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Life and arts with Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, Ghana

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, Ghana
Located in the heart of Ghana’s thriving cultural scene is a brand new five star luxury hotel, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra. The vibrant property features 269 incredible rooms, including 22 suites and 2 stunning presidential suites. Art is a key focus for the property and this is reflected in the unique pieces located throughout the hotel and in the independent contemporary art gallery located inside the hotel known as Gallery 1957.

Taking its name from the year Ghana gained independence; the gallery represents artists such as Jeremiah Quarshie, Yaw Owusu, Serge Attukwei Clottey and Zohra Opoku. Featured in the hotel’s collection are also outstanding pieces by Agosor, Ni Mills, Krotei Tetteh, Gideon Appah and Ablade Glover.  

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra encourages both local audiences and international visitors to discover new artists and to gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of their practices through the hotel installations and exhibitions at the gallery. With a range of exquisite dining options and a new spa to open in November, the property lives up to its name as the only true 5* hotel in Accra.  

Guests will be immersed in Ghanaian culture throughout the hotel, with the entrance lobby home to specially commissioned works from Ibrahim Mahama and Serge Attukwei Clottey. Clottey works from his studio in the Labadi and his work features fragments of yellow jerry can fastened to one another. Known for his large-scale, site-specific installations composed of jute sacks that investigate the material remnants of Ghana’s commodity markets, Ibrahim Mahama’s work has been installed in various public locations in and around Kumasi and Accra and shown at museums around the world.  

Following further through the hotel, The Gallery Bar features a collection of photographs from Zohra Opoku. Given her German upbringing and background in fashion, Opoku has a traditional and stylish touch which is reflected in her work. With Ghana as her main point of inspiration in her work, Opoku’s TEXTURES series experiments with form, fabric and light.  

Outstanding pieces by Jeremiah Quarshie also feature within the hotel’s Papillion Restaurant. Born in 1985 in Accra, Quarshie studied fine art at Ghana’s renowned Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi whose alumni include El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama. Quarshie works predominantly in portraiture, creating large scale hyper-realistic paintings commenting on his social observations on life in Accra. One of Quarshie’s works from his series Yellow is the Colour of Water is hung just outside the Papillion Restaurant, yellow plastic jerry cans are a motif used to comment on Accra’s water shortage problem.  

Conveniently located in-house, guests also have the opportunity to explore the world-class Gallery 1957. Founded by Marwan Zakhem, the gallery has developed from over 15 years of private collecting. With an initial curatorial focus on contemporary Ghanaian art, the gallery showcases a collection of exhibitions, installations and performances by the area’s most noteworthy artists under the creative direction of Nana Oforiatta Ayim.  

Marwan Zakhem commented, “The gallery evolved from my experience as a collector of contemporary African art. I began building relationships with artists and understanding their creative process better. I decided to found Gallery 1957 to support, complement and highlight the art scene that is already started to grow here in Accra. It wanted to establish the gallery to provide increased opportunities for artists based in Ghana and the hotel provided the ideal location. The work being created here is very exciting, emotive and often experimental and I hope visitors will enjoy the experience of discovering art at the Kempinski.”  

Gallery 1957’s upcoming programme will include collaborations with Zohra Opoku, Jeremiah Quarshie, Yaw Owusu, and other artists currently bridging the gap between local and international practices. In future, the gallery will also exhibit younger and older generations of Ghanaian artists, alongside artists from the Diaspora and wider international artistic communities. The introduction of Gallery 1957 strengthens the presence of existing independent structures thriving currently in Accra, including Accra dot Alt, FCA, the Nubuke Foundation, and ANO.

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