Get your ehic card renewal underway, pack up those bags and don the beret – it’s off to Paris we go! Not only is Paris known as a city of love, but it’s also one of the world’s hotspots for all things art. No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’ll always come across something memorable, whether it’s one of the 150+ museums enriching the city or the street artwork climbing every street corner you pass. Of course, art lovers will be drawn to the Louvre, but with the likes of Musee Rodin or L’Orangerie around too, you’ll need plenty of time to explore it all.
There’s no defined art district in Tokyo, but that’s part of the city’s charm. With galleries and museums dotted all over the city and while moving between each one can seek like a miles-long trek, it’s certainly worth the aching feet at the end of the day. With the Mori Art Museum, National Art Centre and the SCAI The Bathhouse offering a mix of different art styles, the best place for art is actually on the streets. From street performers to outfits worthy of the most prestigious of stages, there’s plenty to enjoy in Tokyo.
London is filled with galleries, museums and let’s not forget the world-famous West End. The National Gallery is a good place to start if you want to see a bit of everything, with works from the like of Vincent van Gogh and John Constable. From there, you can take a trip to the Tate Modern to gawk at some of the best modern art that the world has to offer, including pieces from Picasso and Andy Warhol. The Saatchi gallery is a must for anyone looking for something a little more controversial, or any walk around London’s streets will take you past plenty of incredible street art. Then, of course, it’s time to stop for a show in the West End. With global favourites like Les Miserables, The Lion King and Wicked on offer, it’s well worth investing in a ticket.
Fans of Renaissance art will find that Florence is practically heaven for the heart and mind. With works from Michelangelo, including the famed David sculpture, alongside offerings from Botticelli and Raphael, there’s plenty to see and enjoy. The city itself is pretty much a work of art, managing a perfect balance between modern and historical, so a simple walk through Florentine streets can feel like a trip through an art gallery. If you want a break from the Renaissance, the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina has a host of modern pieces to marvel.
Finally, we, of course, couldn’t forget Hollywood! From its world-renown movie industry to its rich theatre performances from new and established writers and actors, there’s no shortage of things to do, see and listen to here. Northern Hollywood, in particular, is, of course, a hotspot for arts, but taking a trip to Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk, the Gallery Of Amazing Things or even the well-kept secret that is Studio18 can give you an insight into the gallery side of Hollywood’s art centre.
Like we mentioned previously, every city has it’s art in some form, but the cities we’ve listed here are some of the biggest and best for arts of all kinds. Whether you’re a fan of art history and are likely to spend your time in national galleries, or you’re more of a theatre fan and can think of nothing better than seeing every show on the West End, now is as good of a time as any to get started in doing exactly that.