• capetown

    Cape Town Top 10

    A magnificent nature, interesting history, wide selection of food and drinks, exciting natural life and rich art scene. Only a few art destinations can provide all of these beautiful things together in one place. Cape Town was announced as The World’s Best City by English Daily Telegraphy in 2018. In addition to all these wonderful things, it reflects the recent developments in South Africa’s Contemporary Art sector, and hence become one of the artlovers’ must-see art destinations (Cover Photo: ciee.org).

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  • Toronto

    Endless Energy, Colour and Arts: Toronto

    Cover Photo: dailyxtra.com

    We are in Toronto – Canada’s beloved city and one of the stars of North America. Toronto, with its location on the Lake Ontario, skyscapers, constant dynamism, Victorian buildings dating back to the 19th century, people from all over the world, undoubtedly dazzles people. When you walk around Downtown Toronto, the center of finance, fashion, shopping and entertainment, wander around the streets of China Town, Little Italy and Little Spain, and see the iconic CN Tower, Gooderham Building and the Yonge-Dundas Square, you easily understand why Toronto is a capital of arts and culture. With its prestigious museums, art galleries, art-loving cafes, restaurants and hotels, annual art fairs and events, this is the right place to find a unique citylife and artistic experience.

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  • Lizbon

    Lisbon: A City Full Of Color

    Berna Narmanlı Arpacı, Elle Decoration Magazine, April/May 2018

    When Wallpaper Magazine declared Lisbon as the City of the Year in 2017, it created a domino effect. Lisbon is not only an important source of design, art, culture and gastronomy but also a dynamic city that constantly refreshes and updates itself. There exists a new and hip culture together with rooted cultural values and traditions. Once you think how Madonna said ‘’I will spend one year in Lisbon’’, it becomes more clear that creativity is in the veins of this city.

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  • paris

    Paris: The City of Light, Love and Art

    Top 14 Destinations for Art Lovers in Paris

    Bridges on the Seine River, breath-taking Eiffel Tower standing tall at the heart of the city, crème and beige apartments with small balcony… The city of light and lovers, Paris, makes you feel at home, simply because Paris Sera Toujours Paris (Paris will always be Paris). You can hear an Edith Piaf song playing on the background while passing by little cafes located on the corners of the streets, each minute in this city will fill your soul with art. Let’s take a journey together to Paris, Mona Lisa’s home, Louvre, Monet’s water lily gardens, Van Gogh’s vibrant colours and the fairytale world of Opera and Ballet.

     

    1. Louvre Museum

    The moment you see the Louvre Museum, the spectacular three-wing building, the large iconic metal and glass pyramid surrounded by other three smaller pyramids, and the crowd waiting at the main entrance, you can easily understand why this museum was the most visited museum of the world in 2016. This 730.000 square metres museum, birth place of modern museum practice, today presents 38.000 objects to the public.

    The original building was built in the 12th century to host royal collections.  After centuries, with extensions and new acquisitions, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, most important paintings of the European painting tradition, artefacts from Ancient Egypt and Rome, it became a temple for artistic and cultural heritage.

    Louvre Müzesi

    Louvre Museum

    Did you know that there is an underground shopping mall at the Louvre? Le Carrousel de Louvre includes many designer stores and brands, and the first Apple Store opened in France. Carrousel has an underground entrance to the Louvre, and most well-known with its glorious inverted pyramid shining under natural light.

    İçe Dönük Piramit. Louvre Alışveriş Merkezi.

     Inverted pyramid/ Le Carrousel de Louvre

     

    2. Orsay Museum

    Located on the left bank of the Seine River, the Orsay Museum is housed in an old Beaux-Arts railway station from 1898. The Museum was opened in 1986 with a major aim to form a chronological and artistic bridge between the collections of the Louvre Museum and Pompidou Center. Since its opening, the museum has become one of the most important and widely visited art institutions in the world.

    Orsay Müzesi

    Orsay Museum/ fromtexastobeyond.com

    The museum gives the visitors way more than what they expect. It houses the largest Impressionist art collection in the world and a rich collection of Van Gogh paintings. It is possible to say that every corner of this long rectangular building features a 19th-20th century masterpiece; from Rodin’s statues to Monet’s water lilies, Manet’s city life to Degas’ ballerinas, it presents special insights into Modern Art. Amongst all these marvellous artworks, we also encounter with a familiar name in the Orsay; Osman Hamdi Bey’s oil painting is exhibited in the Orientalism section.

     

    3. Cabares

    Nights in Paris are as wonderful as the days. Paris cabarets offer historic and modern Parisien shows for artlovers and tourists. Founded in 1889, the Moulin Rouge has become world-famous with its cancan dance and iconic red windmill sitting on the top of the building. With its large red salon, special stage and red lanterns, the Moulin Rouge is an ideal place to have a pleasing evening. Here, you can have dinner before the show or watch the show with a bottle of Champagne.

    Moulin Rouge Dış Görünüm.

    Moulin Rouge. Photo: Façade Moulin Rouge © Francis TheBlueRoom

    There are some other options for modern and alternative Cabaret shows. The Crazy Horse Cabaret is situated in the 12th arrondisement on a Haussman style building and is famous with is nude dancers, whereas the Lido Cabaret located in Champs-Elysees, and provides a modern cabaret experience.  

     

    4. Orangerie Museum

    The Orangerie is a hidden gem. Located in beautiful Tuileres gardens, this small museum hosts masterpieces of world-famous masters; Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Renoir, in its two-floor building.  

    Orangerie Müzesi.

    Orangerie Museum.

    One of the most distinctive elements of the Orangerie Museum is certainly its collection of Monet’s ‘’Nypheas’’ painting series. The series consists of 8 panoramic water lily paintings, each creating a visual continuation and story, are displayed in two oval rooms. These works installed at the Museum a few months after the painter’s death. The dimensions, colors and the area covered by the paint surrounds and amuses the viewer.

    Orangerie Müzesi, Claude Monet ‘’Nypheas’’

    Orangerie Museum, Claude Monet ‘’Nypheas’’

     

    5. Georges Pompidou Center

    The Pompidou Center was opened to the public in 1977 in an iconic 20th century Postmodern building located in the 4th arrondisement. It was designed as evolving spatial diagram, and the string presence of colour (blue, red, yellow and green) used in its architecture makes it unique in the world. It houses the widest Modern of Art Collection of Europe and organizes hit temporary exhibitions and events in a vibrant atmosphere. The also involves a big public library and Center of Music and Acoustic Studies, which touches on every aspect of art and literature

    Pompidou Kültür Merkezi

    Pompidou Center

     

    6. Paris Ballet and Opera

    Opera-ballet is inseperable from Paris city culture. The best opera and ballet shows you can ever watch are put on stage in two splendid buildings; historic Palais Garnier and modern Opera Bastille.

    Opera Binası, Opera Garnier.

    Opera Garnier.

    Also known as Opera Garnier, the Palais Garnier is a historical building which was built by Charles Garnier in 1875. The spectacular building is one of the best examples of Eclectic architecture, and a source of inspiration to the Phantom of the Opera. Once you step into this 1.979 seat opera house, you enter into a magical world made of gilded  rooms decorated with wall-paintings, marble staircases, and the main entrance decorated with wall paintings and gold and crystal chandeliers.

    Opera Garnier giriş ve fuaye salonu.

    Opera Garnier – entrance and lounge.

    The second Opera building, Opera Bastille, was built in 1989 by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. The major aim behind this project was to build a modern and popular Opera House in Paris. The exterior is made of blue granit and glass blocks that brilliantly reflect light. Opera Bastille is a 2.723 seat opera house which stages high quality world-class shows in the 11th arrondisement.

    Opera Bastille, Ana Salon.

    Opera Bastille.

