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More restaurants and cafes display and sell art

More restaurants and cafes are also displaying and selling art

Published on Jun 6, 2014 12:19 PM

You are admiring the artworks on the restaurant walls while enjoying your meal. By dessert, you can stand it no longer: "Waiter, I'll have the bill and put that painting on it too."

Sounds outlandish? More eateries here are catering to patrons' appetites for art and design.

At newly opened Alpine diner Zott's, for example, oil paintings by up-and- coming Russian artist Konstantin Sotnikov hang on the walls. The paintings make up his debut exhibition in Asia and are for sale.

Managing director Philipp von Pein, 36, tells Life! that at Zott's, "they take their art seriously". The restaurant's featured artists and works are selected with care, he adds, meant as more than mere decoration on walls.

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"Silent art galleries can be intimidating. The casual setting of a cafe allows more interaction. People are less afraid to ask questions."

Mr Prashant Somosundram, one of the three owners of Artistry