REVEALED in Art: the Artist’s Splendor

THE FINAL STOP | Los Angeles

April 24th and will run through June 30th



Art is a revelation.  A triumph of spirit and the fundamental core of humanity. Our entire history is revealed in every form of creativity from every corner of the world and it is that precise idea that fostered the Sofitel’s latest Art Exhibition. With an exhibition of photography like nothing you will likely ever see again (unless you go to Barcelona or Paris), the awaiting world is invited in to see the artists simply being … real. Each artist is photographed in their element, giving art savants and inquisitive creatives a look at the very essence of the artist themselves. With careful works of Pablo Picasso, it’s impossible not to find yourself engrossed in the man who became the most photographed man in the world (in the company of Einstein and Ghandi). The background of his life as an artist is undeniably intriguing. There is a photo in this exhibition of Picasso at his final home in Cannes with a living room that appears to be in disarray and yet, that presumptive “mess” was his inspiration on display; every piece of cloth, every random knick knack, every colored canvas, every situated chair, piles of papers, everything had its purpose and that, I believe is one of the many reasons the world of an artist will continue to enthrall us.


With images of Matisse bedridden, still creating pieces of art with a stick that had a paintbrush attached to it’s end – to – Dali perched on a rock in what looks like a cave decorated with a live rhino and a painting resting in the background – to the one image that struck me as the most prolific and endearing of Kees Von Dongen situated in the middle of a grand room abundant in paintings that lined the walls, the furniture and the floor enveloping his entire self with nothing but art – this is an exhibition that begs you to see the artist not as a god, but as a human being. A human being completely lost in the wonder of creating and the truly remarkable realm of their intricately colorful imaginations.


The exhibition, curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso and orchestrated by Dominique Colliat and her team at Sofitel, is the story of the true Artist greats. With 30 selected photographs from Miro to Koons and Picasso to Chagall, viewers can wander through the entire 1st Floor of the Sofitel Hotel in search of a bit of something beautiful. In addition, there will be an inspired cocktail and dining menu that exemplifies the exhibition itself. Be sure you stop in at Riviera 31 for drinks and stay for dinner …

REVEALED_R31_Bar Menu Cubism  REVEALED_R31_Bar Menu SurrealismREVEALED_R31_Bar Menu Fauvism


About Olivier Widmaier Picasso

Olivier Widmaier Picasso studied law and works as a producer and advisor for audiovisual media in Paris as well as a license developer with numerous artists including the name and works of his grandfather Pablo Picasso. He recently coproduced and hosted TV documentaries about contemporary art and opera, and portraits of major creators in fashion, design, photography, architecture and music. His mother, Maya, is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter, with whom the artist was together from 1927 until 1944. He is the author of “Picasso, portrait intime” published in November 2013 (Albin Michel/Arte Éditions), soon to be translated in English, from which the TV documentary “Picasso, the legacy” has been adapted and will be broadcast worldwide.


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Exhibition features over 30 photos curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso



“Revealed” at Riviera 31 showcases 30-plus photos with curator Olivier Widmaier Picasso, author of Picasso Portrait Intime.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – June 30, 2015

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Riviera 31 Bar & Lounge

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

8555 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90048


March 18, 2015 – “Revealed” by Sofitel, a photography exhibition that takes an intimate look at the world’s greatest modern artists at work, will open to the public at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on April 24th and will run through June 30th, 2015.  The 30-plus compelling images were curated by Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso and author of Picasso: Portrait Intime, from the collection of French weekly magazine Paris Match. The photos are on display in the hotel’s restaurant, bar and lobby.


Among the prized photographs are a black-and-white image of Pablo Picasso eyeing a Dalmatian longing to climb onto his lap, Salvador Dalí painting at the Paris Zoo, Jeff Koons styling a BMW for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Pierre Soulages crouching over a work in progress, Kees van Dongen painting a posing Brigitte Bardot, and other striking images of René Magritte, Marc Chagall, Fernando Botero, Joan Miró, Jean Cocteau, Francis Bacon and others.


“The debut of Revealed by Sofitel marks our continued commitment to arts and culture with outreach into the communities our property serves,” said Eric Lemaire, Area General Manager Americas and General Manager Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.  We welcome this exclusive collaboration to Los Angeles that further demonstrates the Sofitel luxury hotel brand’s identification with acclaimed art worldwide.”


The exhibition has also inspired “Collection d’Art,” (“art collection”) a special menu selection created by Executive Chef Victor Boroda and served at the hotel’s Estérel restaurant ( Chef Boroda draws inspiration from the work of the most famous painters of the 20th Century, whose intimacy and daily life are revealed throughout the exhibition. Menus include signature dishes whimsically aligned with three of the exhibit’s featured art movements:  Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism. Additionally, Riviera 31 Lounge Barmixologists will feature inspired art cocktails for guests viewing the photographs throughout the run of show. The “Collection d’Art” three-course, prix fixe menus will be available from April 24ththrough June 30th, 2015.


“Revealed” by Sofitel at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills completes a five-city tour across the U.S. and Canada.  The exhibit was launched at Sofitel New York in June 2014 and displayed last year at Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette SquareSofitel Chicago Water Tower and Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile. The exhibition will travel to Budapest, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Munich, among other destinations.

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