Silversea Unveils Grand Asia Pacific Voyage In Partnership With The Peninsula Hotels

Silversea Cruises has announced a partnership with The Peninsula Hotels that will enhance the programming for Silver Muse‘s 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019 now open to reservations. The two renowned luxury brands will also collaborate on other Asia-focused itineraries.

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Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse at Sea. The ship will embark on a 73-day Grand Asia Pacific Voyage, departing on February 2, 2019, as part of the First Quarter Itinerary for 2019.

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud joining the Expedition fleet in 2018, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and 1,000 fascinating destinations in between.

The Grand Asia Pacific Voyage will sail from Sydney to Tokyo, visiting 39 enchanting destinations in 12 countries. On this extraordinary journey, Silver Muse will trace a path through lands Down Under, revealing its unique cultures and breath-taking scenery — from Sydney’s iconic Opera House to the green-draped fjords of New Zealand‘s Milford Sound. The adventure then continues to the timeless treasures and futuristic vision of Asia, with a trio of segments encompassing Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

The Peninsula Hotels will enrich the experience for Silversea guests with insider knowledge provided on the exotic Asian destination by an on board team of local specialists and chefs. Guests will also enjoy exclusive events in select Asian cities, arranged in collaboration with The Peninsula Hotels.

Providing the perfect finishing touch will be a three-night post-cruise stay at The Peninsula Tokyo, where guests will be treated to a Japanese-themed dinner event in the hotel’s elegant Grand Ballroom.

We are delighted and honoured to have this opportunity to partner with such a legendary brand,” said Mr Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s executive chairman. “The Peninsula Hotels shares our commitment to excellence and providing the highest level of personal attention, and we are certain this will be reflected in every detail of their contributions to our guests’ travel experience.”

Aboard Silver Muse guests enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine at eight dining venues, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programs; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); on board gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments); and one hour of complimentary Wi-Fi per day for all guests.

We are delighted to announce this partnership with Silversea, which marks an exceptional and personalised travel opportunity. Silversea is globally recognised as an innovative leader in ultra-luxury cruising and The Peninsula is renowned as one of the world’s finest ultra-luxury hotel brands. By coming together, the two companies will offer a seamless and exquisite journey on sea and on land for our discerning guests,” said Mr Clement Kwok, CEO of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels. “We look forward to developing personalised programmes that will provide Silversea guests with truly memorable and authentic experiences of Asia’s culture, history and traditions.”

Gaetano Pesce Art Exhibition at The Peninsula Chicago

Aligning With Expo Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago Announces An Exhibition Celebrating Artist, Architect And Designer Gaetano Pesce Curated by Salon 94 Design

The Peninsula Chicago presents an exclusive art exhibition with works created by impresario artist, architect, and designer Gaetano Pesce. Curated by Salon 94 Design, the exhibition entitled, What it is to be Human,” aligns with the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 13 to 17, 2017, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial September 16 to January 7, 2018. The collection is open to the public and displayed in the hotel, September 11 to October 9, 2017.

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Gaetano Pesce, Palladio Cabinet, 2007. Photo by Jeff Elstone

With this exhibition, The Peninsula Hotels is continuing its support of innovative public art around the world, by partnering with museums, galleries, and private collectors so guests may enjoy pioneering works by established masters and emerging artists. Each hotel has committed to supporting the arts and art-related Peninsula Academy programs.The Peninsula Chicago Logo

The exhibit title explains how Gaetano’s art connects with humanity, showcasing joy in each piece: featuring 20 objects including: Ritratto dell’ Uomo Centento Cabinet, 2016; Palladio Cabinet, 2007; two versions of Rug Wall Lamp, 2017; Friend Lamp, 2014; What it is to be human chandelier, 2012; Lake Table, 2012; Ricordo della Gamba Sinistra (Skin), 2015; Ritratto di quello che non guarda…o almeno così sembra (Skin), 2015; a selection of Tree Vases, 2015-2017; and ‘Donna’ chair 1969, on loan from Luminaire—an armchair and pouf—a metaphor of the female figure and whimsically comes with a ball and chain. All objects are available for purchase.

