El Rey De Reyes, An Underwater Treasure in-Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

If you like unique sightseeing spots, there is one spot that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Capella Ixtapa and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  But, be prepared – for this sightseeing tour you will need your swimsuit and a snorkeling gear!  Yes, it is that unique!

Below the blue waters at Las Gatas beach in Zihuatanejo, you will be able to see an impressive bronze statue of Christ, or El Rey de Reyes (The King of Kings).  This statue, which weighs a ton and a half, and is 12 feet tall, represents an expression of faith for the locals.

El Rey De Reyes

The history of this statue goes back in 2006, when locals were called to donate keys, which would then be used to form the heart of the Jesus sculpture.  When enough keys were collected, a sculptor from Acapulco named Marco Antonio Rivero Guerrero, created the sculpture.

In November 2006, the Archbishop Diocese Felipe Aguirre Franco blessed El Rey de Reyes, and in January 2007, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a replica of the statue.  It then travelled through several cities in Mexico, including Acapulco, Mexico City, Patzcuaro and Morelia, and was received by over 50,000 people.  At each city they visited, local priests conducted mass, rang the cathedral bells and citizens celebrated the statue with a festival and fireworks.

Once El Rey de Reyes was returned to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, they immersed it to the ocean at Las Gatas, a quaint little beach, located on the south side of the Zihuatanejo Bay, popular for swimming and snorkeling.  The statue is a symbol of the local’s commitment to faith.

If you are interested in visiting El Rey de Reyes, your Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistant can organize a scuba diving or snorkeling trip to see it in all its splendor.

El Rey De Reyes Un Tesoro Submarino En Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Si te gustan los sitios turísticos únicos, hay uno que no debes perderte cuando visites Capella Ixtapa e Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.  Pero, ve preparado –para este tour vas a necesitar tu traje de baño y equipo de snorkel!  Sí, así de singular es!

Bajo las azules aguas de la playa Las Gatas en Zihuatanejo, tendrás la posibilidad de admirar una impresionante estatua de bronce de Jesucristo, o El Rey de Reyes.  Esta estatua, la cual pesa mas de tonelada y media, y tiene más de 3.5 metros de alto, representa la expresión máxima de fe de los locales.

El Rey De Reyes

La historia de esta estatua viene del año 2006, cuando los locales fueron llamados a donar llaves, las cuales posteriormente serían utilizadas para dar forma a una estatua de Jesucristo.  Cuando se habían ya juntado suficientes llaves, un escultor de Acapulco llamado Marco Antonio Rivero Guerrero, creó la escultura.

En noviembre del 2006, el Arzobispo Felipe Aguirre Franco bendijo EL Rey de Reyes, y en enero del 2007, el Papa Benedicto XVI bendijo una réplica de la estatua.  La cual posteriormente viajó a través de varias ciudades de México incluyendo Acapulco, Ciudad de México, Pátzcuaro y Morelia, siendo recibida por más de 50,000 personas.  En cada una de las ciudades que la estatua visitó, los curas locales organizaron misas, hicieron repicar las campanas de sus iglesias y los fieles celebraban la estatua con una fiesta y fuegos artificiales.

Una vez que el Rey de Reyes volvió a Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, lo sumergieron en el océano en la playa de Las Gatas, una pequeña playa ubicada al sur de la Bahía de Zihuatanejo, sitio muy popular para nadar y snorkelear.  La estatua es un símbolo de la fe de los locales.

Si estás interesado en visitar El Rey de Reyes, tu Asistente Personal de Capella Ixtapa puede organizarte un tour de buceo o snorkel para que lo admires en todo su esplendor.

K20: The K Stands For Art

Among the shopping facilities, theaters, the Rhine and other highlights, Dusseldorf also offers a lot of exciting spots for people who are interested in art.  Of course, there are a lot of galleries and let’s not forget about the Art Academy… but this is not what I would like to talk about today.  I am excited to introduce the K20 to you.  The K20 is one of my favorite museums here in Dusseldorf.

So why the name K20?  Once called the Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia the name was changed in 2002 to better reflect its global collection of 20th Century art.  The K stands for the German word Kunst, which means art.  And of course the 20 is representative of the 20th Century.

Kultur - K20 Picasso

The collection is impressive and includes works from Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.  And of course Joseph Beuys, who taught at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf between 1961 and 1972 is proudly displayed.

My favorite part of K20?  It is just a 5-minute walk from Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel, making it ideal for guests looking for quick inspiration.  In fact, I’ve been known to stop by on my lunch break to marvel in its greatness!  Be sure to get details on current exhibitions from your Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistant during your next visit.  I am sure you will love the museum as much as I do!

K20: Das K Steht Für Kunst

Neben einem großen Shoppingangebot, verschiedenen Theatern, der Rheinpromenade und anderen Highlights, hat Düsseldorf auch eine Menge spannende Dinge für Kunstinteressierte zu bieten. Natürlich gibt es viele Galerien, nicht zu vergessen die Kunstakademie… aber heute möchte ich Euch über etwas anderes berichten. Ich freue mich, Euch das K20 vorstellen zu dürfen. Das K20 ist eines meiner Lieblingsmuseen hier in Düsseldorf.

