Guggenheim offers ultimate sleepover for art lovers

Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:59am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - New York art lovers now have the ultimate sleepover to rival children's nocturnal stays at the Natural History Museum -- a night in the Guggenheim Museum.

The Guggenheim Museum is welcoming overnight guests as part of a new exhibition called "theanyspacewhatever" and the rates aren't bad compared to the usual high prices for central Manhattan hotels.

The Guggenheim's Chief Curator Nancy Spector said the idea came up when Carsten Holler, one of 10 artists whose works make up the exhibition, was working through plans for his exhibit "Revolving Hotel Room."

Holler, a Belgian artist who lives and works in Sweden, asked if the museum would be willing to extend its opening hours to accommodate a hotel room.

"We were very interested in it, because it does in many ways encapsulate the concerns of these artists to really stretch the parameters of what a museum can be," Spector told Reuters Television.

"At night our guests will be able to stay in the museum and enjoy the exhibition by themselves."

She said this concept fitted the idea of the overall exhibition in which the artists mix visual arts with other disciplines such as literature, architecture, design and theater to extend the usual practices of museum.

The first overnight guest at the exhibition, which opens on Friday and runs until January 7, will be actress Chloe Sevigny who will sleep in the room on Saturday.

The "Revolving Hotel Room" consists of sleeping, dressing, and working areas mounted on top of four glass discs that all turn at a very slow speed.   Continued...