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Matthias Hoch

Matthias Hoch - Hotel Kobenzl

Hotel Kobenzl


The Hotel Kobenzl in Salzburg, located in the hills above the city, is a well-known former luxury hotel. When photographer Matthias Hoch and author Andreas Maier first visited the Kobenzl, it had already stood vacant for years. The splendour of the former five-star hotel now has something one might affectionately call patina (Die Zeit). In Matthias Hoch’s photographs, which scrutinise the surfaces and structures of the premises, a vibrant presence emerges from the preserved past. Complemented with archive material they highlight the commingling of homeland and hospitality with the notion of exclusivity and luxury. A surprising twist in the hotel’s history occurred when it was converted into a ‘refugee distribution centre’. Overnight, the erstwhile advertising slogan (‘The world is at home at the Kobenzl’) took on a whole new meaning.

Matthias Hoch, *1958 in Radebeul, Germany; lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.

2016,Hardcover, dust cover
26 × 39 cm,160 Pages
84 Colour images
108 B/W images
Edition: 1000
Text: Andreas Maier

Language: English, German

ISBN: 978-3-902993-25-0


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