     

    7. Paris Café Culture

    Small independent cafés are one of the most unique elements of the city life since the 17th century. They offer a restaurant menu and full bar in addition to a rich selection of coffee and deserts. What makes them unique to Paris is outdoor seating areas  where small round tables and chairs are put on the pavement. In these cafes, you can see people enjoying a cup of coffee, lovers sitting on the same side of the table, people watching things happening at every hour. One of the most important of the Café culture is that a Coffee Crème or a glass of Rose can allow you sit there for a couple of hours.

    Cafe des 2 Moulins.

    Cafe des 2 Moulins.

    While in Paris, do not miss the chance of visiting one of the most popular cafés in Paris. For example, who can forget the small red café where Amélie Poulin worked in the most iconic movie of modern French cinema, Amélie? This cute café is Café des 2 Moulins and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, Montmarte.

    Another must-visit café is the Café de la Paix, which is one of the oldest and most popular historic cafés in Paris. Since its opening in 1862, it had famous artists and authors amongst its regular visitors such as Emile Zola. It is a part of Le Grand Hotel and looks right out over the crossroads of the place de’Iopera. You will never forget the taste of a glass of chilled rose and baguette sandwich you had in this atmosphere made of fancy decoration, dark red chairs and sofas, high ceiling with paintings.

    Café de la Paix kapalı salonu

    Café de la Paix

     

    8. Hotel Maison Souquet

    Maison Souquet is housed in a former 19th century maison in Montmarte area which is famous with cabarets. It is a Belle Epoque style boutique hotel decorated by French designer Jacques Garcia with fine furnitures, artworks and paintings. It is one of the few places in the city where you can experience Paris Bohemian and Belle Epoque culture.

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    Hôtel Maison Souquet / janprerovsky.com

    Bar Maison Souquet has a cosy atmopshere, which makes it an ideal place for pleasing evenings. This secret bar is not only one of the best bars in Paris but also shown as the best example of eclectic decoration with its Mille et une Nuits lounge, Napolean III crimson velvet chairs and Moorish-style salon. The most distinctive element of the bar is its wood-panelled library which allows reading a book while drinking a glass of wine or specially-made cocktails.

    Hôtel Maison Souquet / janprerovsky.com

    Hôtel Maison Souquet / janprerovsky.com

     

    9. Gardens

    In gardens of Paris you can see all shades of green, colorful flowers and blossoms, geometrically organized trees, wonderful sculptures, lovers sitting on a bench and friends chatting happily. These parks are highly essential to the city culture. Located on the west of the Louvre, historic Tuileries Gardens strech over 22.4 hectares of land. It was opened to the public in 1667, and since then became the best example of French garden design and landscape architecture. It draws 14 million visitors every year to this living and magical place that involves Rodin and Giacometti statues, two ponds and many cafes.

    Tuileries Bahçesi Yukarıdan Görünüm.

    Tuileries Bahçesi yukarıdan görünüm.

    The Luxembourg gardens were originally created as garden of Luxembourg Palace by Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. Stuated in Saint-Germain area in the 6th arrondisement, the gardens took inspiration from the Baboli Gardens in Florence. Streching over 25 hectares of land, the Luxembourg gardens are divided into two parts as English and French gardens. Between two lies a geometric forest, a large pond, 106 statues and a monumental Medici fountain.

    Lüksemburg Bahçeleri.

    Luksemburg Gardens.

     

    10. Versailles Palace 

    With its history, architecture and gardens, the Versailles Palace houses 500-year of glory, politics and life.  It contains 2.300 rooms spread over 63.154 square metres, and hence becomes the biggest Palac in Europe. The building,  the best example of Baroque and classical French architecture, started to be built in 1661 as a hunting pavilion, in time started to be used as a Royal Residence and Court, and finally assigned a new role of a museum.

    Versay Sarayı Dış Görünüm.

    Versailles Palace.

    Versailles Gardens strech over 6 hectares of land. With its landscape design and architecture, art of symmetry, perspective of paths, terraces and fountains, these spectacular gardens became a source of inspiration for many other royal buildings as well as historical movies.

    Versay Bahçeleri.

    Versailles Gardens.

