Artwork pictured: Valerie Snobeck, Revolving Layers (Tongue Kissing), 2014, Peeled prints and burlap on plastic. Photo by Levgeniia Pavlenko.
Well, I had two career paths so far - one in the world of contemporary art, which I always felt was my calling; and then the second one - in the world of hospitality, which unfolded on me as a hurricane. I had zero experience and had to learn pretty fast on the go. But it was always important for me to retain that connection with the creative industries and culture, hence alongside my hotel, Villa Lena, we also have a robust residency program for artists.
It was Pieter Hugo’s the Hyena series.
Pieter Hugo’s photographic prints Mallam Galadima Ahamadu with Jamis (2005), and Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara (2005) from his series “The Hyena and Other Men”, hang in Villa Lena. Photo: Levgeni.
That you constantly need to follow it - it is a very dynamic place, and if you don’t keep up, you fall behind.
The way I see it, there seems to be a tendency to skew things to exaggerate - there is this bubble, there is this hot artist or NFT, and then there are concerns that the art market is just a place where a lot of speculation happens. Whilst this is a case in any market place, I also think that overall the art market is always consistent - the blue chip works always sell and are always coveted, and those collectors who have been building their collections with determination and vision will always have an incredible result on their hands, whenever their collection hits the market.
Sara Anstis, Two Hills, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Fabian Lang.
She_curates* by Mollie Barnes
There is a slew of exhibitions dedicated to Female Abstract Expressionist painters that are coming out end of this year or beginning of 2023, from Vienna to London to a few institutions in the US - I am really looking forward to them.
Artwork pictured: Janine Saul She Transient Dance, 2022 Screen printing on silk, installed at Villa Lena. Photo by Raphaelle Detheve.
Alberto Savinio - Giorgio de Chirico’s brother. His paintings are mesmerizing and mysterious.
You really need to look at a piece of art - before starting asking for information or reading anything - just really really look.
That was never an issue for me, lol.
The Villa. Photo by Niklas Adrian Vindelev