caratart – discover the arts at our hotels

You will hardly find any white walls in our hotels – after all, why should we leave them empty when we can offer them as exhibition spaces to young and talented artists instead? Through the caratart e.V. art association, we assume social responsibility and contribute to sociocultural activities, creativity and innovation.

Discover all the fascinating aspects of our commitment to art.

The caratart e.V. art association

Since December 2010, our carathotels support young yet relatively unknown visual artists by sponsoring the caratart e.V. art association. Aside from exhibitions and art events, you can clearly see our commitment to art at the Sculpture Park in Weil am Rhein or the caratart Studio project.

Foundation of the art association

Everything began a few years ago on a particularly beautiful summer’s night while we enjoyed a glass of red wine: we decided to use the existing infrastructure at our carathotels and our team’s creative energy in order to introduce young yet relatively unknown artists and their work to a broader audience. At the end of 2010, we created the caratart e.V. art association out of sheer passion and conviction.

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This was our first trick…

The association celebrated its first successful event in the summer of 2011 with “caratart Episode 1”. More than 200 artworks created by 19 artists were displayed from the lobby to the rooftop terrace of the carathotel Basel/Weil am Rhein, presenting a spectacular variety of new and modern art to an extremely art-enthusiastic audience. The vernissage took place on the night prior to the inauguration of the Art Basel fair. The highlight of our event was the movie “Sweet Dreams”, a special production dedicated exclusively to this venue, which was projected onto the hotel’s 250 square meter façade. The entire show was an impressive art experience – it even managed to satisfy the superior taste of the Art Basel audience.

Ever since, reproductions of the artworks displayed at the first event are being exhibited in all of our carathotels. Without the dusty flair of a museum, visitors from all over the world can enjoy an open and exciting atmosphere while looking at the paintings.

 

…but the second followed quick!

In the fall of 2012, our Munich-based carathotels set the stage for the second episode in our association’s event history. Eleven new artists presented their newest masterpieces in the public spaces of both hotels during the “caratart Episode 2” exhibition. The vernissage “Red Riding Hood vs The Bad Wolf – German romanticism meets street art.” (“Rotkäppchen vs. Der böse Wolf – Deutsche Romantik trifft Streetart”) was an integral part of the program presented at the Long Night of Munich Museums on October 20, 2012.

The program included an enactment of Joachim Ringelnatz’s version of the fairytale „Red Riding Hood” in the windows of the hotelmüller München. The play was performed by the Stage Design and Costumes class of Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts, which was led by Professor Katrin Brack and caratart mentor Roland Olbeter. In the meantime, graffiti artists from Munich transformed the underground parking garage of the carathotel München into a modern enchanted forest. Sponsored by carathotels and supported by the caratart e.V. art association, we created a unique and diversified art event that accompanied the Long Night of Munich Museums.

caratart: an ongoing development

In the spring of 2013, we inaugurated the caratart Sculpture Park in the garden of our carathotel Basel/Weil am Rhein. Only a few months later, in the summer of 2013, we were able to provide one artist with a free exhibition space for one year.

In fact, we are not only committed to offering exhibition spaces – all artists sponsored by the caratart e.V. art association are being supported by our carathotel teams with regards to marketing and public relations activities.

Current caratart projects

caratart Episode 1

Gabi Strehlau "Entspannung am Sonntag"
Gabi Strehlau "Entspannung am Sonntag"
Guido Michl "Puppet II" (Ausschnitt)
Guido Michl "Puppet II" (Ausschnitt)

Our first caratart project was dedicated to the discovery of art. The public and private fascination the arts evoke in people is unparalleled. Nevertheless, the term “art” often remains a vague concept, consisting of knowledge taught at school, insights obtained during rare private visits to the museum or the mental image of our neighbor’s flower paintings …

Although the concept of art contains more than a thousand different aspects, people that study the arts more closely soon discover an unexpected and endless variety of facets. Those that start to discover the arts are presented with a whole universe of colors, materials and styles – and, last but not least, the various people that create art. Discovering the arts also means discovering people and what moves them.

