Charming seduction at second sight: the naked Venus stretches hundred-fold, sensuous and playfully across the walls of Room No. 208. That which at first sight seems like an innocent floral pattern, on closer examination turns out to be a variety of Venus figures connected with ornaments in alluring poses from the history of art.
The artist Florin Kompatscher designed the wallpaper (which appears so harmless) for the room installation. It is complemented by a round picture, the Venus Trap, which really does depict the Venus fly trap.
Kompatscher is a painter, sculptor and sketcher. In his paintings he attempts to extend the possibilities of the traditional medium by enriching it with the most varied image planes and painting techniques.
The bed headboard with its striped brocade covering reinforces the deceptive impression of the prim and proper hotel room. A red reading chair stands on the green “Gabbeh” carpet as the only reference to the erotic undercurrent and affords an excellent view of the Venus traps.
The guest should also hazard a second look from the bay window to feast his or her eyes on the view of the Walther-Platz in all its splendour. And the bathroom awaits with alluring, luxurious black marble.
A pencil drawing by Alexander Koester (1864 – 1932) can be admired opposite Kompatscher’s work. Koester had a predilection for painting narrow studies of nature in which he explored the reflections of sunlight: ponds, reeds, trees and – those which made him famous – ducks in countless variations, here “Two Ducks in Flight” (1920).