Inspiration at sea – Art collection on board the EUROPA 2

MS EUROPA 2 (Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd)

MS EUROPA 2 (Photo courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd)

On the EUROPA 2, art lovers and connoisseurs can discover a range of various artworks in the public areas and suites. There are 890 original pieces of art on board in total, some of which were created as part of extra contract work for the casual luxury ship from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Art was conceived to be an integral component of the new ship design, and it interacts harmoniously with the architecture and technology.

The art concept on board the EUROPA 2 focuses on contemporary art befitting the modern design of the new ship, especially from young artists from Germany and Europe. Well-known names from the art scene and a selection of international works can also be found in the public areas. All works in the EUROPA 2 art collection were compiled by curators from International Corporate Art (ICA).

The collection features works by Gerhard Richter, Ólafur Elíasson, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Adam Fuss and Hans Hartung. This exclusive list is complemented by works by Jeppe Hein, Georg Küttinger, Ingrid von Kruse, Eva Hild, Minjung Kim, Cornelius Völker, Rupprecht Mathies, Kubach & Kropp, Tenka Gammelgaard, Christiane Baumgartner and Christian Schoppe.

In addition to the public areas, special attention has also been paid to the art selection in various suites. For example, in the two Grand Penthouse Suites and the two Owner Suites, guests can encounter works by the British pop-art artist Damien Hirst from his portfolio The Souls I, II, III, IV. This consists of four different series of butterfly images in 80 different colors. The art collection on board the EUROPA 2 features all four types of butterfly in various colors. Additionally, guests can find works by David Hockney, Donald Sultan and Bram van Velde in the upper suite categories.

Artists or gallery owners who can explain the works and discuss them with the guests will be on board for all cruises. An art tour is also held on every cruise, which provides background information on the works, the artists behind them and the general art concept on board. Guests can also enjoy alternating exhibitions in the gallery on Deck 9 of the ship.

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