Francisco de Zubarán Comes To Dusseldorf

I may be biased, but Dusseldorf is truly an amazing city.  It offers the benefits of a major metropolitan, yet is moderate in size making everything accessible by foot.  Discovering all this city has to offer is one of my favorite hobbies.  I am especially enamored with the art scene, which is undeniably rich.  We have the Art Academy with its long history, where famous painters have both studied and taught. Then their are the K20 that displays art of the 20th century and the K21, which features art of the 21st century.  And then there is the Kunstpalast museum, which translates “art palace“ and is currently featuring a brand-new exhibition showcasing the work of Francisco de Zubarán.


Francisco de Zubarán (1598 – 1664) is one of Europe’s most beloved and famous artists.  His style perfectly captures the balance between dark shades and light colors, often depicting portraits and churches.  His work has a real mystical feeling to it that has captivated audiences for centuries.

The exhibit, which is scheduled through January31st has garnered international attention.  In fact Queen Letizia of Spain opened the exhibit herself!  But you don’t have to be royal to experience  Zubarán’s works.  I suggest taking advantage of the relationship between Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel and Kunstpalast by allowing your Personal Assistant to arrange a private tour of the exhibition.

For more information on the Francisco de Zubarán exhibition as well as other artistic experiences throughout Dusseldorf, please be sure to speak with your Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistant.

Francisco de Zubarán In Düsseldorf

Ich bin vermutlich nicht ganz objektiv, doch Düsseldorf ist wirklich eine wunderbare Stadt. Wir können die Vorzüge eine Großstadt genießen, doch gleichzeitig ist alles zu Fuß zu erreichen. Eines meiner liebsten Hobbies ist es, das kulturelle Angebot meiner Heimatstadt immer wieder neu zu entdecken. Musicals, Theater und die Oper sind immer einen Besuch wert, aber was wirklich außergewöhnlich ist, sind die vielen Angebote im Bereich Kunst. Wir haben die Kunstakademie, mit einer langen Geschichte, an der auch schon bekannte Künstler gelernt und unterrichtet haben. Wir haben das K20, welches Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts präsentiert und das K21 mit Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts. Doch wir haben auch das Museum Kunstpalast, welches zur Zeit Werke des Künstlers Francisco de Zubarán präsentiert.


Francisco de Zubarán (1598 – 1664) ist einer der bekanntesten und meist geschätzten Künstler Europas. Besonders bekannt ist er dafür, wie er helle und dunkle Farben miteinander kombiniert, meist anhand von Portraits und Kirchengemälden. Seine Bilder haben einen mystischen Ausdruck, womit er über die Jahrhunderte hinweg Kunstliebhaber in seinen Bann zog und auch heute noch zieht.

Die Ausstellung, welche noch bis zum 31. Januar läuft, hat auch international für Aufsehen gesorgt. Tatsächlich ist Königin Letizia von Spanien persönlich zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung angereist! Aber ihr müsst nicht blaublütig sein, um Zubaráns Werke zu bestaunen. Ich empfehle Euch von der Beziehung zwischen dem Kunstpalast und dem Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel zu profitieren, indem ihr unseren Persönlichen Assistenten erlaubt eine private Führung durch die Ausstellung zu arrangieren.

Die Persönlichen Assistenten bei uns im Breidenbacher Hof können Euch auch gerne mehr Informationen zu der Francisco de Zubarán Ausstellung geben, oder zu anderen Aktivitäten in Düsseldorf.

Take An Insider Tour Of Georgetown

If you’ve visited Georgetown, you’ve seen the quaint cobblestone streets and know of the rich history this charming D.C. neighborhood holds.  I have always been a very big fan of the beautiful waterfront neighborhood that is unlike any other in the Washington, D.C. area.  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is fortunate enough to be located right in the heart, next to the historic C&O Canal and a short walk to the Georgetown Waterfront.  For those who have yet to visit D.C. and Georgetown, I wanted to share with you a tour of some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful neighborhood.

I invite you to take a tour of Georgetown with me as I visit my favorite 4 places on a Saturday!

Baked and Wired#1 – Visit Baked & Wired
If you’re like me and you need to start your morning off with an energizing cup of coffee, I have just the place for you!  Family owned artsy coffee shop and bakery located on Thomas Jefferson Street has the best espresso drinks and cupcakes to match.  Choose from over 20 options of creatively baked options while enjoying the local ambiance.