    The Palace became a museum when King Louis XVI was forced to leave Versailles for Paris during the French Revolution. The interior of the Palace is as marvelous as the exterior and gardens. Wide rooms decorated with gold and cyrstal chandeliers, walls and ceilings decorated with paintings. The most famous part of the Palace is the 73-meter long Mirrors Gallery, which was created to replace the former terrace made by Louis Le Vau. Mirrors covering the entire room and wall paintings made by Le Brun amuse the visitors.

    Aynalar Galerisi.

    Mirrors Gallery.

    Once we step into the southern end of the Mirrors Gallery, we enter into the War Room which was built in 1678.  This room was created to celebrate military victories, and decorated with marble panels and golden plated bronze figures of booty and armour. Another room that is symetrical to the War Room is the Peace Room, which has similar marble panels. Different than the former, here we see themes of peace carved and painted on the cupola and arches.

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    War Room.

    Barış Salonu

    Peace Room.

     

    11. The Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore 

    The Shakespeare and Co. featured in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset,  Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia. Located in the 5th Arrondisement on Paris’ left bank, this 63-year old bookstore reflects Paris bohemian book and library culture at its best. Since its opening, it hosted important authors such as James Baldwin, Anaïs Nin and Max Ernest.

    Walking through this famous bookstore’s tiny passages and corridors and exploring books is like time-travel. In the past, the bookshop was offering many authors free accomodation. You can still see beds hidden under the bookshelves. There is also a small café right next door. You can buy your book and read it peacefully while drinking a cup of coffee.  

    Shakespeare and Co. iç görünüm.

    Shakespeare and Co.

     

    12. Claude Monet’s Garden

    The master of Impressionist painting lived in a house in Giverny between 1889-1926. He took inspiration from his two-floor house’s garden for his most famous works, water-lily paintings. Monet’s house is only 1 hour away from Paris. While walking in the garden of this Giverny house, you see familiar elements from his garden and water lily paintings.

    Claude Monet’in Giverny’deki Evi

    Claude Monet’s House

    The most iconic garden of art history is full of trees and colorful flowers. One of the most important aspect of the garden is the Japenese Bridge and clusters of lilac flowers that featured in his 1889 oil-painting ‘’The Japanese Bridge’’.

    Japon Stili Köprü

    The Japanese Bridge

    The house is run by Claude Monet Foundation. The interior of the house is in a perfect harmony with its exterior, and certainly deserves to be placed on top of your itinerary. Here, you will see unique rooms, each different from one another, decorated with different colors and furnitures.

    Evin içinden görünüm.

    Claude Monet’s House.

     

    13. Louis Vuitton Foundation

    Louis Vuitton Foundation was designed by Frank Gehry. Since its opening in 2014, it became one of the most important art institutions in Paris with its architecture, collections and artist. This solid glass structure which imitates the figure of a big ship serves as an art museum and a cultural center.

    Louis Vuitton Müzesi dış görünüm

    Louis Vuitton Museum.

    The LVMH opened the foundation with a major aim of promoting art and culture. The collections are organized under 4 categories; Contemplative, Pop, Expressionist and Music and Sound. It includes 217 artworks from 87 artists, which grows in number and variety every day with new acquisitions.

    Louis Vuitton Müzesi iç görünüm.

    Louis Vuitton Museum.

    In a 126.000-meter square space, we encounter works of world-renowned artists such as Jean-Michael Basquiat, Gilbert and George and Jeff Koons. In addition to the acquisitions, the Foundation also commissions new artworks, like Elisworth Kelly’s ‘’Spectrum VIII’’ (2014), 12 coloured stripped curtain placed in the atrium of the building.

    Spectrum VIII, 2014 ©Elisworth Kelly

    Spectrum VIII, 2014 ©Elisworth Kelly

     

    Simge Erdoğan

  • Seattle

    Seattle Top 10

    Top 10 Destinations for Art Lovers in Seattle

    The emerging high-tech businesses, creators, and entrepreneurs in the past 30 years made Seattle one of the leading cities in art collecting across the United States. Seattle attracts many art visitors every year, hosting well-known collectors. There is a great amount of influencers and serious art followers such as Barney Ebsworth, Tom Podl, Richard and Elizabeth Hedreen, Rebecca Stewart, Bill Gates and many others. Art and creation are now both in the fabric of Seattle as much as coffee, music, history, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, organic food and the Space Needle.

