Travel with ArtTableTOURS

ArtTableTOURS provide ArtTable members and guests with unique access to art world sites and attractions through domestic and international trips. Each trip accommodates anywhere between 6-20 travelers and is a unique opportunity to create strong bonds with colleagues from around the country while receiving an in-depth look at the art scene in hard-to-get-to places. Questions? Please contact Mary Beth Brown at

BRAZIL: São Paulo, the 33rd São Paulo Biennial; the Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho; Belo Horizonte

October 14 – 20, 2018


ArtTable's trip begins in São Paulo–Brazil’s largest city is home to some of the most important museums in South America, a wealth of modernist architecture, an energetic gallery scene, sophisticated collectors, and artists of international stature who are represented in the most important collections worldwide. The food is fantastic, and our accommodations will be 5-star, in the exclusive Jardins district in the heart of the city. 

The first three and a half days of the trip will be action-packed, including a private, guided tour of the São Paolo Biennial, followed by independent time there to explore; guided tours of several museums, including Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chauteaubriand (MASP), one of the most influential contemporary museums in South America. Designed by Brazilian-Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture, and inaugurated in 1968, the modernist design makes the museum an architectural attraction in its own right. The Pinacoteca Do Estado de São Paulo, the city’s oldest (1905) museum, emphasizing Brazilian art from the 19th century through today, and the Museu Afro-Brasil, where over 6,000 artworks comprise the museum’s collection, the largest to highlight the importance of African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity. There will be private visits to collector’s homes, galleries, and a special visit to PIVÔ Art & Research, the city’s most vibrant and influential alternative space, devoted to supporting experimental and process-based art. We will also visit the private home of Lina Bo Bardi, a glass house she designed in 1950 in what was then the remnant of the Mata Altantica, the original rainforest surrounding São Paulo; it is not open to the public (pictured above).                

The São Paulo Biennial is the second oldest biennial in the world (founded in 1951) and the most anticipated contemporary art event in Latin America. The 2018 Biennial, the 33rd, will be curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director and Chief Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. The curatorial concept of this Biennial is called “Affective Affinities.” As a way of questioning the predominant thematic model in contemporary curatorial projects, Pérez-Barreiro has invited seven artists from different backgrounds, generations, and practices, to each conceive a group show in which their work engages in dialogue with their peers. Distributing the decision making and focusing on the creative relationships between processes and artists, the collaborators are Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas and Wura-Natasha Ogunji. Pérez-Barreiro will also curate separate, solo exhibitions within the Biennial. The Biennial takes place in an architecturally important building, the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.



Art Basel Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta Art Excursion 

March 23–April 1, 2018
ArtTable is delighted to partner with Curagenda to offer our members an exclusive three-city VIP art trip coinciding with the sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. The Art Basel Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta Art Expedition will offer a nine-day journey, with seven days in Hong Kong, and a two-day Pearl River Delta excursion with Times Museum, a contemporary art museum that is interwoven in an 18 floor residential building-- an idea that was conceived by Rem Koolhaas. This experience will show you the best of Hong Kong during Art Basel art week, as well as introducing you to local heritage, culinary delights, and key influencers shaping the art scene in Hong Kong. During the week’s festivities, there will be plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow travelers and guests over breakfasts, brunches, dinners and art parties. Curagenda’s VIP package also includes exclusive access to a private art club partner in the center of Hong Kong. 


VIP preview of Art Basel Hong Kong and Vernissage and Art Central Preview
The 2018 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong features 248 premier galleries from 32 countries, with half of the participating galleries from Asia and Asia-Pacific. The show provides an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.

Exclusive access to Duddell’s Private Arts Club and Chef's Welcome DinnerArtTable members will attend a special exhibition opening for VIPs at Duddell’s (pictured right); which functions somewhere between a high-end contemporary Cantonese restaurant and a private member's club for art-oriented individuals. Located in the Shanghai Tang Mansion in Hong Kong’s Central district, Duddell's is an increasingly popular cultural and social destination. Our group will be welcomed by owner/collector Alan Lo and will also enjoy a dinner at the Michelin star highly acclaimed restaurant, with a special menu designed for ArtTable.

Curator-led tour of M+ Pavillion 
Hong Kong’s pioneering contemporary art museum,
 M+ Pavilion was opened in 2016 to serve as a platform to showcase the city’s growing modern art community. Inside the sleek reflective architecture are a host of thematic shows curated by M+. 

