhibitions, installations and performances took place throughout the private/public spaces of Hotel Ufer on Gartenstrasse. Invited by hotelier René Tilgier, the programme explored the key resource for hospitality: the sharing of space. The programme brought together artists from the city and abroad and experimented with key prevalent principles around exhibition making, duration, glocalism, and site-specificity. Exhibitions expanded out across multiple guest-rooms, communal areas, cities and national borders and included works focussing on the temporality of the hotel experience including handmade ceramic plates by Katie Schwab for the daily breakfast buffet, bathrobes by Sophie Macpherson and a newly renovated permanent 3-bedroom suite by hobbypopMUSEUM.
«Drop City, Düsseldorf at Hotel Ufer» attempted to seek more dynamic interactions between artists, site and audiences, and rather than relegating the audience to the passive role of spectators, looked to foster the active and genuine involvement of participants.
Drop City, Düsseldorf
at Hotel Ufer
Drop City proudly presents a new permanent installation by Düsseldorf and London-based artist group hobbypopMUSEUM, formed in 1998 by Sophie von Hellermann, Christian Jendreiko, Matthias Lahme, Dietmar Lutz, André Niebur and Marie-Céline Schäfer.
hobbypopMUSEUM believe strongly that in artistic collaboration lies something other than compromise, something uniquely valuable. As a group they have created compelling and monumental site-specific installations, blending painting with music, performance and film, architecture and text. hobbypopMUSEUM are instilling Hotel Ufer with a careful balance of their trademark collective artmaking; provoking with a careful balance of sincerity and antagonism, romantic optimism and painterly faux-naivety.
Abandoning the socio-political agenda typically associated with collective artmaking, hobbypopMUSEUM stake their identity on the theatrics of fantasised scenarios and the strong narrative trail or journey through their exhibitions and happenings as a long-term ‘fight for ideas’.
Hotel Anderes Ufer: The Attic is a shared resting-place on hobbypopMUSEUM’s journey, following on from gatherings in the likes of London, San Francisco, Mumbai, Newcastle and Antwerp. They travel, meet up, disperse and reconvene for exhibitions all over the world, leaving a thread of narrative behind.
hobbypopMUSEUM’s hometown of Düsseldorf is coloured by significant marks in art history, from the academy where Beuys once preached his message of “art-as-life-as-myth” to the city that nurtured the masters of postwar German painting: Polke and Richter. A generation later hobbypopMUSEUM are permitted to “play” with this legacy of divergent narratives, making magnificent, elusive paintings that are simultaneously self-aware and self-abnegating.
Have you ever stayed inside an artwork? Drop City and hobbypopMUSEUM have transformed the attic of Hotel Ufer, in the centre of Düsseldorf,
into a three-bed hotel suite (Night Room, Day Room, Techno Room).
A night at the Hotel Anderes Ufer: The Attic is available in a limited edition of 20 nights.
Each reservation includes a uniquely constructed experience, object or artwork.
PRICE LIST 2016/17
€500 for entire suite, sleeping three.
This price is for one night and includes one unique artist edition to take home and breakfast.
Each subsequent night is charged at €80 per night incl. breakfast.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to make a reservation
A regular night, outside of this edition, is also able to be booked for your stay in Düsseldorf at very competitive rates, excluding the artist edition/experience, directly through Hotel Ufer or Booking.com.
The installation can also be visited freely by appointment.
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