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The Centre Pompidou in Paris and London’s Serpentine Gallery are among the favourite galleries of Australian art experts, writes Sarah Nicholson.
HERE’S no doubt the Louvre, Tate Modern, and Metropolitan Museum of Art are three of the world’s most popular galleries.
Every year more than 20 million people combine to visit these acclaimed institutions with most patrons being travellers looking to spy a famous painting, sculpture and photograph.
But when it comes to art galleries there’s more than the legendary locations, with some of the celebrated spots really w worth seeing sitting far from the tourist trail.
Escape asks top staffers at some prestigious Australian galleries to nominate their favourite art stops, with the directors and curators b building an eclectic list of iconic and obscure institutions in destinations around the globe.
“Museo del Prado consistently excites me and produces not a hint of fatigue as, for example, when you hit the upper reaches of the Louvre or trudge through the umpteenth room of Dutch still-lifes in the Rijksmuseum. The Prado is the perfect size and would be worth visiting for the Flemish paintings alone without the unequalled masterpieces by Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.” “In Paris I always visit the Musee Nissim de Camondo which is an elegant somewhat Frick-like 19-century house museum with an affecting tale of family tragedy and a wonderful kitchen.” art with the sumptuous and inviting museum a welcome reprieve from the bustling Grand Canal. This eclectic and engaging museum has transformed curatorial practice the world over and was particularly instrumental in informing David Walsh’s vision for MONA in Hobart.” “Louvre-Lens – opened in the heart of France’s industrial north in 2012 – rotates works from the collection of the Louvre in Paris along with displaying temporary exhibitions and it’s been a huge and largely unanticipated success proving museums can change places and people.”
Director, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
(clockwise from above) The Musee d’Orsay in Paris; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart; Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano 2015; the Stravinsky Fountain outside the Pompidou Centre; and the Musee...