Haute Hotel Art

Courtesy of Andaz Amsterdam Princengracht

Hotels team up with museums to bring in impressive works.

Oslo’s months-old The Thief (rooms, from $315; Landgangen 1; 47-24/004-000; thethief.com) has paired up with its neighbor, the new Renzo Piano–designed contemporary art museum Astrup Fearnley Museum (Strandpromenaden 2; afmuseet.no), to hang work by the likes of Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg and Niki de Saint Phalle on its walls, while The James Royal Palm (rooms, from $200; 1545 Collins Ave.; 305-604-5700; jameshotels.com), new to South Beach, Miami, has aligned itself with the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (770 NE 125th St.; mocanomi.org), whose executive director and chief curator, Bonnie Clearwater, selected local artist Jorge Pantoja to create a permanent installation of sunny-colored mixed-media works in the hotel’s lobby. (Clearwater has also just purchased two more of Pantoja’s latest works for the museum’s own collection.)

And Amsterdam’s new Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht (rooms, from $425; Prinsengracht 587; 31-20/523-1234; andaz.com), which was designed top to bottom by Dutchman Marcel Wanders and contains an impressive collection of video art in its lobby and hallways, has an exchange set up with the recently reopened Stedelijk Museum (Museumplein 10; stedelijk.nl); so far, it’s the hotel that’s given something to the museum—Meiro Koizumi’s 2011 Defect in Vision—but the coming months will see the Andaz benefiting from the Stedelijk’s artistic largesse, too.