Art Galleries & Museums
It was our New Years resolution to be healthier, more mindful and adventurous. We continue the sentiment in February, featuring ways we can enrich our minds through the arts, with galleries and museums around the world - and where to stay while you’re there.
BOLD COLOR & SERENITY:
Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Morocco was built to celebrate the famous work of late artist Yves Saint Laurent who specialized in women's fashion. The museum highlights the shift in artist's career after he purchased a cobalt blue villa in Morocco. His prominently black and white work would soon change into fashion pieces with bold color and patterns. While visiting Morocco, stay in a private pavilion at Amanjena an @aman property and experience serenity in true Moroccan fashion with candle lanterns and heated individual pools.
THE (HE)ART OF AFRICA:
Cape Town is home to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) — a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first-century art from Africa and its Diaspora. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Above the museum sits the @thesilohotel_ , the perfect place to stay while learning about Africa’s artistic history.
VAN GOGH’S WORLD:
See it as he did and explore the world's largest collection of his works at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. After taking in the collection and learning about his life, take a tour of the city's famed canals before resting at the truly iconic De L'Europe Amsterdam Hotel.
TOP OF THE ROCK:
The Acropolis Museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The monuments of the Acropolis have withstood the ravages of past centuries, both of ancient times and those of the Middle Ages. Following a tour of the museum, relax poolside at the King George Hotel, where the Acropolis is forever in view.
NEW YORK LANDMARKS:
In the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you'll notice a museum with bold architectural style. The Guggenheim, founded by Solomon R Guggenheim, is an art museum hosting an always expanding collection of artwork. In the early 1940's famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the museum. After 700 sketches and 15 years later, the museum now stands as a New York landmark. If landmarks are your thing, consider staying at the New York EDITION. This clocktower from the early 1900's was cleverly transformed into a 5-star boutique hotel with graceful design and panoramic views of the city.
WORK OF ART:
Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy which holds the magnificent works of Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Stand in awe as you gaze upon one of his most famous piece, statue of David. While viewing works of art, it only seems suitable to stay in one. At Portrait Firenze, hospitality is their work of art. This five-star, all-suite hotel experience is designed with a personal touch for each guest, making your traveling adventure your own masterpiece.
TIME STANDS STILL:
Take a peak into China's history at a live excavation site turned into a museum in Xi'an. The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors is a large collection of life-size terracotta sculptures found by farmers in the 1970's. The sculptures were a part of a funerary project aimed to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259-210BC) in the afterlife. While in Xi'an, stay at the Shangri-La Hotel and enjoy a traditional massage at the spa, homemade noodles at their restaurant and a rejuvenating bath in your room. Let time stand still as you enjoy the little pleasures in life.
A BIT OF OLD AND NEW:
A visit to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania, Australia is a work of art in itself. The gallery is cut into a 240-million-year old Triassic-era sandstone! The works on display are full of shock value and many comment on contemporary culture. A more g-rated piece is Bit.fall, by German artist Julius Popp, a two-story pulsing waterfall of 128 computer-controlled nozzles that briefly drip a display of words streamed from real-time Google searches. When staying in down under, look no further than the Saffire Freycinet, a warm, elegant luxury accommodation with an impossible to describe view.
SOAK IN THE HISTORY:
Come stand in awe one of the most visited attractions in Berlin: The Pergamon Museum was originally built in 1904 but soon expanded a little less than a decade later as it was overflowing with artifacts from Babylon, Uruk, Ashur and Egypt. Today the museum has three wings; one for the Antiquity Collection, the Islamic Art Museum, and the Middle East Museum. While visiting Berlin, stay at @roccofortehotels Hotel de Rome located in the historic Bebelplatz. The hotel was once headquarters to a 19th century bank and one of the few places where you can soak in an indoor swimming pool that once housed a former jewel vault.