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The Art Explorer





Passionate art lovers will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to see or acquire a piece of art. Franck Goddio spent 13 years uncovering the sunken ancient Egyptian city of Thonis in the Mediterranean Sea (see below) to reveal exquisite treasures such as a grand temple of the god Amun. Whether it’s finding sunken artifacts or the chance discovery of a rare antique object at a bric-a-bac stall, there is a definite allure to searching for art and being rewarded with a find. The dedication of collectors who harbor a desire to to own a piece of art is also noteworthy. They can spend decades patiently waiting for a piece to become available and with luck manage to be triumphant at an auction. Enduring day long journeys in heat and dust to see rare statues or visit a temple is also where the dedication of the art aficionados is on display. Rising before sunrise on the weekend to get to an antique market to snare a bargain is also the modus operandi for some. Even a visit to the Paris Louvre requires a certain dedication with the long queues. Fortunately they are handsomely rewarded for their efforts. The painstaking work of archaeologists to discover and unearth mysteries from the past is admirable for their commitment.
This post presents a collection of links ranging from travel destinations for art, museums, art and antique exhibitions, pottery fairs and other guides for finding and exploring art.


Art exploration –  ancient and contemporary:


Venice Biennial 2017    13May – 26 November 2017


Biennale Arte 2017

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva, opened to the public from Saturday May 13th to Sunday November 26th, at the Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice. The show featured 120 invited artists, of which 103 were participating for the first time, 86 National Participations, a Special Project, and 23 Collateral Events.


Berlin Art Week    13 – 17 September 2017


Berlin Art Week is a highlight on the contemporary art calendar in the German capital. For the sixth time, the Berlin art world will be hosting exhibition openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events during the week. The rich variety of this fall program is made possible by the joint collaboration of institutions, galleries, artist, collectors, and project spaces and draws international attention.


Berlin Art Week | Berlin Art Week

For the seventh time, from 26-30 September 2018, the Berlin art scene is hosting art fairs, exhibition openings, award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events. Visitors can expect large-scale exhibitions on established artists as well as countless presentations in a wide range of genres by artists yet to be discovered.




Salad Days 2017 

Saturday, July 8 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm!

Salad Days

On the second Saturday of July each year, hundreds of visitors come to the Watershed campus for a memorable picnic-and carry home handcrafted ceramic plates as souvenirs of this special day. The plates are created by a dedicated artist-in-residence who spends the summer at Watershed making more than 500 plates for the Salad Days festival.



ICFF — May 21-24, 2017 Javits Center, NYC

ICFF | High End Luxury Furniture Fair | NYC

The North American platform for International design, ICFF comes to NYC May 20-23, 2018 with exclusive custom furnishings for your next design challenge.




NGV –  Van Gogh and the Seasons

28 APR 17 – 9 JUL 17


‘The parsonage garden in the snow’ – Van Gogh

January 1885 Nuenen



‘Wheatfield’ June 1888 Arles – Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the Seasons

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition. Curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons is exclusive to Melbourne and presents the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia.



Small Great Italian Museums

papale-papale: Piccoli Grandi Musei Italiani

Articoli della rubrica Piccoli Grandi Musei Italiani.

Art in Clay Hatfield 

18th 19th 20th August 2017 
Pottery & Ceramics Festival
Hatfield House



ceramic vessel by Daniel Boyle


Art in Clay Hatfield

Art in Clay Hatfield is an outdoor summer event held in marquees in the beautiful parklands of Hatfield House. A large event of over 200 exhibitors, including a full programme of talks & demonstrations and a Clay Creation Zone to fire your imagination.




 November 18, 19, 20  2016

Palais des congrès de Montréal.





Terry lazaroff



Salon de la sculpture, Scvlptvre IV, exposition de sculptures : 5,6,7 octobre, centre des congrès de Saint-Hyacinthe.


Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Sydney, Australia
20th October – 6th November, 2016




See more sculptures here – Sculpture by the Sea – 20th Anniversary

Home: – Sculpture by the Sea

Cottesloe, 14th annual exhibition | 2 – 19 March 2018 Bondi, 22nd annual exhibition | 18 October – 4 November 2018 Join us for the largest free to the public sculpture exhibitions in the world! Home page image credits


Biennale Interieur 2016

25th Silver Edition
14-23 October   Kortrijk, Belgium





Participants | Biennale Interieur

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Belgian classic Durlet has infused their collection with new additions. Durlet – who haven’t missed a single edition of Biennale Interieur – and young designer Sylvain Willenz join forces on this new, airy sofa. Yale is a comfortable, cosy seating unit that will make you feel as if you’re floating on air.

