AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION
Art is an integral and vital component of the Castell. The Castell alone is a work of art. Paintings, objects, permanent exhibitions, events and Art Weekends contribute to its unique atmosphere.
Ruedi Bechtler, the owner of the Castell, has handpicked every piece of art or staged it in close collaboration with the artists. As an art lover, profound expert and avid collector of contemporary art, he has made the Castell a unique place of inspiration. The renowned collection includes works by famous artists such as Roman Signer, Fischli-Weiss, Pipilotti Rist, Carsten Höller, Steiner-Lenzlinger, Martin Kippenberger, James Turrell and many more.
Every Thursday at 17.00 we offer a guided art tour (reservation is requested before 2 pm) – followed by a viewing of «Skyspace Piz Utèr» by James Turrell, perhaps the most spectacular artwork at the Castell.
Art videos are projected daily from 17:00 on the wall opposite the reception.
LIST OF ARTISTS
The Swiss sculptor, illustrator, action/concept artist and filmmaker studies the forces of nature and explores the possibilities of everyday objects. For years, he has been using explosives as other artists brushes and paint.
Kawamata aims to increase guests’ sense of well-being: instead of stone, you walk on soft wood or sit on insulating wooden benches. He creates places for relaxation and meditation. By means of temporary and thereby open situations or seemingly unfinished installations, he aims to provoke.
The neon sign "Spiritual Gold" at the bar is the handiwork of Ross Sinclaire – as are the T-shirts. Both are parts of the "Real Life and How to Live It" works. In his works, Sinclaire expresses his disillusionment and perhaps also sadness about what we have done to this world..
GABRIELLE HÄCHLER AND PIPILOTTI RIST
Together they built the Red Bar, which opened its doors in 1998. The S-shaped body forms a refreshing counterpart to the traditional lounge with its fireplace. The two artists have managed to create a situation in which both spaces charge and bounce back off each other: a truly sensual meeting venue.
Carsten Höller examines little-explored fields in the visual arts, such as drugs or gambling. Even with respect to human perception, he has developed a refreshing new approach.
From the prematurely deceased Martin Kippenberger, there are three letters from "The End of the Alphabet" hanging in the stairwell, an engine-powered small theatrical "blessing" and the "China Garden", a cabinet with "stones" made of foam that can be laid out as a Chinese garden.
She has transformed the kids’ casino into a colourful inferno.
It is clear that, for Chantal Michel, art is not external, but involves a person’s very being and body. The mediums she uses to stage her art are video, performance and photos.
This Amsterdam-based artist and wordsmith was greatly inspired by the venue and has created mysterious texts that have been applied to the southern facade.
The three young artists, who caused quite a stir at the Kunsthaus Zurich with their Sex Shop, have designed two magnificent displays specifically for the hotel. With "Sushi and Hummer", they have bridged the gap between kitchen and art.
With his fresh drawings that include logos and other figures from the consumer world or fairytale characters such as Pinocchio, Nic Hess creates huge murals.
This sculptor, who works with "living materials", is represented at the Castell with three photos. They depict works he has created together with guests during the last "Art Weekend".
The internationally renowned light artist has put light centre stage in Zuoz. From the open cylinder Skyspace Piz Utèr, you can watch the ever-changing sky, making you dream and reflect.
GERDA STEINER & JÖRG LENZLINGER
These two installation artists have transformed the sober dining room into a sacred space. From objects found on site such as flowers, branches and hunting trophies, they have created a delicately floating work of acacias.
… AND MORE
Next to the ice rink, Markus Schaub’s "Walls" take pride of place. Ruedi Bechtler’s flip-flop artwork graces the entrance, together with the results of his cultivation of algae. On the fifth floor, a group of photos by Gabriel Orozco can be found. Angela Buloch welcomes those entering with an interactive light sculpture as well as a light installation at the hotel bar, which makes reference to the film Blow-Up. Furthermore, there are two light Multiples by Jason Rhoades with the "Female Principle" installed.