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6 Art and Design destinations you need to know about


One of my favourite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum. I love to wander around the beautiful large buildings and admire their use of space, lighting and of course the art work they house. For me, it’s a way to exercise my mind and let my spirit breath, away from all the daily hustle and bustle.

Image by Steve Harris on flickr


Here are 6 places I would like to visit this year:


1. Immerse yourself (literally) in the world of "Van Gogh’s starry night" at the Carrières de Lumières

Van Gogh’s paintings come to life in a unique visual and musical production. The paintings are projected onto the giant stone walls and columns, the music whirls you around the caverns and you find yourself totally drawn into the paintings. A magical experience, like being cast in an interactive art movie. If you are in Southern France near Marseille, then this is well worth seeing.
The exhibition has opened recently and runs until 5 January 2020, after which the exhibition "Japan Dreamed, Images of the Floating World" will follow.

Image by Clemence D on flickr

2. Ride a giant mechanical elephant in Nantes

If your trip keeps you in France, then take a look at The Machines de l’Ile, an artistic project of visual arts and engineering. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, in the former shipyards of the city. Take a ride on the 12-meter tall Great Elephant, climb aboard the Marine Worlds Carrousel of 27 moving sea creatures or the Heron Tree to fly over the hanging gardens.

3. Explore the new Jean Nouvel National Museum of Qatar in Doha

Qatar will be celebrating the opening of the stunning National Museum of Qatar at the end of March. Inspired by a desert rose, a formation of sand crystals that resemble petals, the museum is an impressive sight of interlocking discs and spaces, spreading out over 40,000 square metres. The museum is dedicated to Qatar’s history and incorporates the historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. It will exhibit precious artefacts from Qatar’s history, interactive displays and commissioned artworks by Qatari and international artists.

Image by Ryan Dickey on flickr

4. Meet Hilma in NYC, the innovator of abstract art

Yes, the first abstract painter was a woman! Swedish born Hilma af Klint produced more than a thousand works in her lifetime but they remained in her studio. She worked as a commercial painter and rarely exhibited her abstract work because she worried that the world was not ready to see it. Hilma died in 1944 with the wish that the paintings won’t be shown to the public until 20 years later. Her paintings were discovered in 1986, and her current exhibition at the Guggenheim NY is her first major exhibition in NY. The exhibition finishes in April this year, so hurry up!


5. Walk up and down the Vessel in Hudson Yard, NYC

"It's not a building, it's not a sculpture, it's not an artwork, and yet it has scale and relevance to all of those typologies... In a way, we're thinking of this as a piece of furniture. Its ongoing use will evolve, quite naturally," said Stuart Wood, a senior designer at Heatherwick Studio, the design firm behind The Vessel. The Vessel is a giant honeycomb-like sculpture made up of 154 staircases and 80 platforms, zigzagging together to form a web of nearly 2,500 individual stairs. If you walk up and down The Vessel following its circular path, then you will have walked a mile.

Bauhaus in Berlin by perceptions on flickr

6. From 100 years of Bauhaus into the future

In 2019 year the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the experimental, radical school of Bauhaus; so head to Weimar, Dessau and Berlin in Germany to see the new museums and exhibitions. The Museum in Weimar is aiming to be more than a design, architecture and art museum. It is a place for exploration, sensory experiences and discussions along the wonderful collections. The exhibition is centred around the oldest collection of Bauhaus objects worldwide and combines the history of the Bauhaus with questions of current and future ways of living together. It tries to answer the questions “how will we live, how will we settle, what form of community do we aspire to be?“

Have I missed anything? Are you curious about art? Where would you like to travel, what museum would you like to see, what artist?