Since more than 80 years, the Park Hotel is the perfect setting for a pleasant and cosy stay in the capital of copper. The friendly and experienced staff welcomes you with a service of international standard during your visit at the Copperbelt in Katanga, D.R. Congo.
The Park Hotel offers 2 suites, 6 junior suites and 77 rooms. It combines the luxury and charm of a historic setting, a fine dining restaurant and a cosy bar. The patio is an oasis of greenery and is the perfect setting at the heart of the town for a business lunch or a meeting with friends. For corporate events, the Park Hotel organises full services with a conference room and fully equipped workstations.
The Park Hotel houses a fine collection of art works of the pioneers of Congolese modern art from the Hangar or "The School of Elizabethville", referring to Lubumbashi's former name. Works by Pilipili, Mwenze and Bela adorn the walls of the foyer of the hotel and of the conference room. Along other paintings, you can see the typical 'beaten copper' bas-reliefs and wooded sculptures. The works of these artists have become rare in Lubumbashi, and are witnesses of an important cultural era of the city.
Pilipili Mulongoy (1914-2007) is considered as the leading artist of the school of Lubumbashi.
Before joining the Hangar, he already practiced painting on the mud walls of houses. As the son of a Lualaba fisherman and coming from a rural environment, the nature was his inspiration, often bringing birds, snakes and fish in his work.
Bela Sara was born in Chad and died in Brazzaville in 1968.
His name Bela Sara refers to the Sara people he belonged to. He came as a butler with Pierre Romain-Desfossés, the founder of the school, from Chad to Elizabethville, and was the first painter of the Hangar. He painted with his fingers, and this "digitalism" made his works successful. Besides painting, he also became an accomplished printmaker.
Mwenze Kibwanga was born in Kilumba in 1925 and died in Lubumbashi in 1999.
As the son of a weaver, he recreated with painting the texture of weaving lines and colours by aligning and superimposing hatching. One of his impressionist compositions, a huge mural with a play of light and moving characters, can be admired in the entrance hall of the "Bâtiment du 30 Juin" in Lubumbashi.