The artists Thomas Kocheisen and Ulrike Hullmann have been living and working together since 1986. They share their lives and their art: their works painted in a photo-realistic manner always comprise pairs of pictures featuring the same subject.
For the intimate, cosy Room No. 213 they have chosen a picture with cases and a half-length cut-out of a woman without the head or legs. The work hangs over the bed as a confusing double picture, inviting the beholder to find the inevitable differences in drawing, colours and perspectives. A story is implied which the beholder himself must invent.
The room provides a finely-tuned setting for this story: a snug reading chair placed on a green and blue “Gabbeh” carpet, while the pale fabric on the bed headboard and the curtains along with the yellow-gold marble in the bathroom create a friendly atmosphere. The additional luxury: the view of the nearby Dolomites from the window – an enticement to embark on new adventures.
A work by Hans Piffrader (1888 – 1950) can be admired alongside the works by Kocheisen & Hullmann. Piffrader’s work consists for the most part of sculptures and sketches depicting the experience of the First World War with moving scenes of intense suffering. Hotel Greif shows his painting “Leda und der Schwan” (Leda and the swan) produced in 1916.