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Monday, August 10, 2009

Hotel Invites Artists to Stay, Pay with Works of Art (Damn, Poets Not Included)

Room service: Berlin hotel tells artists to pay for stay with artwork, not cash | Art and design | The Guardian
A five-star hotel in Berlin has opened its doors to cash-strapped artists, asking them to pay for bed and board not with money but with a work of art.

The offer from the Hotel Marienbad in Auguststrasse is open to painters, sculptors or conceptual artists willing to "subject the hotel to permanent change" with their efforts.

Susanne Pfeffer, curator of the Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art, which set up the project, said: "As long as they come from outside Berlin and need a bed for the night, everyone is welcome, though we've got such a long waiting list that we are very careful about picking and choosing our guests."

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