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Oh what a difference strategic art makes in a hotel. Girlahead thinks of such classic pieces as the frescoes in Belmond’s VILLA SAN MICHELE and, also in Italy, the three Tiepolos in CAVALIERI WALDORF ASTORIA above Rome. If modern is what is wanted, little beats the thousands of works at RITZ-CARLTON MILLENIA SINGAPORE and WALDORF ASTORIA BEJING (see above, Face The World).

Girlahead cannot wait to return to Turin. Last time there she was driven around the rooftop racing circuit above Fiat’s Lingotto factory (remember it from The Italian Job car chase?).  Now Fiat family member Ginevra Elkann supervises a new Renzo Piano gallery above the Lingotto factory: it holds 25 exquisite art worls collected by Gievra’s grandparents  See Bacon, Klimt, Lichtenstein and Warhol – and the rest of that rooftop is now  La Pista 500, a garden with over 40,000 plants.

This is the week for art shows. In Athens, Art For Tomorrow runss 15-20 June. Interestingly participants include Jeff Koons and HE Sheikha Al Mayassa, Chairman of Doha Museum.  Art for Tomorrow is organised by The Democracy and Culture Foundation’s Athens Democracy Forum, with the assistance of such culture writers for The New York Times as Matthew Anderson and Farah Nayeri. The Foundation identifies new ways to improve democratic processes and the role of culture in allowing them to flourish.  It analyzes the effect arts can and do have on society.

And in Switzerland Art BASEL, 16-19 June, has spawned a multitude of sibling shows. Liste, for instance, shows online art featuring younger artists. Design Miami/Basel shows furniture alongside art. Photo Basel is as its name implies, and Volta Basel is more like a dating site for artists and gallerists.  All are the same dates.

Girlahead would like, incidentally, to congratulate Hauser & Wirth. They may have 16 galleries total but they are also passionate about community. Their Bruton Gallery, in England, partners with Bournemouth University on an outreach programme to introduce young people to art.

And now, as finale, here is the latest PODCAST, featuring Hermann Elger, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide: