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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-

The Met.

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