One example of how each Sonesta Hotel creates an atmosphere of originality is the Sonesta Art Collection. This group of works consists of more than 7,000 contemporary paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by both emerging and established artists such as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Sol Lewitt, Jan Dibbets, Malcolm Morley and Carl Palazzolo.
The works reflect the artist's vision, while illuminating some of the most significant movements in contemporary art, including Conceptual, Minimal and Pop Art. The works of art are placed in public spaces at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, and in most guest rooms as well. Each work of art is carefully considered to create an aesthetically pleasing and meaningful statement. Many works have been specially commissioned for a particular space, in an effort to fully integrate the architecture and design of the hotel.
Sonesta's Art Collection is recognized as one of the first corporate hotel programs dedicated to original art by nationally and internationally-known artists. The collection was initiated in the early 1960's and is overseen by Sonesta's former Executive Chairman, Roger P. Sonnabend, and his wife, Joan, who was an art collector and owned Obelisk Gallery in Boston. The special atmosphere that has become a Sonesta trademark is the result of close cooperation between architects, designers, Sonesta's executives and employees, and Joan Sonnabend's vision.