Art & Travel

Sculpture Garden, Museum Pau Casals, El Vendrell

A Genius Idea

The unique artistry of Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudí and Pablo Casals took inspiration from the landscape far south of Barcelona, inspiring art and gastronomic adventures in Catalonia’s ‘Landscape of Geniuses’.

Altared images

The Belgian city of Gent is celebrating the restoration of the most famous artwork by one of the greatest Flemish Masters. The Fine Arts Museum Gent (known by the Flemish acronym MSK), Belgium’s oldest art museum, is hosting the largest exhibition ever staged of works by the 15th century artist Jan Van Eyck. The Fine …

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Made in Marseille

This sweeping view shows MUCEM in the foreground with its footbridge to Fort St Jean, while the harbour entrance behind is overlooked by the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. Photo: Yoan Navarro France’s oldest city was born around 600BC as the Greek trading post of Massalia. Through the centuries it became a Roman city, an …

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Cezanne Country

Home to the artist Picasso that called “the father of us all”, Aix-en-Province celebrates its famous son with a number of landmarks, while a clutch of art and craft museums makes the town a Provencal favourite of art-lovers. Aix town centre has changed little since Paul Cezanne last walked its streets over a century ago. …

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Art in Arles

From Greek trading post to Roman colony to early Christian metropolis to rich agricultural centre from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the capital of the Camargue at the head of the Rhone delta, Arles is one of the jewels of Provence. A stroll through Arles’ historic town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, …

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A Passion For Oberammergau

Rarely can such a small town (population around 5,500) have captured the world’s attention like Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, where every ten years an extraordinary piece of religious pageantry draws visitors from around the globe. Oberammergau (Ober = Upper, Ammer = water, Gau = district) is a pretty cluster of giftshop–lined streets which thrive …

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“The World’s Stage”

“Welcome to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.” The flight attendant’s announcement left no doubt as to whose town this was, as the aircraft touched down on an emerald green plain (an ancient lake bed) dotted with cuckoo clock chalets and cradled by a shark’s jaw of jagged Alpine peaks. Mozart’s name runs through Salzburg’s …

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Sweet 16 in Paris – Top art venues in the city of light

The brainchild of Bernard Arnault, chairman of the luxury brand conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Sephora, Dom Perignon, Givenchy et al) and France’s wealthiest man, the Louis Vuitton Foundation seems to float like a giant, glass-sailed regatta on its cascading basin of water on the edge of Bois de Boulogne. Louis Vuitton Foundation A 21st …

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Van Gogh Comes Home

Towns across the southern Dutch province of Brabant, where Vincent Van Gogh was born, have joined forces in a new programme entitled Van Gogh Brabant to tell the story of his life from childhood to his artistic awakening, while a special exhibition sets out to dispel the image of Van Gogh as an anti-social, tortured …

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Bavarian Rhapsody

ORIENTATION Germany’s third largest after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich has been voted the one most Germans would prefer to live in. An extensive, Italian-influenced building programme led by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the 19th century earned it the moniker of the “northernmost Italian city”. Post-was reconstruction has been aesthetically more successful than in …

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STAIRWAY TO HAFEN

With its Art Mile linking some of Germany’s top art galleries and the spectacular new HafenCity, Hamburg is emerging as a great cultural city break destination, writes Ian Sclater

Discover Düsseldorf

Not unlike Cologne some 40-odd kilometres up the Rhine, the glamour days of the Düsseldorf art scene were in the 1970s and ’80s. Like its near neighbour, Düsseldorf lost many artists and galleries to the ‘brain drain’ which sucked them east after 1989 to the reanointed capital, Berlin, drawn by cheap rents and new possibilities. …

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The Ludwig Museum is directly behind Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral, Germany’s most popular visitor attraction.qThe Ludwig Museum is directly behind Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral, Germany’s most popular visitor attraction.

Cologne-ialism

COLOGNE Cologne is best known for its soaring Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage Site and Germany’s most popular attraction with 6.5 million visitors a year. Look out for the Gerhard Richter-designed window in the south transept, which consists of over 11,000 coloured squares of glass. Starting in the 1960s, Cologne became the art capital of …

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