Georgetown Waterfront#2 – Stroll Down The Georgetown Waterfront
When you are all fueled up on coffee, make your way down one block to the Georgetown Waterfront to enjoy boat watching and family fun water sports.  Whether you get behind the wheel of a kayak and steer through the Potomac River or relax on the steps leading to the Waterfront, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in the sun!

#3 – Visit Dumbarton Oaks
Treat your eyes to a beautiful renowned landscape gardens by visiting Dumbarton Oaks.  Enriched with history from the early 1800’s, the home offers rooms of original art from different eras.

fried duck egg burger#4 – Indulge in a burger at The Grill Room
After walking around town, feast on one of my favorite burgers in The Grill Room made by Executive Chef Frank Ruta, the Fried Duck Egg Burger!  It will satisfy your every craving.

I love sharing the gem of Georgetown with everyone that comes to visit.  There is so much to see and experience while you’re in Washington, D.C., being in the Nation’s Capital has all the advantages any traveler would look for.  I would love to see pictures of your D.C. travels and Georgetown finds.  Share your photos with me at @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community!

A Visit to the Singapore Art Museum

Located in the heart of the arts and culture district of Bras Basah, the Singapore Art Museum is the perfect stop for art lovers. Featuring one of the world’s largest collection of contemporary Southeast Asian art, it is easy to get lost inside just admiring and appreciating the art.

Just yesterday, I spent the whole afternoon walking through the halls of the art museum. While visiting the museum, I learned that the building was a former Catholic boys’ school, St Joseph’s Institution. Originally built in 1867 by a Catholic Father and a group of La Salle Brothers, the St Joseph’s Institution in Brash Basah was the educational home to boys here in Singapore for more than 120 years. Wanting to preserve the beautiful 19th century French architecture, the building was gazetted in 1992 as a national monument and after a S$30 million restoration project, was opened in 1996 as the now Singapore Art Museum.

The Singapore Art Museum is housed in the former St Joseph's Institution, originally built in 1867.

The Singapore Art Museum is housed in the former St Joseph’s Institution, originally built in 1867. Photo credit: Lay Leng Low (via Pinterest)

It was wonderful just walking through the hallowed halls learning all about contemporary Southeast Asian art. The art took on various forms, many were interactive mixed-medium art pieces and some were very experimental. I especially enjoyed the very interactive exhibition entitled Sensorium 360 which explores the way we use our senses to interact and understand the world. The exhibition will be on until 22 October 2014 and is worth visiting. I especially enjoyed walking through a completely darkened room surrounding by laser lights, not unlike the laser lights seen in movies like Mission Impossible. That particular installation challenged my perception of space and reality.

While walking through the museum, I imagined myself travelling back in time to the 19th century. As if I was one of the St Joseph Institution students running to class through the beautiful hallways. When restoring the museum, the architects tried to be as faithful as possible to the original architecture as possible. They even tried to replicate the old school hall to its original glory by following blueprints they found. The architects even managed to commission new tiles that matched the old original tiles exactly. No detail was too little to be left out. The courtyard, which were the old school quadrangles where the boys used to have their morning assembly and play basketball, are now spacious courtyards where guests can enjoy coffee or just the peace and tranquility the museum affords.

Two very important additions they had to include are the glass windows to ensure that all 18 galleries have climate controlled temperatures to preserve the artwork and also the reinforced concrete floors necessary to support the heavy art installations.

The Singapore Art Museum is an easy 20-minute drive from Capella Singapore. Entry is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents and S$10 for visitors. Our Personal Assistants would be delighted to organise a tour of the Singapore Art Museum for you. They can be reached at +65 6591 5034/35 and

Making Organic Jewelry with Mónica Guitérrez


The month of June at Capella Ixtapa is all about art and culture!  Every weekend during this month at Capella Ixtapa Art & Culture Festival we are hosting different events featuring local artists and experts.  On Fridaya you can join us for a cocktail and canapés, meet and talk with participating artists and see their work firsthand.  Then, come back Saturdays for painting and jewelry making classes, and on Sundays come and enjoy the art exhibition!

