Go back to the e-newsletter >MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts is preparing to offer travellers more insight into Thailand when the latest in its unique collection of luxury boutique properties, MANATHAI Surin, Phuket opens on 1 November 2015.Located at the edge of Surin Beach on Phuket’s west coast, the 66-room boutique resort is only 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport.MANATHAI Surin Phuket will be the fourth property of the independent Thai hospitality group, the other 3 situated in Hua Hin, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, as the group makes good its promise of unveiling 4 resorts in its first year of operations following its launch at World Travel Market in London late last year.“We have moved ahead with purpose and remained true to our objectives of opening 4 resorts in 12 months, all in high-quality beachfront locations and offering a uniqueness by embracing Thai culture and values,” said MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts COO, Christoph Berger.“MANATHAI Surin Phuket complements our vision perfectly, especially in the elegance of its design that presents a refined and contemporary interpretation of traditional Thai styles and service concepts, establishing a true sense of place for guests, and a quality and cultured experience.”Thainess is found in particular in the way the resort is designed, with Thai textures, fabrics and flavours featured in the resort’s facilities. Materials used include rattan and carved wooden Thai motifs, offset by vibrant local silks under the high ceilings of the public areas. Rooms will also be enriched by this approach with terracotta flooring and fashionable fabrics and hangings.Lotus ponds will grace the resorts’ pool and outer areas, which are enclosed by 3m-high hedges, creating a calm and naturally cloistered open space that ensures absolute privacy and a peaceful retreat-like ambiance.Cuisine features prominently in the experience for all guests. The pool bar offers light fare while signature restaurant Pad Thai features the iconic Thai dish and a range of other traditional Thai food cooked with authentic precision. Pad Thai serves breakfast before seguing into an all-day dining restaurant in the day and a specialty Thai experience for dinner. Cooking classes are also available.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Sotheby’s has announced the upcoming auction of a series of 49 important works from the renowned Sammlung Lenz Schönberg Collection of “Zero-Art”, assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Lenz over a period of 50 years. The sale will take place in February 2010, as part of Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Auction. The pieces include several different forms of media by a range of contemporary and post-war artists, such as Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Günther Uecker, Roman Opalka and Victor Vasarely, all of whom belonged to the European movement “Zero”. Combined, these works are estimated to bring in more than $19.8 million.Chairman of Contemporary Art for Sotheby’s Europe, Cheyenne Westphal, explained the works’ extraordinary value, stating, “The collection of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Lenz is the largest and most comprehensive group of museum-quality ‘Zero’ movement art ever to have been assembled. To be offering for sale this representative selection of works from a collection of such outstanding provenance and quality is a great privilege for Sotheby’s. We anticipate that the appearance of these works at auction early next year will further advance the international appreciation of this pivotal period of art history and generate tremendous excitement among collectors and connoisseurs of Post-War and Contemporary Art around the world.”After 50 years, Anna and Gerhard Lenz are now taking time to reflect on their vital engagement with contemporary art in Europe. Throughout their impressive half-century of investing in art, they’ve assembled a comprehensive selection of 600 works and have repeatedly exhibited them with their own funding. In total there have been thirteen museum exhibitions in cities all across Europe, including Barcelona, Frankfurt, Madrid, Munich, Moscow, Salzburg and Warsaw. Most important to Mr. and Mrs. Lenz has been to prove that these artists—50 in all—represent the same point of view while remaining independent of one another. Spiritually and effectively, they present a shared consciousness of Europe in artistic terms.Following the destruction of WWII and the ensuing defeat of fascism, a new world opened up. “Zero” embraces the vision of a brighter, more peaceful world, one that engages with the principles of monochrome and dynamism, movement and light.