5 Gorgeous Art Sites to See Around the World
Whether traveling for work or pleasure, I always make a point of visiting new art sites wherever I go. I love exploring foreign cities, admiring the exquisite architecture, meeting wonderful people, strolling through open markets, and tasting delicious food. I get lost in the beauty of my surroundings. An indescribable feeling of joy occurs when I discover gorgeous art exhibits, sculpture gardens, and public art installations. This passion feeds my soul. Here are five gorgeous spots from around the world for art lovers to visit.
While in Paris, I always make a point of visiting the Musée de l'Orangerie. The museum contains a stunning collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by masters such as Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso; however, it is most famous for being the permanent home of eight murals from Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series. The masterpieces are displayed on the ground floor in two oval rooms all along the walls under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet. It's truly one of the most beautifully tranquil places. The details and magnitude of each oil painting is beyond breathtaking, as Monet wanted to explore all the variations of light in his garden. One actually feels as if you are walking through Monet's flower garden at Giverny; it’s a completely hypnotic and magical experience. The museum is located in the west corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, making this Parisian visit a truly sensational experience. It’s the perfect afternoon activity before heading out for a fun night in Paris!
While in Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is a must-see. MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting, and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. I return every year in December while visiting my family. A few of my favorite past MCA exhibitions include Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration (2014), War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono (2013) and Anish Kapoor (2012). Afterwards, we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, located in the heart of Sydney. I've been going with my grandmother since I was young. It's such a wonderful tradition. The trees, flowers and outdoor art sculptures make for the most wonderful afternoon stroll.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a gorgeous sculpture garden. The Storm King Art Center is this and much more. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King is located one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley. Its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands is home to a collection of more than 100 sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, including Richard Serra, Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein. Touring Storm King by bicycle is a great way to experience the art and serene landscape it offers. Spring and autumn are my favorite times to visit, as the blooming flowers or changing leaves make for the most romantic setting.
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, ranging from prehistory through contemporary art, and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Museum’s beautiful Billy Rose Art Garden, designed by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, is counted among the finest outdoor sculpture settings of the 20th century. An Oriental landscape combined with an ancient Jerusalem hillside, the garden serves as the backdrop for the Israel Museum’s display of the evolution of the modern Western sculptural tradition. On view are works by modern masters including Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith, together with more recent site-specific commissions by such artists as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Mark Dion, James Turrell, and Micha Ullman.
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where Peggy Guggenheim once lived, is now home to her modern art museum, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, located on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. An unfinished 18th century Grand Canal palace, the magnificent classical façade presents its charm even before one steps inside. The collection holds major works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism, by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century such as Picasso, Braque, Calder, Duchamp, Léger, Brancusi, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Magritte, Pollock, Marini, and many more. The core mission of the museum is to present the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim. The outdoor sculpture garden also exhibits a variety of works from the permanent collection. Peggy Guggenheim's words of wisdom? "I took advice from none but the best. I listened, how I listened! That's how I finally became my own expert."