Berlin Art Week

13 – 18 September, 2016


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Berlin Art Week

photo Amin Akhtar



Berlin Art Week | Berlin Art Week

For the seventh time, from 26-30 September 2018, the Berlin art scene is hosting art fairs, exhibition openings, award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events. Visitors can expect large-scale exhibitions on established artists as well as countless presentations in a wide range of genres by artists yet to be discovered.


Plaza Art Fair

Friday, September 23, 2016 – Sunday, September 25, 2016

Plaza Art Fair | Country Club Plaza

Country Club Plaza: An exceptional blend of major fashion houses and local favorites, along with dozens of fine restaurants.

Degas – A New Vision – NGV – (National Gallery Victoria)

Currently running till 18th September 2016


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‘The Woman In Movement’ – Edgar Degas


Edgar Degas is one of the most celebrated artists associated with French Impressionism. The art he made over more than fifty years of constant creativity and renewal embraces painting, drawing, printmaking, monotypes, sculpture and photography, and has had an immense impact on modern and contemporary art. Modern life as he experienced it in nineteenth-century Paris provided Degas with a repertoire of motifs he explored with endless variation and innovation; from scenes of work and industry to ballet and the theatre, racecourses and boudoirs. This sweeping exhibition brings together more than 200 works by Degas from dozens of collections worldwide, offering a fresh and dynamic reappraisal of this legendary artist’s genius.

Degas | NGV

Marriage of Degas’s parents, Laurent-Pierre-Augustin-Hyacinthe (Auguste) De Gas, banker, aged twenty-four, of Paris, formerly of Naples, and Marie Célestine Musson, of Paris. The artist Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas is born at 8 rue Saint-Georges, Paris. The artist’s brother Achille De Gas is born at 21 rue de la Victoire, Paris.


Le Don du Fel – 9th European Ceramic Sculpture Festival, 2016


Mo Jupp, Jean-Marie Borgeaud, Emma Rodgers, Michael Flynn, Michel Wohlfahrt
from the 26th of June to the 11th of August, 2016



Jean-Marie-Borgeaud sculpture head

Jean Marie Borgeaud


Now Showing

du 1er avril au 7 mai Avec cette première exposition personnelle, Michel Wohlfahrt nous embarque vers son archipel imaginaire où son art transforme tout le poids du présent en une poésie pointue et joyeusement déjantée. Théâtrale aussi !



September 2- 6, 2016

September 3-10, 2016 – Paris Design Week

The multi-multicultural crossroads of contemporary living.

MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. The lifestyle show brings together a 360°product offering. Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children, tableware.





PARIS DESIGN WEEK is an itinerary uniting 300 participants that all proudly promote first-rate design in Paris, sprinkled with exhibits and festive parties organized each night of the week, aimed at design lovers and the French and international trade who will be in Paris for the MAISON&OBJET show.

Futura festival, 2016

25 to 27 August

20 concerts, 1 Nuit Blanche (from midnight to 8 am),
100 speakers, for concerts in total sound immersion
1 large screen for video projections
6 performers on acousmonium: Eric Broitmann , Guillaume Contré ,Tomonari Higaki , Olivier Lamarche , Jonathan Prager and Nathanaëlle Raboisson




musique acousmatique, art radiophonique, installation, vidéo




Sublime Symmetry,  2016


A touring exhibition showcasing the work of celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer, William De Morgan.


William De Morgan plate


1st june to 4th September 2016  –  free entry

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley South Yorkshire S75 4AT

Set in 70 acres of parkland, this country house museum is home to an impressive collection including ceramics, glass, furniture and Old Master paintings.  


De-Morgan_Sublime_symmetry-William De Morgan, Two Handled Vase with Persian Floral Decoration, 1882-1888

William De Morgan, Two Handled Vase with Persian Floral Decoration, 1882-1888



Yorkshire Sculpture Park

21 May 2016 to 21 Jan 2017 – Free Entry


Non Vital –

The artist’s first major retrospective in the UK brings together the work he has created in locales across the world.



‘Heads’ – Non Vital – 2014

Photo Eric Gregory Powell

The historically designed landscape of YSP remains home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures by KAWS



Monumental Kaws sculpture

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading open-air gallery.



