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Brief Published: 17 Apr 2013

Grand Hotel Exhibition, Vancouver


A new exhibition charting the evolution of the hotel has launched at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life will offer an extensive view of historical and contemporary hotel design, with a focus on four central themes: travel, social, culture and design.

The exhibition will document the international history of the hotel in relation to events such as the Great Depression, the Second World War and the rise of commercial air travel, as well as exploring trends in hotel and resort design and the emergence of hotel industries in emerging markets such as the Middle East and China. One area of the exhibition will explore the traditional hotel lobby, from early designs to its more recent manifestation as a social space (see New Lobby Concepts for more on this). 

US-based hotel chain Ace will curate the exhibition’s gift shop. The hotel group’s in-house creative services team Atelier Ace has designed a range of souvenirs exclusively for the exhibit, which includes items such as T-shirts, tote bags, postcards and notebooks, which will be available in the pop-up shop. Ace has also designed a shirt, inspired by classic usher uniforms, for the gallery staff to wear. Read more about Ace Hotel in Ace Hotel: Cultural Engineering and Hotels as Hyper-Local Cultural Hubs.

Grand Hotel opened on April 13 2013 and will run to September 15 2013.

Grand Hotel

Ace Hotel

Image: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery