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“Dia:beacon makes for a fantastic escape from Manhattan – the train journey takes you back to an era of pioneers.”
tion to the master artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, there’s also contemporary art and design. Come here for permanent and temporary exhibitions or curb your appetite with a satisfying lunch. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop – it’s one of the best on the planet. 11 W 53rd Street, Manhattan www.moma.org Dia:beacon Whenthehustleand bustle of Manhattan gets under your skin, Dia:beacon provides an escape. The one hour long train journey, from Penn Station to Beacon, takes your through the landscape north of Manhattan with the Hudson River running alongside the tracks, back to an era of pioneers. Just like MOMA, the building was finished in 1929, but then functioned as a factory. Since 1960, Dia’s own collections and speciality exhibitions have transformedbeacontoanartde-
Dia:beacon. Well worth the journey. newmuseum New Museum has an interesting concept, both in its architecture (the Japanese architect stacked corrugated metal boxes) but also in its contemporary video and photography exhibitions. The proximity to Soho and Chinatown makes for an interesting walk to the museum and it’s hard to resist the many coffee shops and lunch restaurants nearby. 235 Bowery, Manhattan www.newmuseum.org
chelsea Chelsea is home to the world’s biggest and possibly most influential galleries. Gagosian Gallery, Hauser & Wirt and Pace Gallery are found here. In my opinion Gagosian is outstanding and it has a great line-up of artists. The current exhibition is by the sculpturist Richard Serra. Virtually all great artists, from Jean-michel Basquiat to Jeff Koons and Damian Hirst, have passed through this area. Pace Gallery is also found in London, Peking and in two locations in New York. The reason I picked Pace on 25th Street is because it’s near other exciting galleries in Chelsea. Hauser & Wirt also has two addresses in New York while also being represented in Zurich and London. My preferred route through Chelsea down towards the Meatpacking District is on the The High Lines’ beautiful promenade. The abandoned train tracks have been transformed into a beautiful landscape above noisy roads and avenues.
Gramercypark If you have no urge to leave Manhattan the celebrity haunt Gramercy Park could be an experience in itself. The hotel is jam-packed with pieces of the most prominent contemporary artists. Round off the visit with a cocktail in the renowned Rose Bar. 2 Lexington Avenue www.gramercyparkhotel.com
stination full of life. The studios of my fellow artists Mikeanddougstarnand Frank Stella are also set up in old industrial buildings. 3 Beekman Street, Beacon www.diaart.org
The Metropolitan Museumofart The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art goes under the name The Met. The museum boasts collections from ancient times until modern day. There are also temporary exhibitions. Don’t leave without visiting – The Met’s Roof, where you can enjoy exhibitions as well as astounding views of Central Park. 1000 5th Avenue, Manhattan www.metmuseum.org
Moma Founded the same year as the stock market crash of 1929, MOMA is a must-visit when in New York. In addi-