The „caratart Episode 1“ exhibition takes its visitors on a trip to known and unknown highlights of the international art landscape, helping them discover the artists and their stories. “caratart Episode 1” does not merely present one single artist, style or topic – instead, it’s built around contrast!

Here you’ll find everything your heart desires: paintings, drawings, graffiti, photography, concept art, wood carvings… artworks on canvas, paper, wood… created with paintbrush, pen or a camera… drawn with oil, acrylic paints, gouache, watercolors, pencil, crayons, tempera paints, pastel colors or different types of ink… large or small artworks… realistic or imaginative pieces… All of the masterpieces displayed here were created by people that heeded the call of the arts early on or discovered the arts as a way to express their feelings about the world later in life.

Find out more about all artists and their artworks featured in the “caratart Episode 1” event by looking at our exhibition catalogue >>

 

caratart Episode 2

The second caratart project is dedicated to the “Competition of the Arts”. The vernissage’s title “Red Riding Hood vs The Bad Wolf – German romanticism meets street art” immediately conveys the idea. It focuses on expressions that represent a form of judgement or valuation such as “good and bad”, “right and wrong”, “old and new” as well as “better than”. While the audience might think about an “either/or” relationship when reading the “Red Riding Hood vs The Bad Wolf” part of the title, the subtitle dismisses this excluding attitude and transforms it into a “both” or “as well as”. Past meets presence, future unknown.

The “Red Riding Hood vs The Bad Wolf – German romanticism meets street art” vernissage was an integral part of the program presented at the Long Night of Munich Museums. The enactment of the story at different locations attracted vast audiences. The Stage Design and Costumes class of Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts occupied six windows of the hotelmüller München to perform their interpretation of Joachim Ringelnatz’s “Red Riding Hood” – a spectacular sight for sore eyes!

 

Simultaneously, the bad wolf of modern art walked the halls of our underground parking garage at the carathotel München:  street artists from Munich reproduced their version of an enchanted forest and granted visitors an exclusive insight into their art style. A total of twelve artists displayed their works to an interested audience in both hotels. Similar to the first episode of the event, different styles, images and techniques were on display. The way to the patio of hotelmüller München leads through a labyrinth in the style of a fairytale forest. A huge screen shows the artists’ works, interrupted by live recordings from the “Red Riding Hood” stage and the street art performance.

It was a truly magical night for all participants. Reproductions of all artworks displayed that night still adorn the walls of both hotels. Our exhibition catalogue contains information on all the artists, mentors and students that took part in the event.

Additional and planned projects

caratart Sculpture Park

The spring of 2013 saw the inauguration of our next major art project. The carathotel Basel/Weil am Rhein, which had been the setting of the “caratart Episode 1” exhibition in the summer of 2011, officially opened the doors to its new and extensive Sculpture Park. The park currently displays six sculptures, with further pieces to be exhibited soon.

caratart Studio

Since the summer of 2013, the caratart e.V. art association has been giving additional support to artists by providing one young performer from the Rhine-Main region with a free studio for one year!

Planned projects

We’re currently looking for more artists that want to exhibit their artworks in our Sculpture Park. We would be happy to resume our caratart Studio project soon – this is why we’re currently looking for adequate locations. It goes without saying that another edition of our big art event, the “caratart Episode 3” will follow soon. On top of that, we’re toying with the idea of an art barcamp at the moment – so look forward to our next projects.

You‘ll find updated information on all caratart projects, the artists supported by the association including a selection of their artworks as well as the caratart mentors and our caratart blog on www.caratart.de

Take caratart home!

Did you fall in love with a certain painting you have discovered in one of our hotels? Just speak to our staff if you’re interested in buying one of the artworks. We’re happy to establish the contact with the respective artist for you! If you want to browse through a list of all artworks created by our caratart artists, access www.caratart.de/kunstwerke.