Apart from owning an admirable collection of works of art, the Adriatic Hotel is one of the few hotels whose works of art were created exclusively for those premises.
Through a unique curatorial approach, renowned contemporary artists were invited to create new works of art, whose concepts were developed in communication with the spatial values and the values of the heritage of this historical building and its surroundings. By entering the Adriatic Hotel, you have the unique opportunity to spend time in a space furnished with works of art that were not only created for it, but also inspired by it.
With elegant strokes of pencil, coal and China ink on the hotel rooms' and suites static wall surface, French artist Abdelkader Benchamma mixes various media to create imaginary worlds that appear tangible and dynamic, with a life of their own. His work has been exhibited at distinguished institutions like Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Drawing Art Center in New York. He collaborates with Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde in Dubai, Spazio 22 in Milan, Galerie du jour agnès b. in Paris, ADN Galería in Barcelona and Galerie Chantiers Boîte Noire in Montpellier.
Inspired by the relationship between art and space, Slovenia-born London-based Jasmina Cibic attempts to stop the passage of time with her installation of taxidermy owls in flight - a symbol of moving between an illustrious past and an unknown future. Winner of several prestigious awards, including England’s Catlin Commission Award, the artist has had group and solo exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, the Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana and Luxembourg’s Musée d'Histoire et d'Art National.
Croatian artist Igor Eškinja produces abstract shapes in a shade of cyan-blue, experimenting with cyanotype and rediscovering this century-old technique of photography achieved through a chemical reaction that blends natural sun light and emulsion. One of Croatia's top artists of international repute, he has exhibited in renowned institutions like Casino Luxembourg, MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine and Kunstforum Wien in Vienna. Eškinja’s work is represented in collections such as the MAXXI in Rome and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. He collaborates with Spazio 22 in Milan, ADN Galería in Barcelona, Galerie Alberta Pane in Paris and Scaramouche Gallery in New York.
Known for his genre-bending experiments, up-and-coming German artist Chris Goennawein remains faithful to his signature style with carefully conceptualized sculptures that evoke different associations, such as light installation shaped like a nautical node. Represented by the Galerie Clemens Gunzer in Zurich, his work is also in the collections of J&A Dammers in Germany, Rock Collection Vienna in Austria, NK Collection and UBS Collection in Switzerland and the Hotel Widder Collection in Zurich.
Inspired by the concept of twisting reality, Croatian artist Kristina Lenard reached out to a painting tool from the late 18th century, the black mirror, which allowed her to create symmetrical photographs of artificial landscapes that she carefully structured of miniature trees and moss. She has exhibited in eminent art institutions of Croatia, such as the Croatian Association of Artists, the Croatian Academy Glyptotheque and the Lauba House in Zagreb.
With his minimalist collage technique of blending colorful lines, multitalented Italy-based artist and gallery owner Federico Luger calls out the diversity of contemporary popular culture, from comic books to street art. His interest lies beyond the artwork itself; he has established a group of artists that he promotes in his gallery in Milan and through international projects. His famous curatorial project The Immigrants was featured in Venice during the Venice Biennale and in London during Pinta London.
French artist based in China, Charles Munka is an explorer, nomad and multitalented author whose works bring a fresh breath of adventure to a cartographic surface. Each marks the places the author traveled through with abstract shapes echoing his own memories. Munka’s work has been featured in the Joyce Showroom in Hong Kong, HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles and Opera Gallery in Singapore. He collaborates with Galerie Clemens Gunzer in Zurich and Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.
It was steps away from Hotel Adriatic that Goran Petercol, one of Croatia's foremost conceptual artists, had the very experiences that gave rise to his work on display in the corridors and the restaurant – photographs of Rovinj he took as an up-and-coming artist and drawings inspired by the Italian master of avant-garde Piero Manzoni's encounter with Rovinj. Petercol's work is exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and Sala Umberto Boccioni in Milan. His works are in collections of the Watermill Collection in New York, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana and MUMOK in Vienna. He collaborates with Galerija Gregor Podnar in Berlin.
The focal point of the hotel’s original stairway, the light installation by Austrian artist Valentin Ruhry frames the contemporary technological era with the spirit of a century-old hotel, drawing inspiration from the ornamented stairway’s steel fence. Ruhry's work is exhibited in MAK, Museums Quartier and Franz Josefs Kai 3 in Vienna, KM- in Graz, the Lentos Art Museum in Linz and ZKM in Karlsruhe. He collaborates with Galerie Clemens Gunzer in Zurich and Christine König Galerie in Vienna.
Having roamed the wild spaces of Rovinj archipelago's gardens shaded by age-old pine trees, Croatian artist SofijaSilvia became intimate witness to this environment, capturing it through analogue photography on display in the restaurant. Graduate of the London Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, SofijaSilvia had her work featured in exhibitions all over Europe, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, the Art Pavilion in Zagreb and Camera Austria in Graz.
Led by a designer's instinct to fill a space with details, Croatian artist and designer Saša Šekoranja brings a dose of surprise to his abstract acrylic canvases, drawing up a theatrical ambience that allows the visitor to get lost for a moment in the ornamented multitude of shapes inspired by Rovinj and its arboretum. Šekoranja has had group and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb and Le Loft in Paris, among others. He has made set designs for the Croatian National Theater, the Zagreb Youth Theater and the Gavella Drama Theater in Zagreb.
With his elegant approach to a subtle neon line (in the hotel's corridors), Italian artist Massimo Uberti draws up a scene-like structure inside the space we inhabit, inspiring the viewer to peek behind the doors of light and discover another space, that of imagination. Uberti has had his work in exhibitions at important Italian institutions such as MACRO in Rome and Università Bocconi in Milan. His light installation is the first commissioned artwork for the Bentley Elements. He collaborates with Spazioborgogno in Milan and Brothers’ Art Gallery in Lugano.
Intent on mastering the traditional technique of oil on canvas and exploring its storytelling potential, Croatian artist Zlatan Vehabović combines classic and contemporary values in his massive paintings probing the technological peaks of the 21st century. Winner of an award by the International Association of Art Critics, Vehabović has had group and solo exhibitions at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; his work is represented in the European Parliament Collection. He collaborates with Marc Straus Gallery in New York.
Combining photography and sculpture in the rooms, suites and the corridors, the Croatian tandem Žižić/Kožul create a series of motifs evoking basic human desires that mark our everyday escape into utopia, and they make the viewer wonder what it is we really need in order to be happy. The works by this duo have been selected for exhibitions at the Croatian Association of Artists, Lauba House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb as well as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. It’s represented in the Filip Trade Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb.