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New York — By Steve Mirsky on November 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

Fine Art and Special Deals at Kitano New York

The Kitano, NYC’s first and only Japanese-owned hotel always seems to be offering up new and unique incentives to stay here.  Now through December, they have partnered with the Morgan Library & Museum to showcase a complimentary exhibit that highlights the museum’s main collection.  This way, you’ll either get motivated to see what the museum’s entire collection has to offer or, if you simply don’t have the time, get a taste of it for free.

Botero Sculpture in Kitano Lobby

Botero Sculpture in Kitano Lobby

Several display cases on the Mezzanine near the Bar Lounge include hand crafted Spanish porcelain Zodiac Plates reproduced from illuminated 15th century manuscripts, a series of 5 limited edition Vincent van Gogh plates designed from the artist’s correspondence with friends and fellow artists Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin, and sketches of Jean de Brunhoff’s Historie de Babar, le petit elephant circa 1931 (now the beloved elephant cartoon character, Babar).

Besides this temporary exhibit, The Kitano has a permanent onsite world-renowned art collection of its own.  The hotel’s signature piece is the Botero’s bronze sculpture, “Dog,” which greets guests in the hotel lobby upon arrival. Other artists featured throughout the hotel include Red Grooms, Ed Baynard, and photographers Joel Greenberg and Henri Silberman.

And here’s the best part…price breaks!  Guests who book a stay now through December get reduced rates and a 10 percent discount at The Morgan Library & Museum’s bookstore.  Keep checking the Kitano’s Twitter stream for more details and their latest specials.  Recently, they offered 20% off the standard rate simply by signing up to follow.

photo courtesy of Kitano New York

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