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ON HOLIDAY WITH ARCHITECTURE, A DESIGN HOTEL IN MERANO

ART AND CULTURE IN A TIMELESS ATMOSPHERE

When an architectural structure designed to perfection, able to resist every fashion, welcomes harmoniously inserted valuable works of art, dreams come true, and they  remain etched in the heart.
"Art is my great passion": these are the words of the owner Hans Inderst that are reflected in all the interior spaces and in the garden park. Here you will meet well-known contemporary artists, particularly Luis Stefan Stecher, a good friend of our design hotel near Merano, in South Tyrol.
Come and visit us ... you will be enchanted by an authentic atmosphere, conceived from the combination of art and architecture.

THE OWNER HANS INDERST WILL BE HAPPY TO GIVE YOU A TOUR OF MARLENA AND TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ON NEARBY GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS!

Between history and modernity

ART AT MARLENA

The Stube, decorated by artist L. S. Stecher and the “bunker” room by the Inderst brothers, are ideal for pleasant stops. The historic cellar is adorned with antique paintings on wood by Rudolf Stolz. The lush park is enhaced with metal, wood and marble sculptures, while a zen garden with cypresses and olive trees offers a distinctive harmony to the varied environment.

The Artists at Marlena
RUDOLF BELLENZIER

1922 - 1990
Born into a peasant family in Tecelinga, he studied painting with Prof. Blask in Bressanone. Study trips took him to France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, among other places. In the work of this versatile painter and graphic artist, which was created exclusively in front of nature or the motif, stylistic elements of a highly contrasting nature were incorporated. This is also evidenced by the two works that decorate the restaurant rooms of the Art and Design Hotel Marlena.

MARCELLO JORI

BORN IN 1951
The Merano-born artist Marcello Jori is one of the most significant exponents of modern Italian art. Juxtaposition and varieties are now considered by him as an artistic opportunity to express his wealth of facets and to escape a specific definition. With pride, he calls himself a chameleon. The effect of the analogue in his "true" works is particularly enhanced by Jori's choice of painting his "buildings" on three-dimensional wooden bodies. Illusions turn into a double geometry, often opposing.

HANS NOWAK

1922 – 1996
Hans Nowak had already discovered his passion for painting in his youth. He achieved his academic education and the technical perfection that distinguished his works at Bielefeld's art school. We are fortunate to have a work of this renowned artist: the "Niederländische Landschaft" (the Dutch countryside), to admire in the stone pine stube, was a gift from the family of Dr. Klaus Vogel and Stache on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Marlena in 1983.

THOMAS RISS

1871 – 1959
The artist native of Stams, Tyrol made a name for himself especially for his expressive faces. Whether they were subjects of Tyrolean popular life or portraits, Riss not only painted the exterior appearance, but also captured the inner essence, thus distinguishing himself from photographers. When Riss realized that his model was different from the first impression, he painted the picture a second time. His works appear so incredibly alive and characteristic, that in the first half of the twentieth century, Riss became the most important portraitist of Tyrol, whose fame reached beyond the local boundaries.

LUIS STEFAN STECHER

BORN IN 1937
Born in Lasa, in Val Venosta, he lives in Marlengo, where he worked as an independent artist and writer. In 1958, he completed his painting studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1965, he has been a member of the Südtiroler Künstlerbund association, since 1978 of the Ein Klub Liechtenstein and since 1981 of the Südtiroler Autorenvereinigung. In addition to numerous paintings, that enhance Marlena's various spaces, the artist was commissioned by Hans Inderst to furnish the Stecher Stube with a series of paintings depicting different expressive faces.

ROBERT BOSISIO

BORN IN 1963
Robert Bosisio was born in Trodena. After graduating from the Bolzano Graphics School, he studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst (Academy of Applied Arts) in Vienna. In the past he had the opportunity to stay in Berlin and New York while today he lives and works in Trodena and Cluj (Romania).

Further Artists

For 30 years, Marlena is a place that focuses on art and culture, supporting local artists and hosting various exhibitions. Many other artists show their works at Marlena, such as by Ivo Mahlknecht and Jörg Hofer's paintings, where we find special materials such as marble powder and pigments. In the common areas, in the cellar and in the park, you will be welcomed by the works of renowned sculptors such as Bernhard Grassl and Ulrich Egger. In the historic cellar, there are also ancient paintings on wood and paintings by the famous artist Albert Stolz, while the lounge, characterised by its timeless charm, has been painted in a visionary way decades ago by architect Oswald Zoeggeler. Two photographic installations by the artist Johannes Inderst entitled "Fauna" and "Apfelbaum" ("apple tree") offer a bold aesthetic-photographic contrast with the current expressive possibilities of Nature.

Merano & Surroundings