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Rauschenberg

February 4, 2014
Art & Design, Hyatt Leaders, Park Hyatt

Just Unveiled! Park Hyatt Chicago’s New Contemporary Art

With 32-hotels strong, the Park Hyatt brand, which began more than 30 years ago right here in Chicago, is based on a simple notion from its founder Jay Pritzker: creating a hotel that is an extension of home that revolves around great food and wine, great art and the best level of service. And from Buenos Aires, to Shanghai, to Paris, we aim to deliver on those founding beliefs at every Park Hyatt around the world.

Last night, we were very excited to unveil an influential work of art from the innovative and prolific contemporary artist, Robert Rauschenberg. The new piece is now on display in the Park Hyatt Chicago lobby. Temporarily on loan from Hyatt’s Executive Chairman, Tom Pritzker, Rauschenberg’s Tropicana/Channel is part of his Cardboard and Related Series, which was created in 1971 amid the chaos of Rauschenberg’s move from New York to Florida that confined him to using only the materials he had on hand – cardboard boxes.

The official unveiling of Robert Rauschenberg's Tropicana/Channel at Park Hyatt Chicago

The official unveiling of Robert Rauschenberg’s Tropicana/Channel at Park Hyatt Chicago

The unveiling of this artwork comes at a very fitting time as the Park Hyatt brand unpacks its own boxes this year in new locations around the world, including Vienna, Zanzibar, and the highly anticipated Park Hyatt New York.

Rauschenberg’s Tropicana/Channel is a great example of Park Hyatt’s commitment to exposing guests and locals to the very best contemporary art. Around the world you can find Lucio Fontana’s 1984 sculpture “Testa Di Medusa” in the Cupola Lobby Lounge at Park Hyatt Milan; six works by Polish-American painter Ed Paschke that hang in Le Bar at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme; and a 570-square-foot mural by Sol LeWitt that the artist painted specially for the Park Hyatt Zurich foyer.

Below are a few other pictures from the official unveiling of the Tropicana/Channel where Tom Pritzker and Mark Hoplamazian were joined by family, friends, art experts and Chicago movers and shakers to celebrate this iconic work of art.

Hyatt President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian snapping a photo of the iconic artwork now displayed in the lobby of Park Hyatt Chicago

Hyatt President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian snapping a photo of the iconic artwork now displayed in the lobby of Park Hyatt Chicago

Hyatt Executive Chairman Tom Pritzker unveiling Robert Rauschenberg's Tropicana/Channel

Hyatt Executive Chairman Tom Pritzker unveiling Robert Rauschenberg’s Tropicana/Channel

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