The Art of Serenade of the Seas
For a mid-size ship, Serenade of the Seas has an extensive art collection. The overwhelming majority of these works are contemporary or modern. They are quite diverse in style. Many of the artists are Scandinavian but artists from around the globe are represented.
Serenade's two stair towers have works of art on each landing. The work in the forward tower all relate in one way or another to portrait art. However, they are quite diverse in their approach to portraying human faces. At the base of the tower, are three prints by perhaps the best known artist in the Serenade collection - - Andy Warhol. They depict movie stars Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman. On the next level are a series of caricatures of political figures from the late 20th century including Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher, done by Norwegian cartoonist Finn Graff. Proceeding further up the stairs, you come to two large paintings by Spanish artist Alfredo Roldan. One depicts a man and one a woman. These two colorful companion pieces were done in a style reminiscent of Latin American painting in the first half of the 20th century. The tower also includes a number of works based upon photographs such as Kari Skoe Fredriksen's “Phases”, a series of dinner plates with colored photographs of faces on them.
In addition to the flat surface art, the landings have three dimensional sculptures. For example, Giampolo Amoruso's “Le Grand Seigneur” is a blown glass sculpture of a head done in a style that combines African and European influences.
The aft stair tower has a floral theme. These range from Finnish artist Anneli Kivinen's realistic depiction of orchids to Hakan Noreback's very abstract portrayal of the plants of tropical Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Here too are sculptures such as Debbie Cartagno's painted aluminum “Tranquil Garden I”.
Serenade also has works of art that are in harmony with the themes of the public rooms. These are not mere decorations but serious works that have some connection to the theme of the public room in which they are located. For example, outside the Windjammer buffet restaurant are a series of Impressionistic paintings of sail boats by British artist John Harris. The Vortex lounge has a swirling abstract by American Jay Marsh. Outside of the Safari Lounge is a woven tapestry of a lion done in African style. Inside the Asian-themed Solarium is a Balinese sculpture.
Outdoors by the pool and the by the sports area are whimsical bronze sculptures of tourists by Shona Kinloch, whose works appear on a number of Royal Caribbean ships.
There are also works of art scattered around the public areas and in the stateroom corridors. Once agin, these are quite varied both in style and in subject matter.
We found the Serenade collection to be quite interesting. In addition, the works are displayed so as to enhance the overall decorative style of the ship which is contemporary, up-beat but not over the top.
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Above: A series of Andy Warhol prints in the forward stair tower.
Above: Examples of some of the art work aboard Serenade of the Seas.
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