Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, combines old-world grandeur with a cosmopolitan spirit.
Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel,
Taormina, combines old-world grandeur
with a cosmopolitan spirit.
Photography courtesy of Belmond
Suspended between the rocks and the sea, Taormina is located on the side of Monte Tauro in the Province of Messina. With its history dating back to Italy's ancient period, it has long been an attractive destination for writers, artists and aristocrats alike, intrigued by its archaeological sites and luxurious amenities. Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, was the first hotel to be built in the town, opening its door to guests in 1873.
Perched high on a hill with stunning views of the valley below, the hotel is located next to the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina, one of the world's best-known and most admired amphitheatres, built in the 3rd Century BC and later transformed by the Romans to make room for games and gladiatorial battles.
Today, Grand Hotel Timeo combines old-world grandeur with a cosmopolitan spirit. Thanks to the generous cooperation of Vistamare and Gallerie Karsten Greve, Artiq procured a collection of photographic works by the iconic Mimmo Jodice.
A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys, Jodice is an Italian avant-garde photographer who, since the 1970s, has pushed the discourse of Italian fine art photography. He has exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York and Louvre Museum in Paris, and he is collected by leading art institutions and museums across the globe, such as the San Francisco and Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art and Milan's Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea.
Belmond has now joined them as a collector of Jodice, with a selection of photographs depicting Roman sculptures in a mythical yet intimate way on display in the grand entrance hall. The installation tells the story not only of Italy's fascinating ancient period in Taormina and the Mediterranean but also of Italy's modern art history.
Photograph courtesy of Mimmo Jodice
Mimmo Jodice, Venere Baia (1986), Coal print on cotton paper
Mimmo Jodice Demetra, Opera II (1992), Fine Art print on Silver Rag Baryta paper