Room 202, Poppy Hotel

Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202-Dorothea Tanning 1970-1973
Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202-Dorothea Tanning 1970-1973

During the late 1960’s/70’s Dorothea Tanning  creating her ‘soft sculptures’, pieces of fabric sewn together to create eerie cuddly toys from hell, resulting in perhaps the final masterpiece of Surrealism, the truly unsettling installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202.

In a seedy hotel room with wallpaper that emanates despair (remember the only thing going on in Tanning’s childhood was the wallpaper), soft but disturbingly visceral bodies burst from the wall or merge with the furniture. Inspired by a song from her childhood about the gangsters moll Kitty Kane who poisoned herself in Room 202 because the walls were talking, I don’t ever want to check-in into that room at the Poppy Hotel. The whole malevolent atmosphere is reminiscent of David Lynch, though Lynch wasn’t to make  Eraserhead until 1977.

 

15 thoughts on “Room 202, Poppy Hotel

  1. Tanning wreaks havoc with her wallpaper sculptures and paintings , playing with the macabre, her creations are spellbinding. This certainly spoils my appetite for any and all rooms 202. Such an amazing woman and artist. Thank you Mr. Cake, fascinating

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  2. This is genius in its horror. What on earth is happening in the fireplace! The setting of the room with the tired wainscoting and the dingy wallpaper provide a perfect backdrop for the soft sculptures. Excellent and truly disturbing

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