10 artists have taken on the task of designing one room each at the HOTEL NOËL. With their individual styles and backgrounds, they interpret the theme, “The Christmas Paradox” in their own way. The rooms that are created aim to inspire, encourage to reflect, relax and delight.
Always drawing everywhere he goes, virtually nothing escapes his attention. Thus Ingo Giezendanner’s urban scenes are always full of little gems for the viewer to discover. His drawings evolve into picture books, murals, cartoon films, and dynamic maps.
Brothers Markus and Reto Huber have been working together for almost 20 years. They often refer to current political or social discussions in their works in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but without being cynical or menancing.
Luca Süss is one of the youngest talents at the HOTEL NOËL. Although Luca is now just completing their studies for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), they have already been exhibiting since 2018. In 2021, Süss’ work was awarded the Niarchos Award for Young Art.
Lynne Kouassi & Nora Heidorn
Lynne Kouassi’s artistic practice operates at the intersection of the public and the private, of relationships and meta-politics. In a precise yet gentle manner, she mixes visually understated, almost restrained compositions with explosive content. Part of this practice is to create frameworks that make the repressed more visible and allow viewers to cultivate their own sensitivity.
With her unique installations, Madame Tricot transports the beholder into a make-believe world of knitted treasures: her sausage and cheese counters and plates of vegetables and desserts are full of wit and irony. Her stagings represent a balancing act between fine art and craftsmanship and tie in with the Eat Art movement of the 1960s.
Olaf Breuning’s paintings, videos, installations, sculptures, photographs, and performances have been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions and are represented in the collections of renowned museums. His works deal with everyday objects and consumer goods in a humorous and ironically-whimsical way and show the image worlds shaped by the mass media in a new light.
The Zurich-based visual artist tells stories that are closely linked to her own experience of growing up in the so-called two-worlds system. Istifan’s art practice focuses on layered social dynamics, motivated by her experience of the way class, gender, and religion shape collectivism, politics, and personal relationships.
Gutmann constantly ventures out of the comfort zone of the artist’s studio and seeks a dialogue with people and his surroundings. The artist’s principal work is his Face-o-mat performance. He has been traveling the world with this since 2012 and has already shown it at, among others, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, and Art Central in Hong Kong.
Veli & Amos’ work uses language, codes, and the energy of graffiti and activism to draw attention to the problems and limitations of our present-day reality. They explore public space and pop culture in order to translate their knowledge into site-specific art or media-specific art.