I am very excited to meet all of the artists, see their inspiring work and get to learn from their vision, ideas, love for art, culture and our lovely Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  I was intrigued by the work of local organic jeweler, Mónica Gutiérrez, and decided to join her jewelry making class.  I was curious to see how I can turn my shells and other souvenirs that I collect from my visits to the beaches, into something even more beautiful and wearable.  After the class Mónica was very kind to sit and chat with me about her work and inspiration.


Mónica, thank you so much for participating in Capella Ixtapa’s Art & Culture Festival, I love your work, and I enjoyed the jewelry making class a lot!  Could you please tell our readers about yourself and about your work?

Thank you so much!  It is my pleasure to be part of the festival, it is such an honor to share my knowledge with you and your guests and visitors.  I started giving jewelry classes about 13 years ago, and very soon after that I got drawn into making organic jewelry.  I was captivated by its originality and complexity, mainly for the immense possibilities, which nature gives us, to immortalize the form and texture of any element, be it a leaf, bone, seeds, wood, and so on.  From my beginnings in creating jewelry and until today I have divided my time between creating the jewelry and giving workshops.  The majority of my time is dedicated to making jewelry, but I also love giving workshops and teaching my techniques to others.

Which materials are best for creating organic jewelry, and where do you get them?  What is your inspiration when creating jewelry?

I get inspired by everything nature gives us!  I take the elements that I find interesting and prepare them for melting, and then pour on silver.  Once the elements are prepared for melting I see how to put them together.  It all depends on what kind of elements they are, stones, crystals, glass, skin, seeds, textiles, and others.


Artist Mónica Gutiérrez (right) with participants at the jewelry making class at Capella Ixtapa.

What do you like best in creating organic jewelry?

Everything!  From the selection of elements, preparing them for the working process, creating the piece, and then finally to feel the reaction of people when they see it, and see it on people wearing it…  I love everything about it!

What advice would you give to anyone that is interested in making their own organic jewelry?

They should feel their work and have a lot of patience.

You live in Zihuatanejo, can you share with me and our readers what do you like best about our town, and perhaps share your favorite place?

I love our vast pristine beaches, the rich and beautiful nature.  My favorite place in the area is Troncones.

I loved your organic jewelry making class at Capella Ixtapa’s Art & Culture Festival.  Are you organizing more classes at your workshop?  Where can our guests and visitors of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo see and purchase your work?

Yes, I am organizing the classes of the basics of the jewelry making at my studio in Zihuatanejo, and my work is for sale at Galart gallery at Playa de La Ropa and at the Café and Gallery Los Remedios in Zihuatanejo.

Thank you so much Mónica!  I look forward to seeing your new collection!

Thank you, it is my pleasure!

For more information about Mónica Gutiérrez please email her here, and for other activities at Capella Ixtapa please visit our Facebook Page / Capella Ixtapa, where you can follow our current events and activities.

Experience The NRW Art Exhibit In Dusseldorf

Last weekend I decided to visit the NRW Art Exhibit in the Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf which had been highly recommended to me by Barbara, our Personal Assistant at the Breidenbacher Hof.  The exhibit has been held every year for over 100 years now and is the biggest of its kind in Germany.  Opened on February 15th and taking place only until March 9th 2014, I told myself: „You’d rather be quick!“ and I was very impressed by the amount of art displayed.

Museum Kunst Palast / NRW Art Exhibit

This year, 140 regional artists have been chosen by the jury to show their artwork to other artists and visitors.  This exhibit provides a unique insight into the art scene of Dusseldorf.  It is comprised of  impressive sculptures, striking photographs, beautiful paintings and other kinds of graphic works.  What I liked most about this exhibit?  No exhibition piece is like the other because each artist has a different experience, comprised of different styles and perspectives across different generations.  I felt so excited because I never knew what to expect next, so everything was a surprise!

As a special experience you also have the chance to be guided through the exhibit by the artists themselves every day which gives you a closer insight into their artwork.  Additionally, various performances are offered every Thursday and Sunday.  So definitely make sure you stop by the NRW Art Exhibit during your stay at the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel.  Our wonderful Personal Assistants will be excited to give you any information you desire and further amazing activities here in Dusseldorf.  I’m sure you will never forget these experiences!



Photo: “Nachtaufnahme Museum Kunstpalast” Stefan Arendt, Medienzentrum Rheinland