MODA Y COMPLEMENTOS

BELÉN, PALESTINA

THE WALLED OFF HOTEL.

Tan acción/objeto de arte como hotel, este reivindicativo alojamiento es obra del célebre artista urbano Banksy, y está ubicado en Belén, Palestina, a escasos 500 metros del control de entrada a Jerusalén, y justo en frente del muro que separa ambos territorios, de hecho Banksy lo bautizó como el ‘hotel con peores vistas del mundo’.

Compuesto por 10 habitaciones, de las cuales 7 han sido diseñadas por el misterioso artista, y las restantes 3 por Sami Musa y Dominique Petrin, el hotel cuenta además con una galería que exhibe artistas locales, y un museo curado con la asesoría del Dr Gavin Grindon, de la Universidad de Essex, que está completamente dedicado a la historia de la región.

Todas las instalaciones del hotel, tanto las habitaciones, como el piano bar (y evidentemente la galería y el museo) están pobladas por obras de arte, tanto de Banksy como de otros artistas, creando una experiencia similar a la de alojarse en un museo de arte contemporáneo, con el añadido de un fuerte componente social que tal vez no contribuya a que sea la más plácida de las estancias, pero sin duda una muy enriquecedora.

The Walled Off Hotel

As much action/piece of art as it is a hotel, this radical accommodation was created by the famous urban artist Banksy, and it’s located in Bethlehem, Palestine at barely 500 metres from the Jerusalem entry checkpoint, and right in front of the wall that separates both territories; in fact, Banksy named it as the ‘hotel with the worst view in the world’.

With 10 rooms available of which 7 were designed by the mysterious artist, and the remaining 3 by Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin, the hotel also has a gallery that exhibits art created by local artists, and a curated museum in association with Dr. Gavin Grindon from the University of Essex who is completely dedicated to the history of the region.

All of the hotel installations as much as the rooms and the piano bar (and obviously the gallery and museum) are full of artworks by Banksy and other artists, which creates a similar experience to staying in a contemporary art museum with the added touch of a strong social component that perhaps doesn’t contribute to being the most placid of stays, but it certainly makes a very enriching one.

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