MSC Bellissima to debut Swarovski suite, Grandiosa will have fine art experience

At top, MSC Bellissima's Swarovski suite with its glittering door numbers and details including crystal-encrusted furniture. Bottom: Behind the scenes creating the 'Degas, Danse Dessin' interactive exhibit for MSC Grandiosa, featuring the work of Edgar Degas PHOTOS: MSC Cruises/Swarovski suite courtesy of Cruise Critic

MSC Bellissima, introduced earlier this year, will soon offer a suite glittering with Swarovski crystals, while MSC Grandiosa, set to enter service in November, will host an immersive fine art experience featuring an Edgar Degas exhibition.

Swarovski staircases have been an iconic feature of MSC Cruises ships for more than 10 years, and this new collaboration with Swarovski aboard MSC Bellissima adds extra glamour to an accommodation in the exclusive MSC Yacht Club.

Crystals embellish furniture, sconces, the art

Suite 16018 will be recognizable by the crystallized number on the door. Inside, 700,000 crystals will be used to embellish elements including furniture such as the bedside tables, sideboard and coffee table. The sconces are specially designed, and coral artwork on the walls will sparkle with crystals.

The suite was developed in collaboration with Swarovski and De Jorio Design and will be available starting mid-November.

MSC Bellissima also sports a Swarovski staircase with more than 61,000 crystals, and other Swarovski details include crystal-detailed wallpaper in the MSC Yacht Club and a crystallized active panel illuminated by custom LED with 500,000 crystals per square meter built into the design of the Champagne Bar on Deck 7.

Grandiosa’s fine art experience

Housed in a purpose-built installation within L’Atelier Bistro at the heart of MSC Grandiosa’s Mediterranean-style promenade, the ‘Degas, Danse Dessin’ exhibition will present 26 studies of movement and dance. It previously appeared in major international galleries and museums.

Degas’ work encapsulates romantic Paris, fitting for the setting of the ship’s new French bistro. The exhibit also will offer an immersive experience with five videos running alongside the art detailing details of Degas’ work and life.

Collaboration with The Aimes

This fine art installation is part of a collaboration between MSC Cruises and The Aimes, experts in creating multi-sensory, interactive experiences that employ innovative technology to engage people with art and culture. The exhibition has been curated by Marcello Smarrelli, art historian, critic and member of The Aimes.

‘Despite his apparently romantic subjects, Degas was a great experimenter, deeply interested in the use of new technologies available in those years of great scientific and industrial renewal,’ Smarrelli said. ‘The focus of his artistic research was the study of the movement of the human body and the attempt to reproduce it in an artwork. For this reason, his artistic practice was fundamental for the birth of photography and cinema, of which Degas was a pioneer.

‘I’m sure he would have loved this interactive art exhibition, the first of its kind at sea,’ Smarrelli continued, ‘and it is an exciting opportunity to connect people with Degas’ artwork in a new way and bring it to life through digital content for MSC Cruises guests.’




Posted 9 September 2019

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