Sydney Vivid 2016 – Light, Music, Ideas

27 May to 18 June



Vivid Sydney

The official Vivid Sydney website. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid Sydney 2017 will be held from 26th May – 17th Jun 2017.


Spectacular-highlights-from-Vivid-Sydney-2016-- illuminated crocodile light sculpture



Heiva, Tahiti

Thursday 02 to Saturday, June 4 at Place To’ata.

The annual Heiva, started in 1881, is an iconic event for Polynesian culture. Dance competitions, which are some of the most important events in Heiva, are prepared for months in advance by dancers.


mark-sissons-heivai-tahiti--'The Hand-dance of Aparima' - Heiva, Tahiti

‘The Hand-dance of Aparima’ – Heiva, Tahiti

photo -Mark Sisson


Tahiti Tourisme | Visit Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea & More | Official Tahiti Site

Official Tahiti Tourism site – Information on visiting Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea & other islands in this South Pacific Paradise. Cruises, Vacations & more.




Mount Hagen Cultural Show 2016 – New Guinea

20th – 21st August

Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and other neighbouring tribes from the Highlands region will gather in the township of Mt. Hagen to put on exciting cultural performances.




Events | Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority | Hagen Show

The 2018 Hagen Show is set for August 17th to 19th and returns to the old Kagamuga show grounds in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province.



Venice Art Crawl – July 21, 2016



The Venice Art Crawl’s mission is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically and currently makes Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.


VAC-light sculpture-Shana-Koenig

VAC light sculpture – Shana Koenig


Ecole Claire Fontaine Features Kids Booth during Venice Art Crawl

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm Volunteers needed! Contact Laura Alice at (310) 482-0422 or [email protected]


5th International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics of Sevres

from 12 to 29 May 2016 – 47 Grande Rue, Sevres, France




Ceramic Biennale (5th edition )

Now unavoidable, this international biennial welcomes the guests of honor Valérie Hermans and Jean-Paul Azaïs along with 42 other ceramic artists.
They share a love of nature and the earth. On clean shapes, box, nest, they drove passionate research. John Paul reveals the poetry of clay with natural glazes. Valerie works with high temperature glazes and especially celadon. Both, alchemists, playing with fire.

See more here



10 London highlights



A visitor walks through an exhibition room at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, UK. Photo: Bloomberg



The 10 London highlights most visitors miss

Ticked off the Tower of London? Ridden the Millennium Eye? Perused the Palace? Well, there’s plenty more to see in London, much of which is cruelly ignored by all but the most intrepid visitor – such as… Ridiculously and unashamedly grisly, the Old Operating Theatre delves into the world of 18th and 19th century surgery.



Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso

February 13, 2016 – June 26, 2016




Picasso cubist sculpture


Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso

This dossier exhibition centers on pairing and juxtaposing works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). A loan of four major works from the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, and loans from private collections will complement the MFA’s holdings of painting and sculpture by the artist, looking at different stages of his career and his exploration of form.



London Gallery – Erskine, Hall and Coe

Nine Potters Anniversary Edition

30th March – 23 April, 2016

An exhibition featuring the works of Michael Cardew, Claudi Casanovas, Hans Coper, Elizabeth Fritsch, Ewen Henderson, Bernard Leach, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Elizabeth Raeburn and Lucie Rie.



Erskine,-Hall-and-Coe exhibition


Erskine Hall & Coe – Ceramics & Modern Art Gallery, London

Mayfair gallery specialising in ceramics & modern art. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows by Genta Ishizuka, Zung-Lung Tsai, Sara Flynn & Jacques Kaufmann


Annual Michigan Regional Exhibition

May 12 – August 3



Exhibitions – Muskegon Art Museum


Long Beach Antique Market, USA

Long Beach Veterans Stadium – Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage items

Third Sunday of every month, next event on Sunday July 17




Home – Long Beach Antique Market

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Art Nouveau and architecture


The World’s Best Cities for Viewing Art Nouveau Art and Architecture

Art Nouveau, or “the new art,” hit its peak at the turn of the 20th Century and today looks more vintage than modern. Also known as Jugendstil and Stile Liberty, and a close kin to Arts and Crafts and Modernism, the movement was filled with fluidity and the organic, natural form and stretched across the European continent, Britain, North America, and beyond.




