London, Paris, New York and Delhi? List of must visit art destinations of the world!

When you visit an art gallery, an art exhibition or an art fair, you are amongst those who stare at the art piece deliberating over it for a very long time and then go ‘ohh’ at that moment when you finally understand the work, whereas others around you just casually stroll by… then this article is for you. The list below is of the destinations that you should travel and mix heavy doses of art with. Here’s a mini guide for best art destinations from around the world!

  1. PARIS

This city has to be your first tryst with art, as you decide to venture open the doors to the realm of art with no parallels in the rest of the world. An opening to Mecca of art is this city of love and fashion, housing the most visited museum in the world. The Louvre here is famous for Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, Rebellious slave by Michelangelo, Liberty leading the people by Eugene Delacroix and many such marvels.

The most stunning museum architecture in the world. Louvre Museum in Paris. Image source
The most stunning museum architecture in the world. Louvre Museum in Paris. Image source

The other must see museums and art galleries at Paris that cannot be missed at any cost are: Musee d’ Orsay which  displays works of Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Rodin including other amazing Impressionist work. Centre Georges Pompidou has over 70,000 works of art. Some of the best works on display here are that of Pablo Picasso as it has a collection of 65 Picasso paintings. Paris has showcased some of the most spectacular works of art over the years. For instance, Treasures of Tutankhamun gathered a crowd of 1.2 million people, Monet retrospective attracted over 920,000 visitors, the other shows that attracted huge response were Picasso and the Masters and The Dali show.

  1. NEW YORK

What makes New York an artsy heaven for tourists and art lovers alike? The following list should be reason enough! Museum of Modern Art is a proud owner of a collection of 150,000 individual pieces including The persistence of Memory by Salvadore Dali, The starry night by Vincent Van Gogh, L’Atelier Rouge/ The red studio by Henri Matisse etc.

The starry night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889. Image source
The starry night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889. Image source

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum  This is home to ever extending collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art. The most prominent highlights from the collection available here are The Yellow Cow by Franz Marc, Red Balloon by Paul Klee  and many more! The Metropolitan Museum of Art This is the largest museum in USA. The prominent art pieces from their collection include Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer by Remembrandt, Self portrait with straw hat by Vincent Van Gogh, The oil mill by Pablo Picasso, Cow by  Arthur Dove, and many more The other museums and galleries that you should go to are Whitney museum of American  art, Storm King Art Center and  Gallery Chelsea. [Also suggested for you: 8 works of Art that will leave you love struck || When love and art collide]

  1. Chicago

Millenium Park in downtown Chicago has an incredible combination of architecture, landscape designs , installations and sculptures such as Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, BP Bridge and more.

Cloud gate located in Chicago is a sculpture by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor.
Cloud gate located in Chicago is a sculpture by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor. Image source

Art institute of Chicago, Museum of contemporary art should also be on your art radar here!

  1. LONDON

National Gallery in London houses over 2,300 paintings. The collection here includes works from American school, Dutch school, English school, French school, Flemish school, German, Italian and Spanish schools.

Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh located in National Gallery, London. Image Source
Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh located in National Gallery, London. Image Source 

Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery and Apsley House  in London are a paradise for every serious art lover, for they must not be missed! London is also your own personal gallery when it comes to the amount of fantastic public and street art that is free to enjoy by the public and the master of such art is none other than Banksy, the location for Banksy’s art work can be found on this map. Other street artists to watch out for when in London are Eine for huge brightly colored words and letters and Stik for the Stick men.

  1. ROME

The place where there is something new to explore every day and ending to that day can be by grabbing a drink at any corner with fine musical notes filling the air. Museums are the ‘art beat’ of this fine city! Vatican Museum The Sistine chapel with it’s ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and  Stanza Della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are prominent works of art here. The most remarkable works housed here are The adoration of the Magi by Raphael, St. Jerome in wilderness by Leonardo Da Vinci, Transfiguration by Raphael, The vision of St. Helen by Veronese, Entombment by Caravaggio, Frari Madonna by Titian.

The creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Image source
The creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Image source

Galleria Borghese/ The Borghese Gallery  It is the oasis for your thirsty eyes, where reward is exquisite work like Apollo and Daphne by Bernini and Italy’s most mysterious work in terms of hidden symbolism and secrets that historians are till date unable to understand i.e. Sacred and Profane love by Titian.

Sacred and profane love by Titian. Image source
Sacred and profane love by Titian. Image source

Museo Nazionaledi Villa Giulia, The Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica are other most notable and important museums and galleries in Rome. [You must also see: 10 top shelf liquor brands that have bottled art and creativity]

  1. BERLIN

Berlin street art tour is a not to miss thing and contemporary art galleries support it for various reasons. Large Murals by Blu can be spotted on the preserved sections of Berlin Wall. Close by in the alleys one can spot Blu’s collaboration with French artist JR, also, works by artist Bimer can be spotted. Various international artists have come to work with the local artists in this city making it a nice walk down graffiti filled streets!

Berlin street art scene on the Berlin Wall by Blu. Image source
Berlin street art scene on the Berlin Wall by Blu. Image source
  1. INDIA

Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh have sculptures which are unique as they are erotic in nature. These sculptures are intricate and are symbolic of Nagara Style. Their popularity have made it a UNESCO world heritage site. While the capital, New Delhi also boasts of National Gallery of Modern Art, School of Arts and Aesthetics (JNU), and Talwar Gallery.

Khajuraho sculptures in Madhya Pradesh, India. Image source
Khajuraho sculptures in Madhya Pradesh, India. Image source
  1. FLORENCE

It is the heart of Italian Renaissance and testament of rich history of architecture done by greatest of minds from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo. Uffizi Gallery Some of the artworks here include Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of VenusLa Primavera, Adoration of the Magi, Parmigianino’s Madonna of Long neck, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Flora; Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, Diego Velazquez’s self portrait and many more.

Uffizi in Florence. Image source
Uffizi in Florence. Image source

Galleria del Accademia, The Duomo and Palazzo Strozzi are other notable museums located here.

  1. AMSTERDAM

Rijks Museum has on display over 8,000 objects of art. Some masterpieces include Rembrandt, Franz Hals and Johannes Vermeer.

The night watch by Rembrandt (17th century copy indicating areas that were cut in 1715)
The night watch by Rembrandt (17th century copy indicating areas that were cut in 1715) Image source 
  1. Turkey

One must conclude their art affair at Goreme open air museum! It is an essential pit stop for any visit to Cappadocia. There are various churches and chapels here. The major highlight here is Karanlik Kilise.

Karanlik Kilise, Turkey
Karanlik Kilise, Turkey. Image source

[The edited version of this article written by me was also published on April 06, 2015 on Artsome.co’s  blog. Click here to view the edited version.] You can now also follow me for live updates on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus! Will love to see you there! Your art loving faffer, Ruchi

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