     

    1. SAM – Seattle Art Museum

    SAM has been one of the most popular art destinations in the city since 1933. Besides its permanent collection of American, Asian, African, European, Oceanic and Islamic Art, there are lots of special exhibitions taking place, such as Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.

    SAM – Seattle Art Museum

    SAM – Seattle Art Museum

     

    2. Gather Seattle

    Gather Seattle brings together the PNW food and design communities, creators, artists, entrepreneurs. They aim to build connections, inspire and nourish. It is always magical to meet all those inspirational people, having a meal in the greatest settings, being created by Seattleites who have a great eye for design. If you are visiting when one of the events taking place, I would highly recommend you to get tickets and stop by.

    Gather Seattle

    Gather Seattle

     

    3. MoPOP (The Museum of Pop Culture)

    The Museum of Pop Culture is a non-profit museum, dedicated to the contemporary popular culture. MoPOP is reaching multigenerational audiences through its rock ‘n’ roll collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies. Even just MoPOP’s futuristic building designed by Frank O. Gehry is highly worth to see. If its 400 tons of structural steel were stretched into the lightest banjo string it would extend one-fourth of the way to Venus.

    MoPOP (The Museum of Pop Culture)

    MoPOP (The Museum of Pop Culture)

     

    4. Olympic Sculpture Park

    Olympic Sculpture Park is a free-admission outdoor park with both permanent and visiting installations, which makes it a unique institution in the United States. It embraces the idea of green space, near by the water, including monumental sculptures such as Alexander Calder’s Eagle (1971) and Richard Serra’s Wake (2004).

    Olympic Sculpture Park

    Olympic Sculpture Park

     

    5. Georgetown Art Attack

    The Georgetown Art Attack, held on the second Saturday each month, represents an ongoing effort by area artists to celebrate the creative diversity of Georgetown and generate public sentiment favouring preservation of this wonderful civic asset.
    Seattle’s Only Free Art Ride Bus runs up and down Airport Way South and to The Equinox and Laurelhurst Cellars every 15 minutes, from 6 – 9:30 pm. Hop on the Art Ride and let us pamper you! Look for the Art Ride bus stops, manned by fanciful tour guides.

    Georgetown Art Attack

    Georgetown Art Attack

     

    6. Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. He has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art, his work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Chihuly Garden and Glass includes three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits, with significant secondary spaces including a 90-seat café -decorated with many types of collections- with additional outdoor dining, a 50-seat multi-use theater and lecture space, retail and lobby spaces, and extensive public site enhancements beyond the Garden.

    Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Chihuly Garden and Glass

     

    7. Paint & Wine Night

    This is a very popular activity in Seattle and is taking place in many other places around the world. It is an event where you can create your own paintings while spending time with your friends and sipping from your wine glasses. You can check the upcoming events from the website; www.paintnite.com

    Paint & Wine Night

    Paint & Wine Night

     

    8. First Thursday Seattle Art Walks

    Pioneer square is one of the country’s most prominent art gallery districts where Seattle’s leading art events and openings are taking place. The First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square that is started in 1981, was in fact the first in the nation, and set the stage for over a dozen Art Walks. It is now held regularly throughout the city every first Thursday of the month.

    First Thursday Seattle Art Walks

    First Thursday Seattle Art Walks

     

    9. Seattle Art Fair

    The Seattle Art Fair is founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, since then it takes place every year. Seattle Art Fair 2017 was recently organized and the experience was glorious. With a total of 97 exhibitors are representing 26 cities from 9 countries including 50 galleries from the Pacific Rim, the Seattle Art Fair is a one-of-a-kind destination to showcase the best modern and contemporary art and the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest.

