For every art enthusiast or critic, vacations mean travelling to places that appeal to their aesthetic sensibilities and promise a stimulating experience. While most of you would know which cities to head out to, but for those of you who’re amateurs and developing a taste for it, this compilation of must-see places, at least one in your lifetime, will help you zero down on where to go next! Get your gears ready, fellas!
Oui! From the tree-lined boulevards and illustrious architecture to a fine juxtaposition of contemporary art forms and fine antiquities, and timeless masterpieces that adorn museums, there’s no art enthusiast that hasn’t been seduced into backpacking to Paris!
Must see: Musée du Louvre, Les Nymphéas at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Halle Saint Pierre and Gardens at Rodin Museum (no entry fee to any of these museums on every first Sunday of every month!)
Welcome to the capital city famous not only for finger-licking fish-and-chips, but one that is an eclectic mix of over 240 museums and art galleries; from contemporary and classic art works to some shocking installations, the city will offer a tasteful experience to last your lifetime.
Must see: National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Saatchi Gallery
Better known as ‘birthplace for Renaissance’, Florence overwhelms art lovers from across the globe with its stunning heritage of paintings, sculptures, frescoes and museums.
Must see: Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’ Accademia that houses the famous statue of David by Michelangelo, Duomo and Basilica of Santa Croce and the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina.
Berlin reinvented itself with superlative European art venues and architecture after unification of East and West Germany, or the historic fall of erstwhile Berlin wall, which is now also famous for its graffiti scene.
Must see: Museuminsel (Museum Island), Hamburger Bahnof Museum, Gemaldegalerie Art Museum, Berlin Wall for graffiti
5. Washington, D.C.
There’s more to this city than power and politics because it houses some of the best known art institutions of the world that attract art lovers from far and wide!
Must see: National Gallery of Art that has the 15th century-old oil portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci and the Corcoran Gallery
The famous ‘windy city’, Chicago is quite popular with those in the art circuit for its exhibitions, fests and parades that are a regular feat to keep everyone entertained.
Must see: The Art Institute of Chicago that has the world’s finest Impressionist paintings and works of popular artists like Salvador Dali, Warhol and Pablo Picasso; the Museum of Contemporary Art that showcases some of the best and thought-provoking photographs, paintings, dance, music and sculpture.
Immerse yourself in the history of Vienna by the means of its popular historical monuments, Art Noveau buildings, culture and work of arts by the world’s greatest painters like Monet, Kokoschka, Klimt and many more!
Must see: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Belvedere Gallery, Leopold Museum, Kunst Haus Wein, Vienna’s Museum of Natural History 21er Haus, MAK (Museum for Applied Arts), Museum of Technology
8. New York City
Who would’ve thought there’d be more flavor in a cosmopolitan life of a fast-paced New York city? But, lo and behold! There are museums to mesmerize you and chances are that you’ll be returning to the city for more.
Must see: The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Kyoto, which has remained the capital of Japan for over 100 years, is fast emerging as every art connoisseur’s dream destination especially after the 1990s.
Must see: National Museum of Modern Art, Immuara Art Gallery, Mori Yu Gallery, En Arts, Kyoto International Manga Museum
Narrow cobbled streets, canals and bridges is what comes to our mind when we think of Amsterdam, but there’s more that this city offers; it is home to some of the best of Dutch and Flemish paintings, sculptures, tapestries et al. You sure don’t want to miss any of it!
Must see: Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum
Rome is a treasure trove for art lovers because wherever you go, you will find yourself amidst impeccable architecture, piazzas, tastefully done gardens and sculptures. Museums boast of a rich compilation of the best of works from Rome as well as artists around the world.
Must see: The Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Pyramid of Cestius, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art), Galleria Borghese, Nazionale di Villa Giulia (National Etruscan Museum), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art)
We sign off with the hope that you’ve given into the temptation of planning a holiday to at least one, if not all of these places! Bon Voyage!