Gaetano Pesce's Rug Wall Lamps, 2017

Gaetano Pesce, Rug Wall Lamps, 2017

Maria Razumich-Zec, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Peninsula Chicago says, “Known for celebrating thoughtful art within the hotel, it is our honor to display Mr. Pesce’s works that provoke thought, emotion and dialogue.”

We are extremely grateful for our partnership with The Peninsula Chicago as both our Official Hotel Sponsor and their ongoing commitment to presenting international artworks to the Chicago community,” said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Gaetano Pesce is an internationally respected artist and this is a not-to-be-missed exhibition.”

Expo Chicago 2017 logo

Expo Chicago 2017 logo

“The work of iconic designer Gaetano Pesce, at The Peninsula Chicago, highlights Salon 94 Design’s focus on radical design. Gaetano’s 50-year career is centered around experimenting with materials and technologies. Featured are his papier-mâche and resin tree vases, recalling the Tuscan landscape of his youth, alongside his explosive sculptural sconces,” said Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, owner of Salon 94 Design. Continue reading

The Whitney To Present Myth Astray: A Project By Arto Lindsay

Contributors include Júlio Bressane, Barbara Browning, Gustavo di Dalva, Christopher Dunn, and Pedro Meira Monteiro

Brazilian-American artist and experimental composer Arto Lindsay will present MYTH ASTRAY, a series of talks, screenings, and musical performances at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art from September 7 to 10.

On the occasion of the current Whitney exhibitions Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and Calder: Hypermobility, MYTH ASTRAY brings together a multidisciplinary group of artists and scholars to explore the themes of Oiticica’s work and life. Lindsay kicks off the project with the debut of a site-specific installation and a ticketed solo performance on Thursday evening, September 7, in the Museum’s Susan and John Hess Theater. He returns on Saturday, September 9, to perform with the noisemakers and instrument-like objects made by Alexander Calder that were inspired by his travels to Brazil in the late 1940s.

Miguel Rio Branco, Babylonests, 1971. Digital projection, dimensions variable. Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro

Miguel Rio Branco, Babylonests, 1971. Digital projection, dimensions variable. Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro

Three seminal films by Júlio Bressane, an influential member of Brazil’s Cinema Marginal movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s, screen throughout the weekend. Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (1969), O Anjo Nasceu (1969), and Cuidado Madame (1970) are among the films to be shown.

Speakers include award-winning novelist, dancer, and cultural critic Barbara Browning and scholars of Brazilian studies Christopher Dunn and Pedro Meira Monteiro. Brazilian percussionist Gustavo di Dalva—who has performed and recorded with some of Brazil’s preeminent musicians, including Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, and Caetano Veloso—performs throughout the weekend.

The program will explore Tropicália, Samba, and the Brazilian avant-garde, focusing on the aesthetic and political movements of Brazil that were central to Oiticica’s practice and the period he spent in New York in the 1970s, where he was stimulated by the art, music, poetry, and theater scenes.

A complete schedule of events is noted below. Programs and screenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are free with Museum admission. For more information, visit whitney.org.

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All events will take place in the Museum’s Susan and John Hess Family Theater, Floor 3.

Thursday, September 7

8 pm: Arto Lindsay in Concert

Tickets are required ($25 adults; $18 members, students and seniors). Capacity is limited, and all tickets are standing room only. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Friday, September 8

  • 3 pm: “Beyond the Image Problem: Hélio Oiticica and Tropicália,” a talk by Christopher Dunn
  • 4 pm: Screening of Júlio Bressane’s O Anjo Nasceu, 1969 (90 min)
  • 6 pm: “Gambiarra rocks: from the concrete to the precarious; from the individual to the collective in Hélio Oiticica,” a talk by Pedro Meira Monteiro
  • 7:30 pm: Performance by Gustavo di Dalva
  • 8:30 pm: “Manhatã: Brazilian in New York,” a talk by Barbara Browning

