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Stockholm hotel lets guests 'pay' with art

Stockholm hotel lets guests 'pay' with art

Published: 07 Jun 2012 12:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Jun 2012 12:41 GMT+02:00

The hotel has drawn inspiration from the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York, which allowed well known artists and musicians to stay in return for their art.

“It all started with the fact that our general manager’s grandfather was an artist,” Clarion Hotel’s PR and marketing manager Tess Mattisson told The Local.

“He actually had some of his work hanging in the Chelsea Hotel and now that their hotel has closed down, the manager was so inspired that our hotel will continue the tradition.”

The concept is being launched on Friday and according to the hotel – anything goes - provided it fits on an A4 piece of paper.

Mattisson explained that there are absolutely no limitations to the art and that poetry, paintings, even meaningless squiggles would get you a room.

“Who are we to be judgmental about art? Accommodation is what we know and we’re happy to provide it. Everyone is welcome here, from young and upcoming artists to those that are already established,” she told The Local.

Mattisson claims the public has answered the call and that the art has come flooding in – even though the opening night isn’t for another day.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response, probably because this has never been done in Sweden, as far as we know.”

The art will be stored in the hotel, which will own the full rights to each piece.

“We want to build an atmosphere for artists to meet, and we want our hotel to be the number one art choice for people who come to Stockholm – and even Sweden!” Mattinsson told The Local.

The only condition, according to Swedish law, is that the artists leave a credit card with the hotel at check-in.

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Your comments about this article

14:34 June 7, 2012 by Eric1
Too bad you can't pay room taxes with art.
17:51 June 7, 2012 by Dazzler
Can you just imagine the stench that will emanate from this place? Good idea, a place where hippy "artists" can congregate!
19:22 June 7, 2012 by redfish
< Mattisson explained that there are absolutely no limitations to the art ... "Who are we to be judgmental about art? >

Then why does the art have to fit on an A4 piece of paper? Don't limit the vision of artists, fascist!
07:48 June 8, 2012 by muscle
yup.. you can poop right in front of the door and call it as an art :)
04:03 June 18, 2012 by feathernoodle
What a great idea if they can pull it off. Art is subjective but they still need to weed out the door poopers :)
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