Wofür steht K20 eigentlich? Früher nannte man das Kunstmuseum Kunstsammlung NRW, bis man 2002 den Namen in K20 änderte, um besser das widerzuspiegeln, was sich hinter dem Museum verbirgt: Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. Nun könnt ihr Euch bestimmt schon denken, was es mit dem Namen auf sich hat. Das K steht für Kunst und 20 steht selbstverständlich für die Epoche, nämlich das 20. Jahrhundert.

Kultur - K20 Picasso

Die Sammlung ist sehr beeindruckend und enthält sogar Werke von Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Andy Warhol und Jackson Pollock. Es gibt aber auch Ausstellungsstücke des bekannten deutschen Künstlers Joseph Beuys, der zwischen 1961 und 1972 auch an der Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie unterrichtet hat.

Was das Beste am K20 ist? Der kurze Weg! Das K20 ist nur fünf Minuten vom Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel entfernt und bietet Euch somit die Möglichkeit für eine schnelle Inspiration. Ich bin sogar dafür bekannt, öfter mal in meiner Mittagspause vor dem Museum zu sitzen und das Gebäude zu bestaunen. Lasst Euch am besten immer von unseren Persönlichen Assistenten über die aktuellen Ausstellungen informieren wenn ihr das nächste Mal bei uns seid. Ich bin mir sicher, dass Euch das K20 genau so beeindrucken wird, wie es mich beeindruckt hat!

Emily Of Emerald Hill At The Peranakan Museum

Earlier this month, the Peranakan Museum was having a very special exhibition on Emily of Emerald Hill, an iconic Singaporean play written in 1982 by local playwright Stella Kon.  Emily of Emerald Hill has been performed numerous times in Singapore as well as other parts of the world such as Malaysia, Hawaii and even Edinburgh!  It is considered one of the regions greatest literary works.

peranakan museum

Paying tribute to the symbolic play, the Emily of Emerald Hill Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum showcased the different interpretations of the play through the costumes, props, scripts, photographs and videos.

Emily of Emerald Hill follows the life of a young Peranakan bride, Emily Gan who marries into a rich matriarchal family on Emerald Hill.  What is interesting about the play is that it is a one-woman play narrated by Emily as she recounts the challenges and experiences from her past.

Emily of Emerald Hill is touted as a symbol of Singaporean Identity and one of Singapore’s most iconic plays because of how closely it follows and preserves the Peranakan culture.  The Peranakans were born from the early Chinese immigrants to the British Malaya, now known as Singapore and Malaysia.  Many of them were traders, the middle people between the British and the Chinese and they grew to be among the wealthiest group in the early 20th century.

The Peranakan culture is interesting because of the integration of both Western and local culture.  As such, while they mostly spoke English, hints of Malay and dialect would be present as part of their speech.  The Peranakan also continued to practice many of the Chinese beliefs, which are depicted throughout the play.  True to the story of Emily, Peranakan Families are very matriarchal, because the women would run the household while the men were off to work to earn money to support the family.  Peranakan women were known to be extremely capable, not just in cooking but also in intricate handicrafts.

The next time you visit Singapore, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Peranakan Museum where you will be able to experience first hand the exotic Peranakan culture.  Please talk to your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant, who will be happy to help with planning your visit!

Here is a video excerpt of the play Emily of Emerald Hill:


Photo via The Peranakan Museum.

Andreas Gursky On Display

Perhaps you have gathered from my previous posts or during your own experiences in Düsseldorf, but this city is rich in culture.  From the theatres to the museums, there is always some form of art to take in.  One of my favorite museums in Düsseldorf is the Museum Kunstpalast.  You might recognize the name from my visit to the El Greco exhibition.  And now we have another showstopper in town: the Düsseldorf-based and internationally renowned photographer, Andreas Gursky!

Andreas Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955 and studied – among other places – at the Art Academy (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) in Düsseldorf. From 1985 to 1987 he was also master student of Bernd Becher.  Today, Gursky is considered one of the pioneers of contemporary German photography and his works are in high demand throughout the world.

Whatever your thoughts are on photography, let them go, because Andreas Gursky has turned traditional photography on its head.  Gursky’s works uses various shots, which he magically combines, revises and digitally reworks – with the aim to transform his visual experiences into a greater vision.

I liked his exhibition very much because of the variety of his subjects.  Gursky has shot everything from architecture to interiors to landscapes to crowds and much, much more.  The exhibition, which showcases 60 pieces ranging from the early 1980s through today, does not move chronologically, but but jumps from year-to-year showcasing different moods and themes constantly.

The exhibit was so impressive that I plan to make a second visit!  This way I can take a closer look at some of the pieces.

Museum Kunstpalast will host Andreas Gursky until January 13, 2012.  Hopefully you will have an opportunity to see it for yourself.  The Personal Assistants here at Breidenbacher Hof would be happy to arrange tickets for you!