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If the Beach Gets Too Boring: ArtMag’s Summer Tips
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If the Beach Gets Too Boring
ArtMag's Summer Tips

Urban gardens, historical country residences, mermaid parades, and the best dim sum in Taipei - read the ArtMag team's personal summer tips.

Sara Bernshausen, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

Off to South Tirol: Bolzano is a super nice little city. You can stay here at the Hotel Eberle, situated in the midst of vineyards. And there’s a show up by Pawel Althamer. Seventy of the figures made in the Deutsche Guggenheim can now be seen at the Museion.

Several of documenta’s highlights can be found in the Karlsaue, for instance the works of Omer Fast and Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. The best thing is to grab a bike and explore the wonderful park. Make sure you don’t miss the Hugenottenhaus with two magnificent works by Theaster Gates and Tino Sehgal.

Another great thing is to read Julian Barnes’s novel The Sense of an Ending while enjoying a cool glass of white wine at Lake Garda! Or just take a dip in the Liepnitzsee in Brandenburg.

Liz Christensen, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, New York

Recommendation for the summer: a trip along the East Coast, from Boston to Washington DC. Starting in August, the Deutsche Bank-sponsored Os Gemeos show will be up at the ICA in Boston. And of course the Brazilian Street Artists will also be making a big street painting/intervention in the city. You can sip a cold one on the museum’s open patio and watch lots of sailboat action on the Charles River—or walk back to the city on a paved walkway along the river’s edge to The Barking Crab. It’s always crowded, but the lobster is delicious!

In New York, of course, the show to go to is the Rineke Dijkstra exhibition at the Guggenheim. There’s art and design at Grey Area on Broadway, for instance beach towels by Peter Doig or Yoshitomo Nara. And the classic trip to Coney Island is still a lot of fun, especially with kids: freak shows, hot dogs at Nathan’s, the legendary Mermaid Parade.

The Barnes Collection with its countless Cézannes, Picassos, and Modiglianis has moved to a great new building in downtown Philadelphia. And the perfect contrast to the modernist classics is the Mütter Museum, where science, history, medicine and Madame Toussauds all come together. Just as wacky is the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Folk and Outsider Art meet monstrous kitsch—don’t forget this is the city of John Waters! The historic harbor section is currently being taken over by yuppies, but there are still a few pockets of old taverns and places where fresh Maryland crab cakes are on the menu.

In Washington DC, the Corcoran Gallery is celebrating Richard Diebenkorn with a magnificent retrospective, while John Cage’s New River water colors can be seen in the Phillips Collection. The National Women’s Art Museum offers an alternative version to official art history. The museum experience really impresses how women artists were seriously marginalized. And now, the NWAM is developing a contemporary collection and expanding their programming to notable living women artists.

Achim Drucks & Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, regarding arts, Berlin

Guerilla Gardening at its best: the Prinzessinengarten on an empty lot on Moritzplatz is a unique urban biotope: you can enjoy great vegetarian dishes beneath leafy trees, with ingredients grown on site, in the middle of Kreuzberg. And learn how to grow your own potatoes in a sack, entirely without a garden patch. Right across the street you can explore Modulorhaus, where creative people can find everything their hearts desire: material par excellence ranging from high-tech foils to Winsor & Newton ink.

From here you can take the M29 bus to Martin Gropius Bau, where there’s a fantastic Diane Arbus retrospective. Her intimate, disturbing portraits of nudists, middle-class families, eccentrics, and the famous made her into an icon for generations of photographers.

After traveling through time to New York of the sixties, you can explore the Berlin Wave scene and everyday life in the city on the front in Haus am Kleistpark: the black and white photographs of Hildegard Ochse are presented in a somewhat conventional way, but convey an authentic eighties feeling: for instance the portrait of Neubauten singer Blixa Bargeld when he was still young and beautiful, in the legendary Café Mitropa.

In the film Ticket of No Return, Ulrike Ottinger created a portrait of Berlin in 1979. Nina Hagen and Kippenberger were also part of it. Now, wonderful photos of the film set can be seen in the Verborgenes Museum in Charlottenburg—together with selected pictures from Ottinger’s entire career and her private collection, for instance of Gisèle Freund, Yva, and Herbert Tobias.

But you can work up quite an appetite after so much art. Each weekend when the weather is nice, Preußen Park turns into Thai Park: Thai families sell authentic and delicious dishes from their home country here. And you can even get a massage!

Britta Färber, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, Frankfurt

Time travel back to Art Nouveau: the buildings on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt are a true gesamtkunstwerk. The museum there, which among other shows over the past several years has put on sensational exhibitions of Nedko Solakov and Janet Cardiff, has now turned into a House Full Of Music. David Bowie’s legendary song Sound and Vision can be experienced here in a very direct way—in sound rooms and through projections and installations by 110 artists and musicians ranging from Duchamp and Beuys to Laurie Anderson, Anri Sala, and Heiner Goebbels, who has a sound work in an old water reservoir. Thanks to headphones and a carefully calibrated audio system, each visitor can sample his or her route through the show.

A bicycle tour through the Karlsaue is always wonderful—even without documenta, or at least that’s what my friend in Kassel says… The Baroque park with its huge trees and small lakes is indeed beautiful. And now you can make yourself comfortable in one of the hammocks by the brilliant Thai director and actor Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Listen to the sound of bells hidden in the bushes and trees under the watchful eyes of a huge comic spirit made of white plastic.

As everyone knows, it’s also beautiful in the Taunus. A special recommendation for fans of miniature golf is the course in Bad Homburg at Hirschgarten. Even on very hot days, it’s pleasantly cool here in the forest. The parcours is considered to be one of the most challenging in all of Germany. Real pros can be seen putting on the green. How to tell them apart from the rest: they mop the tracks clean before they begin. After that, it’s off to the nearby Forellengut Herzberger, a somewhat bizarre family business. Absurdly feathered ornamental chickens run around the place, and there’s also a pen for wild boar. Trout and boar can be ordered for dinner here—and in the summer, guests can dine outside too, of course. And when the rain falls again, you can still play miniature golf in Frankfurt, in the Zeilgalerie. This is where artists have designed a very special nine-hole course: the balls land in the monster’s gullet, fly over a fully set table, or into a half-pipe recruited for the purpose. Great!

Mary Findlay, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, London

The Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent opened only one year ago. Now, right in the middle of the “Garden of England,” as they call the region, they’re showing Tracey Emin. Great exhibition of work and wonderful views of the sea from the gallery. There is also a good restaurant/café there: a smart idea for a day trip out of London.

You need a ticket to the Olympics to visit the 115-meter-high ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor in the Olympic Park—London’s new answer to the Eiffel Tower! It’s like climbing around inside a Kapoor sculpture—but you can take the lift to the top for an amazing view and art experience.

Sabrina Fung, Art Consultant, Hong Kong

A stay at the Tadao Ando Oval House in Naoshima is an unforgettable experience. The quiet hotel with its minimalistic design is a rejuvenating experience. The Benesse House shows projects on how old and new, art and living can coexist and maintain such a good balance. Take a walk around the “art island” to discover the fantastic sculptures and installations there.

After a visit to I.T. Park Gallery in Taipei, a must stop is Wo Seng: this small shop sells delicious date with walnut cookies. Or a divine tea with dim sum at King Join, probably one of the few places in Asia that can make such high quality imperial dim sum.

In Nan Lian Garden, a spectacular landscape garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong, you can enjoy healthy, creative and delicious vegetarian meals at Chi Lin Vegetarian. On the weekend are concerts with traditional Chinese instruments. Highly recommended!

Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, London

As a curator for Deutsche Bank, it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between holiday and work destinations. I love art, so I spend my “holidays’” seeing just as much or even more than I do in a working day. For instance, every year I go to visit family down in Uzes in the South of France, an hour away from Arles, and always go to the Arles Photography Festival, which runs from the beginning of July to September 23. There are around fifty exhibitions of international photographers to see, and invariably there is something to excite one. It is also gives one a good excuse to enjoy one of Van Gogh’s stomping grounds. Indeed, some of the exhibitions are shown in the Old Hospital. Of course, the sad thing is there are no Van Gogh masterpieces anywhere to be seen, so one has to relax, enjoy the wine in the heat or in the starlit cafes, or walk the surrounding fields.

As my job entails looking at a wide range of work, when I have some spare time there is little that gives me more pleasure than making a pilgrimage to a single work of art. The sense of anticipation, the build-up in thinking about a single work, the concentrated experience and the opportunity to discuss one work afterwards is a good way to relax. My wife once sat next to the former British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, who described how he had as a student traveled on a donkey from Sansepolcro, Piero della Francesca’s birthplace, to the artist’s mother’s little village Monterchi up in the hills. Much of his day was spent on the back of this beast till he arrived in the little white chapel, of which one wall was filled with one of the very rare depictions of the pregnant madonna, the Madonna del Parto. Sadly, since I first saw it they have moved the picture into its own little museum within the protection of the hilltop village itself, but it is one of the great sights, a reduced vision of startling simplicity. Tarkovsky was inspired to use it in Nostalghia.

Bill Viola has made a film about Pontormo’s Visitation, another great pilgrimage from Florence. The flowing robes of Mary and Elizabeth, the soon-to-be mothers of Jesus and John the Baptist, come to life in Viola’s version, but the original is worth walking to. If you do not wish to spend the day walking from Florence, you can at least walk up the long hill from Poggio, but you can, of course, just cheat and park outside the Church of San Michele in Carmignano and walk inside and stare in wonder at one of the hedonist treats of Mannerism.

If in England on your way to a bucket and rain holiday in the West Country, stop off the M3 near Basingstoke and park your caravan outside the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere. Stanley Spencer is not Piero or Pontormo, but he has made one of the greatest early 20th-century British works of art for the chapel by resurrecting his own First World War experiences as an ambulance driver. For those addicted to the television series Downton Abbey, Highclere, really the home of the Herberts but also the setting for Downton Abbey, is just three miles down the road, so there is a detour off a detour...

Christina März, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, Frankfurt

Just back from bella Italia, our children want ice cream every day now, even in Frankfurt. But none is as good as the Gelateria Sharbé in Imperia, Ognelia. Those spending their holidays in Liguria should definitely sample their ice cream in the Via Giorgio des Geneys 7.

The Italian and French Riviera are not necessarily known for their sights. A few cultural treasures can be found here, though, amidst the culinary diversity. On the way to Menton or Monaco, a stopover in the Hanbury Garden is well worth it. Close to the border to France, it is Liguria’s most beautiful garden, but is almost completely forgotten. Right over the border is another highlight: on the coast of Roquebrune-Cap Martin, with another fantastic view of the sea, is the E 1027 House, designed by Eileen Gray in 1929.

Back again in Imperia, a visit to another recently opened house is to be recommended: the Villa Grock was the residence of the world-famous clown until 1959. People who crave something more urban and contemporary and don’t mind the two-hour drive should make their way to Turin, where the Thomas Schütte exhibition Frauen (Women) will be on view in the Castello di Rivoli through September 23.

Lucille Zacaria, Deutsche Bank, CC Art, London

The Holburne Museum in Bath is a jewel: a beautiful historical museum which last year was given a fantastic modern extension. The collection was founded by Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874) and includes over 4,000 works of applied and fine arts. They have thought very hard about how visitors experience the art, and it’s quite interactive and especially good for children.

This summer, the exhibition Portrait Sculpture can be seen, which shows antique busts and masterpieces of the 18th century in a dialogue with some of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century, including Giacometti, Brancusi, Marc Quinn, and Ron Mueck. Of course Bath itself is a fabulous town to visit, oozing with thousands of years of cultural history and obviously very famous for its Roman Baths!

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The press on Roman Ondák´s project for the Deutsche Guggenheim / The Press on the Premiere of Frieze New York
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