Discovery of sunken Egyptian city


Known as Thonis to the ancient Egyptians and Heracleion to the ancient Greeks the city was rediscovered in 2000 by French underwater archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a team from the European Institute for Underwater Archeology (IEASM) after a four-year geophysical survey. On the sunken Island of Antirhodos, the ruins of the lost city the size of Paris was found 30 feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria. This city, shrouded in myth, was swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years.  Archeologists are now unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, and uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts telling the story of a vibrant classical-era port.




Egyptian statue buried underwater




Portrait of a pharaoh, Quartzite, 25th dynasty (712-661 BC) with characteristic traits of the statuary of the 25th so-called Ethiopian Dynasty (8th century BC).

Portrait of a pharaoh, Quartzite, 25th dynasty (712-661 BC) with characteristic traits of the statuary of the 25th so-called Ethiopian Dynasty (8th century BC).




Lifting an Egyptian statue from the submerged city – Monumental statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing Hapy, god of the Nile flood and symbol of abundance and fertility.



 Raising the colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh from the sea

Head of a colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh is raised to the surface.



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Discovery of an ancient inscribed Egyptian tablet- The stele of Thonis-Heracleion (1.90 m), ordered by Pharaoh Nectanebo I (378-362 BC), is almost identical to the stele of Naukratis in the Egyptian Museum of Cairo.



Onlookers watch Franck Goddio and his team watch the raising of a colossal Egyptian statue of red granite from the Mediterranean Sea

Franck Goddio and his team watch the rise to the surface of a colossal statue of red granite (5.4 m) representing the god Hapy, symbol of abundance and fertility and god of the Nile flood which stood in front of the temple of Heracleion. Never before has the statue of a god of this size been discovered in Egypt, which indicates Hapy’s importance for the Canopic branch, the largest and most important of the Nile branches at that time. Hapy looks happy to be rediscovered.


Underwater-statue off the coast of Alexandria

 One of the finest finds in Abukir Bay is the remarkable dark stone statue of a 3rd century Ptolemaic queen, very probably Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III



lost egypt excavation by divers of monumental Egyptian statue

Recovery of monumental Egyptian sculpture – archaeologists Franck Goddio and his team inspect the colossal red granite statue of a pharaoh of over 5 metres height, weighing 5.5 tons




The statue of an Isis priest holding an Osiris-jar found on the sunken Island of Antirhodos in the great harbour of Alexandria




Above view of the colossal triad of 5-metre high red granite statues of a pharaoh, his queen and the god Hapy, dating from the 4th century BC, which stood in front of the great temple of Heracleion. They are lying on a pontoon barge together with the 17 fragments of an over 5-metre high 2nd century BC red granite stele in reassembly.




 Egyptian potter ?





A diver eye-to-eye with a sphinx made out of black granite. The face of the sphinx is believed to represent Ptolemy XII, father of the famous Cleopatra VII.





Majestic lion statue





Ceramic bowl that dates from the 1st century BC – 1st century AD. Its shape suggests that it may have been used for divination rituals.





Sunken Cities – Egypt’s lost worlds

19 May – 27 November 2016, British Museum



More Franck Goddio finds


Porcelain dishes in blue and white appear after the sediment has been removed from the wreck of the Lena Shoal junk.

Porcelain dishes in blue and white appear after the sediment has been removed from the wreck of the Lena Shoal junk.





Rediscovering Shi Cheng, a Chinese Lion City which was flooded half a century ago

All photos ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, photo: Christoph Gerigk





Easter Island Moai have bodies too


                                Revealing the whole size of an Easter-Island-stone-statue

Excavated Easter Island Moai reveals the hidden body, which got buried through mud slides.


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Art of  Santa Fe


List of Sante Fe galleries – follow link

Shop for world-class art in a laid-back setting in Santa Fe, N.M.

Although it’s considered one of the top art centers of the Western world, Santa Fe has its drawbacks. Like the lack of sidewalks on much of well-known Canyon Road, home to more than 100 galleries. I thought about this when a Pepsi truck driver honked and sternly yelled “Watch out, lady” as I sidestepped a muddy puddle on the cobblestone street.

Bijou - Lucio Lopez-Rey

Lucio Lopez-Rey



JCompton Gallery



LAPADA Art & Antiques Association

Click the link below for the 2016 calendar of 20 Art and Antique events


Events Archive – LAPADA

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The English-art-and-antique-fair-Olympia-interior

Olympia art and antique fair, UK



Potfest in the Park 2016 – July 29th – 31st

Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm daily

Over 100 exhibitors from all over Europe and beyond. All with very distinctive individual styles, all passionate about working with clay.


