BY SUSAN HANSON
See Basel’s coolest street art from the back seat of a Bentley, museum-hop in Auckland, and get your tickets now for a mega-popular exhibition arriving at the Bellagio.
Street Style: Basel may be known as Switzerland’s “city of museums,” but that artistic creativity isn’t confined indoors: The metropolis is one of Europe’s most popular bastions of graffiti and street art. See some of the impressive works – including the six-story-high Basilisk by Swiss artist Tika – on a private, hour-long urban art tour at the 101-room Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois [pictured above]. The neighborhood walk precedes a ride in the hotel’s own rolling art project: a house Bentley, recently spray-painted by a group of local students. In summer, the tour ends with a stop along Basel’s waterfront for a quick dip in the Rhine (don’t worry, it’s a local pastime) before returning to the hotel.
North Island Beauties: New Zealand’s Huka Lodge recently appointed art historian and collector Claire Chamberlain as its art guide. Through an experience launching in June, she’ll pick up guests in Auckland for a tour of the city’s museums and galleries before transfer to the 25-room lodge in Taupo, where more art appreciation awaits: The hotel has an extensive collection of European and Oceanic works.
Mirrors, Mirrors on the Strip: Yayoi Kusama’s mind-bending, kaleidoscopic installations have dazzled art admirers since the 1950s; from now through April 28, two of her pieces are on display in Las Vegas for the first time ever. At the 3,933-room Bellagio, a new exhibition in the hotel’s Gallery of Fine Art features Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Narcissus Garden. Both explore infinite space, complete with mirrored spheres and flickering lights that reflect and distort reality. The hotel recommends that visitors purchase their tickets in advance.