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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...

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