Potfest Pottery Markets & Ceramic Festivals UK

Potfest Pottery Events & Ceramic Shows UK. Come Along & Meet Potters in Penrith, Hutton-in-the-Forest in Cumbria & Scone Palace Scotland

  Monks Cave by Daniel Boyle - photo Christine Cox

 ”Monks Cave’ by Daniel Boyle


Potfest - English pottery fair

Potfest in the Park



‘They came from the East, bearing gifts’  by Ralph Jandrell

Photos Christine Cox



Rodin Museum


The musée Rodin | Rodin Museum

A monographic museum, the Musée Rodin contains the largest collection of the sculptor’s works at two sites, in Paris, at the Hôtel Biron, and in Meudon, site of his former home, atelier, and reserve collection. Created in 1916, thanks to Auguste Rodin’s donation of his works and his collections to the French State, it opened in 1919.


Camille Claudel



Burghers of Calais – Auguste Rodin

 Musée Rodin

Potters Market Seillans, France

August 15, 2016



Marché Potier de Seillans

Marché Potier de Seillans, Var – 40 potiers céramistes vous proposent leurs créations lors du marché potier du 15 août


Potters Market Seillans - Outdoor French pottery market

Seillans pottery market



The Madrid Art and Ceramics Fair

From 19/11/2016 to 27/11/2016. From 12:00 to 21:00.


Feriarte, Feria de Arte y Antiguedades – Feriarte Colecciona

Arte y restauracion, feria de antigüedades y coleccionismo Feriarte. Este evento supone el centro del mercado de las artes antiguas, decorativas y la pintura – Feriarte Colecciona


Madrid Art and Ceramics Fair


African-masks at Madrid art and antiques fair



Art Deco cities


10 Great Art Deco Cities You Might Not Know About

The coastal town of Napier, New Zealand, is in the throes of its annual Tremains Art Deco Weekend, “celebrating the hope and optimism of the ’20s and ’30s.” The Art Deco design style ushered in a modern era of experimentation-all sharp angles and geometric precision, ornate embellishments and golden accents-that left many beautiful landmarks around the world, most notably in cities like New York, Chicago, and Miami.


Napier Art Deco




Keramisto 2016!  Netherlands

17 and 18 September


Internationale keramiekmanifestatie Keramisto 2016!

Keramisto biedt al meer dan 25 jaar een schitterend aanbod aan keramiek in al zijn verschijningsvormen. Kortom, een manifestatie met internationale allure!




London free art


Free art in London

Looking at great art needn’t cost the same as buying great art. With a shed-load of free art exhibitions in London, wandering through sculptures, being blinded by neon or admiring some of the best photography in London needn’t cost a penny. Here’s our pick of the best free art exhibitions this week and beyond.


Photograph by Richard Avedon



European Art Nouveau

10 of the best European cities for art nouveau

Art nouveau was the curvilinear, nature-inspired style that dominated everything from jewellery to architecture at the start of the 20th century. As it spread throughout Europe and across the Atlantic it followed two main strands: the curvy, whiplash decoration that flowed out of Paris-Brussels and the more linear, geometric style seen in Vienna and Glasgow.

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Art Nouveau Museum, Riga







Art Basel Modern and contemporary art, Miami

December 1 – 4, 2016

Art Basel in America at Miami Beach | Miami Beach | Art Basel

Art Basel in America at Miami Beach ranks as the premier art show of the Americas offering a premier platform for renowned artists and galleries.

Art-Basel-in-Miami-Beach_-2015_-Survey_-Bergamin-_-Gomide - Abstract painting by Roberto-Burle-Marx

Guaratiba – Roberto Burle Marx, 1989



Paris by the beach


10 of the best ways to enjoy Paris … on a budget

Every summer the city creates “fake” beaches with huge plots of sand around the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. Dubbed “Paris Plages”, this year it begins on 20 July and is open every day, free of charge, from 9am to midnight.

Musée-Carnavalet Musée Carnavalet. Photograph- R Ian Lloyd-Masterfile-Corbis

Musée Carnavalet. Photograph- R Ian Lloyd





Museums and galleries of Paris


Paris’s best museums and art galleries

Centre Georges Pompidou The Pompidou was groundbreaking when it opened in 1977, both for Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’s colourful, hi-tech architecture and its multidisciplinary approach and I still find it one of the city’s most exciting buildings.


Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris



Budget Venice


Venice on a budget: the best cheap hotels and restaurants

is expensive, there’s no getting away from that. However, there are ways to avoid becoming the latest victim of some of its dearest establishments – like the poor British family that this week felt compelled to write to the mayor after being charged €526 (£463) for lunch near St Mark’s Square.


Gothic relief in Venice, sculpted around 1430, showing Madonna and Child sided by Mark the Evangelist and John the Baptist,  Campo San Zaccaria

Photo by Giovanni Dall’Orto – Wikimedia Commons


Paris Louvre


The Louvre’s collection covers Western art from the medieval period to 1848, formative works from the civilisations of the ancient world, and works of Islamic art. See the collections with the link.

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Nymph and Triton surrounded by two geniuses – Jean Goujon

Curatorial Departments | Louvre Museum | Paris

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If you want to avoid the queues then try using the entrance at the Porte des Lions just east of the Pont Royal; at number 99 the Rue du Rivoli; at the Arc du Carousel or directly from the Metro station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (platform on line 1).

You can escape the queues completely by purchasing your ticket in advance at FNAC or other department stores



The world’s coolest museums

It doesn’t look that flash: if anything, it resembles a large black crayon. Not what you would imagine a magic wand to look like. Nonetheless, that is precisely what visitors to Manhattan’s Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are getting when they are issued with a Pen. The Pen is a go-anywhere, do-anything tool for visitors.


Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Lansing, USA


13 art trips

13 Art Trips You Need To Take

One of our favorite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum, whether we see a blockbuster exhibit by an internationally known artist or we stumble upon a little-known institution with an exciting collection.

Forbes-ArtTripsYouNeedToTake-Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Aerial View

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art



10 of the best museums in Europe… that you’ve probably never heard of

A line of yellow penguins and a group of giant, faceless crawling babies marks the site of Museum Kampa, a modern art gallery on Prague’s leafy Kampa Island. The giant babies – by Czech sculptor David Černý – and the surreal penguins,which glow brightly at night, are a popular photo opportunity.


Centrale Montemartini, Rome

Photograph–Massimo Listri, Corbis



25 Top Tourist Attractions in Paris

1571 reviews The Place des Vosges, formerly called Place Royale, was the prototype for all residential squares in Europe. All houses were built using the same design: red brick with steep pitched blue slate roofs. Not only is it shaped like a true square, it is the first city square that was planned by a monarch (Henry IV in the early 17th century).


Argilla Argentona. International Ceramics Fair

1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2016


Ambient_fira_Argentona ceramic fair, Spain




Argentona street market


Free Paris


Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.



Italian cultural holidays


The 10 best Italian art and culture holidays for 2018

These are two of the most under-appreciated art cities in Italy and Martin Randall combines them into a fascinating tour. Down on the coast, Ravenna is home to some of the greatest buildings of late antiquity with among the finest surviving Byzantine mosaics.


San Vitale mosaic, Ravenna



Leaning tower, Pisa


Paris off the beaten track


10 of the best spots for culture in Paris

There are good reasons why the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are respectively the most visited museum and monument in the world. However, we thought we’d go slightly off the beaten tracks and reveal some of Parisians’ favourite cultural hotspots.

Venice highlights


The 20 must-do highlights of Venice

1 SEE THE GRAND CANAL It’s likely the almost four-kilometre Grand Canal, Venice’s monumental palazzo-lined watery main street, will be a prominent feature of your visit. Even when viewed from a crowded vaporetto, or waterbus (see below), the Grand Canal is magnificent, but it’s best experienced by boat late at night when it’s at its most serene and blissfully free of the water traffic that dominates it by day.


Mid Century ceramic vessel – San Polo, Venice




San Giorgio Maggiore Church, Venice

The Baroque church rises on homonymous island; visible from San Marco Square



The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Melbourne

The home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.
General entry is free
Open 10am–5pm




Enfilade and Intrafilament, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square

In August 1968 when the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road was opened, reviews were mixed. From the public perspective, the building, designed by the Melbourne architect Roy Grounds, was an overwhelmingly popular success. From the art and architectural professions, there was hot debate, largely over the way the building looked, and how the art inside it was displayed.


The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

October 27-30


San Francisco Antiques fair-Patrick Mestdagh_TOADS

Patrick Mestdagh



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