Art & Travel


Paris | Perfect Ten

You’ve shuffled with the hordes through the Louvre, been scandalized by Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du Monde’ in the Musée d’Orsay and toured the Centre Pompidou to the point of exhaustion.

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Since Ireland’s ‘tiger economy’ hit the buffers a few years ago, Dublin’s art world has also suffered. However, this has not dampened the artistic spirit, and Irish artists have continued to produce quality work, resulting in a backlog which galleries are keen to move, often at favourable prices.

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Barcelona | Best of Barca

In the Raval district a few blocks from the city’s Gothic centre is the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Taking up one side of the Plaça dels Àngels (Angels’ Square), the gleaming, white, modern building, with its ground to roof glass facade flooding the interior with light, stands in contrast to the surrounding traditional architecture and narrow streets.

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Once the cultural centre of one of the largest empires in history, Rome has museums dedicated to virtually every artistic movement.

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With a powerhouse national art collection, an entire museum dedicated to its most famous artist, more Art Nouveau buildings than anywhere else and a vibrant design industry, Brussels has much to offer visiting culture vultures.

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Most visitors arriving by air take a right turn outside Malaga Airport and head along the Costa del Sol or inland to Andalucia’s famed white villages.

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Nice is second only to Paris as the French city with most museums and galleries. Since the latter years of the 19th century the light, climate and lifestyle of the south of France have attracted some of the art world’s most legendary names and inspired them to create some of their best work.

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Inconveniently for short stay visitors, two of Copenhagen’s ‘big three’ art museums are not in Copenhagen itself. While the Statens Museum for Kunst is quite central the city centre, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the Arken Museum of Modern Art, both ground-breaking in their architecture and collections, are situated along the coast, north and south of the city respectively.

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Germany’s third city after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich has been voted the one most Germans would prefer to live in. Munich’s post-war reconstruction has been aesthetically more successful than that of many other damaged European cities. An extensive, Italian-influenced 19th century building programme earned it the moniker of the ‘northernmost Italian city’, and much of that neo-Renaissance atmosphere remains.

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