Cities in Europe for Art Lovers
Posted on March 20 2015
Art is all over the world, and luckily for us, many cities across Europe are bursting with some of the best vibrant art scenes. Europe is home to some of the most priceless pieces of art, alongside some of the best contemporary galleries. Here is our pick of a few of the best cities in Europe for Art lovers.
Since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Berlin has reinvented itself as a leading European arts destination. It's an art lovers paradise. Not only is it home to hundreds of galleries, museums and street art, it also has it's own district especially dedicated to art called Museum Island, which is home to 5 museums. Virtually every corner of Berlin is riddled with art, in some shape or form. One of Berlin's best known spaces is the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery that has been presenting distinctive art from around the world since 1992 and there's also the Galerie Crone, which was founded in Hamburg in 1982. This again, is another powerhouse of contemporary art, mostly from Germany and the rest of Europe. Not only that, Berlin's art calendar is bursting with several events that attract more and more artists and art lovers each year. From 1 - 3 May 2015, art lovers, art collectors and curators are invited to The Gallery Weekend, which brings together over 50 private galleries, with exclusive tours and extended opening hours throughout. The Gallery Weekend has now established itself as Berlin's most important art event.
Image courtesy of Daniel Mennerich. Berlin - Brandenburger Tor 01- copyright
We all know London is a treasure chest full of art. With over 200 art venues offering something for every taste, there's an eclectic mix of traditional and modern. Of course for any newbie, you have to go to begin with the staples - the National Gallery, the British Museum and the Tate Museum, which is home to the largest collection of British art in the world, showing work from the past five centuries in a series of changing exhibitions - and for those who fancy something a little bit more controversial there's the infamous Saatchi Gallery, which showcases some spectacular and outrageous contemporary art. What's so great about London is that every aspect of art is covered, whether it be moving image, sculpture, photography or drawings - so if you don't fancy the prestigious museums, then you can always check out the independent galleries that tend to gravitate towards Shoreditch and South London. There's also London's dynamic street art scene, with the best found in the East End.
Image courtesy of @Doug88888 - London - Piccadilly Circus - London - copyright
Czech culture spills out from every corner of Prague. The city is famed for its beautiful architecture and booming art scene and the historic city centre is now named a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it's certainly a special place. Prague's architectual and museum offerings are vast and varied, and it's also a centre of theatre and film. One of the biggest new arrivals is the Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, which is home to 30,000 square feet of exhibition space. This multifunctional space is now used to present international and Czech art, architecture and design and is located in Prague's Holesovice district, in a renovated complex of industrial buildings from the 19th century. Very arty.
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Vienna has gained widespread popularity as one of the major art capitals of Europe. It boasts a heavy mix of Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, creating the perfect base for art enthusiasts. There's also a wealth of museums and art galleries just waiting to be explored - the Museum of Applied Arts holds an impressive collection of glassware, china, furniture and textiles and the Austrian Gallery features a range of Baroque and Medieval art, alongside art from the 19th and 20th Century. Not only that, the city has now reinvented itself as a 21st century hub of contemporary design.
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