ART & DESIGN
Art to provoke and inspire, design to surprise and delight: SHIROIYA HOTEL is an immersive experience
Stay in a dynamic gallery of site-specific and curated art. You will find a rich variety of works by international and local artists throughout the hotel, from Lawrence Weiner's epic signboards on the hotel facade, Hiroshi Sugimoto's calm seascape at the reception, and the cinematic lighting installation of Leandro Erlich, to the individual works in each guest room.
The two buildings of the SHIROIYA HOTEL were designed to blend old and new, connecting Maebashi's past as an industrial powerhouse of silk production, with its ongoing revitalization. What started as a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) over 300 years ago, grew into a hotel in the 1970s, and has now been completely reshaped and reimagined. World-renowned architect Sou Fujimoto gutted the main building to form a light-filled atrium, bringing new energy to the structure. He also created the Green Tower: a "hill" that appears to grow out of the landscape, reflecting the ancient topography of the area. The reborn hotel is a masterpiece of minimalist luxury that serves as a cultural axis for the city of Maebashi.
Pick up a guide to the art when you check in. You will also find a QR code in your room with details of the room's artwork. Read on to learn more about the works featured in the hotel, with their locations.
FROM THE HEAVENS,READ MORE
FROM THE PRAIRIES,
FROM THE SEA,
FROM THE MOUNTAINS, 2020
Inverted Discussion, 2020READ MORE
Unity Channelled, 2019
Sea of Galilee, Golan, 1992READ MORE
By physical or cognitive means (Broken Window Theory 02 August), 2019READ MORE
Cycle – World “Generating I”, 1992READ MORE
Lighting Pipes, 2020READ MORE
The Demon of JealousyREAD MORE
Painting of Painting 20, 2019READ MORE
Time Neon – 02, 2020READ MORE
Life (le corps sans organes)–no.17, 2013
Life (le corps sans organes)–no.10, 2014
Dragon God of Mount AkagiREAD MORE
Courtesy of ShinsokenREAD MORE