Massive Attack, Trent Reznor & Flea Will Soundtrack Banksy Walled Off Hotel In Palestine
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:06:41
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On Saturday, Banksy's newest project, an art hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestine, will open. The Walled Off Hotel (punning on The Waldorf Hotel) features what is being called "the worst view in the world," with windows overlooking the wall separating the Palestinian territory from Israel. It's opening coincides with the centenary year of 2017, which "marks a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict."
The hotel's official website explains, "The Walled Off Hotel is an entirely independent leisure facility set up and financed by Banksy. It is not aligned to any political movement or pressure group. The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves."
One of the real pulls of the hotel are the rooms, several of which are curated by famous artists. Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin have each customised guest rooms, and more are set to follow.
On the music side of things, there is also a piano bar with a player piano. Every night, the bar will host concerts that were recorded specifically for the hotel's mechanical, remote controlled piano. The first artist in residency is Massive Attack's 3D who will present, "the greatest hits of Massive Attack played with three hands." Other upcoming artists include Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Flea, and Hans Zimmer.
The hotel also features a gallery that "is curated by the venerated historian and critic Dr. Housni Alkhateeb Shehada. He has assembled a permanent collection of real heft and significance. Many of the most notable Palestinian artists from the past 20 years are here — including Sliman Mansour with his iconic "And the Convoy Keeps Going"." As well as a museum that "is dedicated solely to the biography of the wall."
Those interested in booking should not hesitate, and make their reservations now, as the hotel only intends to be open for one full year.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff