The Masterworks of Vincent Beaurin
It always makes it more interesting to bring meaning to the decoration of a hotel. This presents a wonderful space to give free rein to the expression of an artist, whose works might allow clients to escape, create an imaginary universe, and offer sources of inspiration. Whether it’s for a hotel in the middle of a city or along a seaside coast, adding contemporary art certainly enriches the client experience.
LVMH plunged into the hotel industry when it created the brand Cheval Blanc. This is a group that is very sensitive to contemporary art, thanks to its president Bernard Arnault, who is a great lover of art and culture. Arnault has been extensively involved in numerous gestures as a patron of the arts to support the image of the LVMH Group. At the moment, the LVMH Group is at work preparing the opening of the Museum of the Fondation LOUIS Vuitton. This extraordinary building will be located in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It comes as no surprise, then, that we should encounter a similar interest in contemporary art across Cheval Blanc Hotels.
Behold: a circle of plenitude at the Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort in the Maldives.
LVMH has called on artist Vincent Beaurin to design two masterworks for this hotel. From the horizon, the client is immediately welcomed by “Arch,” a monument constructed from copper installed in the water. This work is the alter ego of Bruno Peinado’s horse at the Cheval Blanc in Courchevel.
Then, the client will go on to encounter the second work, entitled “Couronne,” disseminated across each of the 46 villas of the hotel. “Couronne” is comprised of an ensemble of 46 spots of colors that explore the wealth of a large chromatic spectrum to produce an effect at once stimulating and imposing. Made of marble sand and quartz, each spot is unique and exhibits fascinating colors.
Vincent Beaurin explains to us: “In each villa, a spot is arranged in the direct axis of sight as the entry, at the other extremity of the nave, just above a giant bathtub, to intimate that everything here is based on water, gleaming water. I saw my spots as analogous to the circular atolls that I surveyed from my vantage point on the water-plane that flew me to Randheli.”
The common point between these two works…
The form of the pedestal of the statue is similar to those of the spots. Arch and Couronne share the same mold for the base. For Arch, the base is placed horizontally on four symbolic pillars. For the spots, the base is suspended vertically.
According to Vincent Beaurin, “Arch and Couronne exist in dialogue, like a tree with its fruits; they comprise an entire system of astronomy.”
In terms of hotel practicalities, we would do well to assure ourselves on the maintenance of these artworks in countries where temperatures can near 30° C. We should make sure we don’t overlook the presence of saltwater, which certainly doesn’t help make the upkeep any easier. It is important to train the staff, especially the cleaning team, on everything related to polishing and cleaning the works. It will be interesting to see how long these works are able to keep their splendor. Only time will tell…
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Laurent Delporte, an editor and conference speaker, is a strategic expert in the sector of hotels. A visionary, he brings his unique look on hotels in service to the decision-makers in the industry, whether to enhance the development of new projects or strategic visions.
Laurent has visited and audited over 350 hotels across the world and also participates in mystery visits to provide quality control for the world’s finest hotels.