    Seattle Art Fair

    Seattle Art Fair

     

    10. Bookshops

    The Elliott Bay Book Company is one of the oldest bookstores in Seattle and no matter how online bookstores have all the hype, Seattleites love to spend time in these nostalgic bookstores and contribute to their business in any way they can. Mostly there are handcrafted recommendations posted on the books with post-it’s from other readers which I find very helpful; it gives the reader great insights about the book. Amazon also opened its first book store in the city. They select books based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and their curators’ assessments.

    Bookshops

    Bookshops

     

    Yasemin Soyen

  • Venice

    With its tiny streets, bridges, canales and gondolas sailing in the heart of the city, Venice is one of the most widely visited tourist attractions in the world. Located in northeastern Italy, this histocial 13th century city where Antonio Vivaldi, Titian and Marco Polo were born has a lot to offer. With its marveleous galleries and museums, the city takes us to a unique art tour.

     

    1.Grand Canal and Rialto

    Venice has two treasures: first the  3.800 metres long Grand Canal, which is main waterway of Venice hosting over 170 wonderful architectural structures on both sides, and second the Rialto Bridge which is oldest of all bridges crossing the canal at roughly its halfway point. Throughout history, both has been a source of inspiration for important artists. One Italian, one English and one French, three very important figures; Canaletto, Turner and Monet are first names that come to mind when we think of Grand Canal and Rialto. We see the beauty of Grand Canal in cityscapes of Venetian Canaletto and Monet, the master of water lilies, and best view of the Rialto Bridge in depictions of the master of light, Turner.

    Soldan sağa: Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal Venice (1730) T.W.Turner, The Rialto, Venice (1820) Monet, Venice, The Grand Canal (1908)

    Left to right: Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal Venice (1730), T.W.Turner, The Rialto, Venice (1820), Monet, Venice, The Grand Canal (1908)

     

    2.Venice Academy of Art / Gallerie dell’ Accademia

    Once used as a monastery, church and Santa Maria della Carita’ school, today the Accademia Art gallery hosts the most complete 13th to 18th century art collection. From Giovanni Bellini to Giorgine, Titian to Tintoretto, many masterpieces of great Italian masters who shaped tradition of European painting can be seen in this gallery.

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    3.Ca’ Rezzonico

    Taking its name from important Rezzonico family, Ca Rezzonico has widely visited grand staircase, Baroque architecture and sumptuous salons where the best examples of 18th century Venetian art are displayed. This former palace exhibit over 300 paintings on 3 floors together with specially made furnitures and Giambattisto Tieplo’s best works.

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    4.Correr Museum / Museo Correr

    In heart of the city, in the corner of San Marco Square,  we see the Correr Museum. In its 16th century building, this museum which is named after Venetian aristocrat was opened to the public in 1922. Correr Museum exhibits Venetian costumes and Dodge’s official ceremony attires, where it reflects the lives of old Venetian politicians, aristocrats and other citizens at its best.

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    5.Peggy Guggenheim Museum

    Located in the Dorsoduro  area of the Grand Canal near Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Museum fascinates Modern Art lovers. This collection that is currently exhibited in a 18th century palace was formed by the former owner of the building, Peggy Guggenheim. Opened to the public  in 1976, in Peggy Guggenheim collection, works of Picasso, Brancusci, Kandinsy and Magritte met the visitors.

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    6.Dodge Palace

    Dodge’s Palace was built in 14th-15h centuries with Gothic style. Consisting of three blocks, the Palace grew day by day by renovation and extension projects. It was turned into a museum in 1927. It was former residence of Dodges, supreme head of former Republic of Venice. In this Palace, you can visit administration chambers, prisons, Dodge’s rooms, a wide courtyard and armoury rooms.

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    7.Gritti Hotel for Artlovers

    Gritti Palace Hotel has a 15th century historical building that offers a unique and unforgettable stay for artlovers and guests. Located across the Salute Church on the Grand Canal, the Hotel opened its doors to guests in 2013 after 15 months of restoration project. With amazing view of Grand Canal, frescoes and valuable paintings covering its walls and antique furniture, it is a right address for your stay in Venice. 

