‘Hotel Europe’ (travel journey without a traveller) by Harald Vlugt is large art work on the subject of travel. The work consists of four large tables with a map of Europe on them. Each table contains several hundred envelopes under glass that together form the European map.
Harald Vlugt has sent these envelopes to him self at fictitious addresses throughout Europe in the hope to receive them back. 715 envelopes were returned to sender. Each envelope is decorated with a part of the European map in accordance with it’s destination. the map contains empty or grey area’s for envelopes that did not make it back.
‘Hotel Europe’ functions as a poetic-anarchistic enquiry into the functioning of the European postal systems.
The envelopes have travelled a combined one million kilometers and have occupied 25.000 European postal workers (estimate). In conjunction with this art work the statistics of return percentages per country were collected also.
This work was shown first in a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and also toured France, Aruba, and other Dutch Caribbean islands, Trinidad, West-Indies and New Zeeland. In each country the work received a lot of attention by the press and audiences were overwhelmingly positive.