Art & Travel

Rembrandt’s Early Years

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN The Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century was a period of great wealth for Holland, then known as the Dutch Republic, when trade with countries all over the world blossomed. Cities which were sending ships to Asia, Africa and the Americas were among the richest in

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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 – All the 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

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Madrid’s Magic Mile

Madrid boasts an art walk par excellence in the Paseo del Arte, which links three world class art museums barely ten minutes from one another and all in beautiful buildings adapted for cultural purposes. A half-day in each is a bare minimum to begin to appreciate them. Along with a couple of relative newcomers, they

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Rotterdam Makes It Happen

Rotterdam is not a typical Dutch city. Emerging from its bombed out WWII ruins – reconstruction began just two weeks after the war ended, the ‘fire boundary’ still marked today by small lights in the pavement in the shape of red flames – rather than rebuilding in the image of its past, the city made

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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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Bank on Luxembourg

It may be known mainly for its financial institutions and EU offices, but Luxembourg is also the ideal city break destination for art-lovers.

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Leeuwarden I Cultural Capital

With an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most possible spellings of its name, Leeuwarden in Friesland in the north of Holland is the focal point for the region and its eleven main towns, where over 60 projects will celebrate the European Capital of Culture ethos of culture as a medium for change.

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Stijl-ish Netherlands

In 2017, Holland celebrated 100 years of ‘De Stijl’ (The Style), considered the country’s most important contribution to 20th century culture.

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Miami I Art Museums

The days of Miami’s ‘cocaine cowboys’ and Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas battling it out with hoodlums MTV-style in ‘Miami Vice’ are long gone, and a once drug-crazed city is slowly emerging as an internationally respected cultural centre.

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Miami I Art Deco District

In the fabled South Beach, a 10-mile long barrier island separated from Downtown Miami by Biscayne Bay, the Art Deco District boasts over 800 buildings erected between the 1920s and ’40s.

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