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    8.Palazzo Grassi

    Palazzo Grassi hosts a wide contemporary art collection in its building located on the Grand Canal. The building was built by Grassi family in the 18th century and was restored by Japanese architect, Tadao Ando in Neoclassic style.  It hosts French billionare, François Pinault’s private collection together with Damien Hirst’s temporary private exhibition  entitled as ’The Wreck of Unbelievable’’

     

    9.Victoria Miro Gallery

    One of the most important art galleries in London, Victoria Miro has opened its new branch in May in Venice.  Located in the heart of Venice, in the San Marco Square, Victoria Miro’s launching exhibition and opening in parallel to prestigious Venice Biennial attact lots of attention.

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    10.Murano

    If you have couple of more days in Venice, Murano should be added to your list. Famous with its colorful houses and glass production, Murano is only 40 minutes away from the center of Venice with vaporettos. After exploring Murano’s colorful streets, you can visit the Glass Museum and buy Murano glass souveniers.

     

    11.Lido Island

    Another must-see place in Venice is Lido Island. We saw this island in popular scenes from famous films such as the Merhant of Venice, The English Patient and Casino Royale. Lido is an ideal place for those who want to get away from the crowd and enjoy the sea, beach and the sun.

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  • Cape Town Top 10

    Cape  Town offers visitors a breath-taking journey through art as well as its cultural and historical sights.

     

    1. IZIKO NATIONAL ART GALLERY

    This museum, a must-see for all art-lovers, offers quiet an impressive experience with its temporary and permanent exhibitions that feature works of South African art history.

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    2. FIRST THURSDAY EVENT

    The city turns into an open air art festival on the first Thursday of each month. Dozens of galleries, cafes and shops are open until the late hours of the night and the streets are bustling.

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    3. STREETS OF THE CITY CENTER

    The streets of the city center offer quite a pleasant stroll with their galleries and design stores. You can even run into a section of the Berlin Wall here. You can see sculptures and installations in most parks and gardens of the city. Most restaurants also feature interesting decor and art exhibitions. For photography enthusiasts, the Bo-Kaap district is a must-see with its colorful homes.

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    4. V&A WATERFRONT WATERSHED

    The center where many exclusive design objects are sold, offers design and art in the city center with its impressive temporary exhibitions.

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    5. Zeitz MOCAA

    Founded by German collector Jochen Zeitz, this museum located in iconic Grain Silos building opened its doors to the public in 2017. With its 9.500 square metres building, provocative  exhibits and wide collection, Zeitz MOCAA has already become a rising star of African and global art scene. Click for details.

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Photo: Iwan Baan

    Zeitz MOCAA, Heatherwick Studio, Photo: Iwan Baan

     

    6. IRMA STERN MUSEUM

    The house of Irma Stern one of the most prominent artists of South Africa has been transformed into a museum, providing extensive information on the continent of Africa as well as the artist while offering a unique visiting experience each time with its temporary exhibitions.

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    7. STELLENBOSCH VINEYARDS

    The vineyards of Cape Town seem to compete with each other in featuring artworks. The most famous among them, Delaire Graff Estate offers a wide selection of artworks with its collection of valuable pieces. Another place with a rich collection of artworks is the hotel Ellerman House that can be visited by appointment.

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    8. DYLAN LEWIS SCULPTURE GARDEN

    Dylan Lewis  moved to his farm in the beginning of the 90s and beginning to use it as his studio, the renowned artist transformed the property into a sculpture garden which offers an unforgettable experience to its visitors.

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    9. COAST TOWNS

    There are centers for arts and crafts in all coastal towns. In Hermanus you can observe whales or take a journey among large scale installations and see natural and handmade artworks. Garden Route, missed by those who stay for a short time, is lined by artist’s studios worth visiting along the way.

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    10. STREET ART ROUTES

    Cape Town offers large scale art works for those interested in street art. Woodstock and Observatory districts are full of streets that feature the finest examples of street art.

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    Ahmet Rüstem Ekici