Saturday, September 9

  • 12 pm: “Manhatã: Brazilian in New York,” a talk by Barbara Browning
  • 2 pm: Performance of Alexander Calder’s noisemakers
  • 3 pm: Performance of Alexander Calder’s noisemakers
  • 4:30 pm: Performance by Gustavo di Dalva
  • 5 pm: “Beyond the Image Problem: Hélio Oiticica and Tropicália,” a talk by Christopher Dunn
  • 6 pm: Performance by Gustavo di Dalva
  • 6:30 pm: “Gambiarra rocks: from the concrete to the precarious; from the individual to the collective in Hélio Oiticica,” a talk by Pedro Meira Monteiro
  • 8:30 pm: Screening of Júlio Bressane’s Film Cuidado Madame, 1970 (70 min)

Sunday, September 10

  • 11 am: “Beyond the Image Problem: Hélio Oiticica and Tropicália,” a talk by Christopher Dunn
  • 12 pm: “Manhatã: Brazilian in New York,” a talk by Barbara Browning
  • 1 pm: Performance by Gustavo di Dalva
  • 1:30 pm: “Gambiarra rocks: from the concrete to the precarious; from the individual to the collective in Hélio Oiticica,” a talk by Pedro Meira Monteiro
  • 2:30 pm: Performance by Gustavo di Dalva
  • 4 pm: Screening of Júlio Bressane’s Film Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema, 1969 (90 min)

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Support for the national tour of this exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In New York, major support is provided by The Whitney’s National Committee. Continue reading

Now Open: The Spectacular New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya

The New Property Marks A New Era Of Luxurious Hospitality And Personalized Service In The Capital Of Kuwait

Four Seasons Invites Guests To Experience Its Newest Hotel In The Gulf Region With Special Introductory Offer

Entering the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the dramatic staircase, spiraling 13 meters (43 feet) up through the soaring lobby, appearing to defy gravity as it makes its way toward the sky. Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is part of a growing collection of Four Seasons hotels and resorts in the Gulf region, including award-winning hotels in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, and three properties in the United Arab Emirates.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Grand Stairways in Lobby

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Grand Stairways in Lobby

Our own ‘stairway to heaven’ is quickly becoming the symbol of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, and indeed it reflects the optimism one feels in this dynamic city,” notes General Manager Didier Jardin on the occasion of the Hotel’s opening day. “For our team of 415 staff, it’s a daily inspiration to take the hospitality experience to new heights, proudly introducing renowned Four Seasons service culture in a new country while being at the vanguard of the company’s continuing leadership around the world.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Kuwait City

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya in Kuwait City (Far Right)

Located within the new, two-tower Burj Alshaya development – the stylish new centerpiece of Kuwait City – Four Seasons is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers visiting the city, as well as local guests to dine, entertain and relax. Indeed, with 2,912 square meters (31,349 square feet) of beautifully-appointed event spaces hosting up to 1,200 guests, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait already has many important business meetings and social events on the calendar – including 21 weddings so far.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Royal Suite

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Royal Suite

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Guest Room

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Guest Room

With 217 guest rooms plus 67 lavish suites, the property easily transforms for each individual guest, whether in the city to do business, enjoy an urban getaway for two, or with the whole family for a holiday filled with shopping, sightseeing and playing in the outdoor pool. Four dining venues – plus a fifth opening this month – showcase the creations of international culinary talent while celebrating local tastes and traditions. A two-level spa complex hosts innovative treatments as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and second swimming pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya - Hotel Public Space

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Hotel Public Space

The Look of the New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait

Conceived by Gensler architects and designed by Yabu Pushelberg, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait easily stands among the most striking hotels in the world, and yet it is distinctly Kuwaiti in style and ambiance. Continue reading