Discover a world of artJune 15, 2018
Exploring art, architecture and museums is one of the best ways to gain insight into a new culture. With many due to travel abroad in the coming weeks on summer holiday, we’ve gathered some great advice for finding cultural gems in your chosen destination.
Find out what’s happening wherever end up in the world with the ArtRabbit app. You can use the interactive map when you’re on the move or search for exhibitions, venues and artists you’d like to see. The app will tell you what’s on, what’s coming up and give you directions to get there.
If you’re more of a planner than a turn-up-and-go traveler, how about viewing the exhibition before even adding it to your itinerary? Virtual reality tours are all the rage among galleries and museums right now and, while it’s no substitute for a visit in the flesh, seeing the venue ahead of time can help to make your decision about whether to visit and what to see when you get there.
For the technophobes among you, there’s nothing like a Lonely Planet guide to keep you company on your travels. Your latest suitcase essential should be the publisher’s new book Amazing Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide. With 120 brilliant buildings from around the world catalogued and accompanied with expert commentary, you’re sure to find an architectural gem where you’re headed.
Recommendations from our team
If you haven’t booked yet and you still need some inspiration, we asked some of our team where to find the best art where they’re based.
“The Palace Museum is located in the heart of Beijing city. It’s the biggest remaining royal garden in the world. You’ll discover how the royal family of ancient China lived and ruled the biggest country in the world. It carries 500 years of the history of Imperial China and you’ll have the chance of seeing previously hidden treasures that are now showing to the public. Enjoy your visit!”
Sunny Sun, General Manager/Fine Art Division, Crown Fine Art Beijing
“The Musée a’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is located almost in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s a good collection of modern art and has very good temporary exhibitions. Palais de Tokyo is also located in the same building and always has great contemporary shows. The gallery has a lovely bar and restaurant where you can have interesting and fashionable food and drink.”
Sylvie Michel, Business Development Manager, Crown Fine Art Paris
“Louvre Abu Dhabi (pictured above) opened its doors November 2017. Famous art pieces inside are worth the visit but the building itself is a sight to see. The centerpiece is a silver dome creating a spectacular ‘rain of light’ effect that mimics an oasis. Inside are gallery rooms, a cafe, a children's museum, an auditorium and more. So, there’s lots to see and do for everyone.”
Liisa McEwan, Regional Marketing Manager, Dubai
“An exhibit of particular interest to me is Crashing, featuring the works of Lee Bul at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre in London. Bul is South Korean artist whose politically and socially fuelled themes challenged the status quo and catapulted her to prominence in the 1980s. The site-specific installation also includes work from the past three decades and doesn’t fail to impress, creating a haunting futuristic dream like space. And if you haven’t been, the contemporary Hayward Gallery is landmark of Brutalist architecture, worthy of a trip on its own.”