Para Site VIP brunch followed by an insider's tour with the curator / director
Para Site is 
Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art center and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. 
Private tours of the Liang Yi Museum and the Sun Museum
ArtTable members will be welcomed at the Liang Yi Museum (pictured right) by the director before being led on a tour highlighting the traditional arts at an institution located in the heart of historical Hong Kong. The tour at the Sun Museum offers a new look at how the art world in Hong Kong is enlivened by a diversity of cultures and how the local community is enlightened by a wealth of Chinese traditions. 
Asia Society Hong Kong private tour and lunch at AMMO
Situated within a green oasis, Asia Society Hong Kong is a heritage land-mark located in a former explosives magazine of the old Victoria barracks. Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty, the 1.3 hectares site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for the production and storage of explosives and ammunition. Through careful conservation, restoration and adaptive re-use, this heritage site was successfully trans-formed into a cultural, artistic, and intellectual hub in Hong Kong in 2012. The restaurant, AMMO, offers a cross-cultural blend menu comprised of Asian and Mediterranean dishes. 

Private visit to Videotage/VMAC
Videotage is a non-profit interdisciplinary artist collective, which focuses on the development of video and media art in Hong Kong. Founded in 1986, it currently serves the greater China region and runs an international artist residency program. The institution is housed inside a cattle depot and boasts the biggest video art collection in Hong Kong. ArtTable will be greeted by one of the Board members. 

Additional activities in Hong Kong include: 
  • Private collection visit and dim sum
  • Gallery hosted private events and artist dinner
  • Wong Chuk Hang and Sheung Wan district walks
  • Artist studio visit (artists to be announced)
  • Shatin & New Territories Village heritage tour
  • Daily cuisine selections that maximizes the Hong Kong gastronomic experience
  • Free day activities such as antique market shopping
  • Visits with key influencers
Guangzhou & Shenzhen Canton Art Excursion

A two-day Pearl River Delta excursion to visit top contemporary art institutions, galleries, artists and museums in this under-the-radar thriving region.

China’s Pearl River Delta region (PRD) is outpacing the rest of the country in terms of economic growth and innovation. Being overshadowed by its larger cousins shanghai and Beijing, the influx of international visitors during Art Basel Hong Kong has started to shine a spot-light across the river to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. On this two-day journey, we will visit:
  • Times Museum
  • Guangzhou Gallery
  • Art Space
  • Bonacon Gallery
  • Mirrored Gardens by Vitamin Creative Space
  • Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation
  • Design Society
  • OCT Art & Design Gallery
  • OCAT Shenzhen
  • Hive Center for Contemporary Art

This trip is being organized by Curagenda (founded by Helen Homan Wu, ArtTable member and contemporary art curator). Curagenda re-envisions the way art, travel and contemporary cultures meet in a bespoke experience. Its curated trips offers unique travel opportunities to experience art, culture and cities through the eyes of insiders and cultural luminaries. In 2013, Helen (a New York native, originally from Hong Kong) was involved in the launch of Art Basel in Hong Kong producing the inaugural cultural events and managing VIP events around the city. Prior to that she designed VIP itineraries and tours for guest visitors to Art Hong Kong art fair. She was recently selected as the top 100 creatives by Origins Magazine. 

SPAIN: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, and Santander
June 23–July 1, 2018

“I wanted the building to fly” architect Renzo Piano remarked about the Centro Botin, his stunning new museum, which opened on June 23 in Santander, Spain. A ‘must-visit’ for art- and architecture lovers alike. Of course, it will be part of the ArtTable Spain Art Experience 2018. During this ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour we will also explore the magnificent art scenes of the entirely different but equally enticing Spanish cities: Barcelona, Bilbao (to see the The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry), and Madrid. Architecture, music, and food culture are very much a part of the program as well. 
Madrid | Saturday, June 23–Monday, June 25
We will enjoy private tours of the Prado and the Reina Sofia museums, the unbeatable major art institutions of this cultural capital. But we will also experience Madrid’s contemporary art scene and cultural life. We will visit a splendid private collection and meet some great Spanish artists. An authentic Flamenco evening is also part of the program. And of course, we will savor the best food in local favorites and hidden gems. From Madrid, we will take a stunning drive to Bilbao and stop for lunch in the shade of the incredible cathedral of Burgos. 

Bilbao | Tuesday, June 26–Wednesday, June 27 
A curator-led tour and enough time on our own to explore the Guggenheim Bilbao is definitely a part of the program. We will explore lesser-known treasures in the heart of Basque country. We meet key influencers in the local art scene and enjoy the best seafood this coastal town has to offer. 

Santander | Thursday, June, 28
We will then take a short scenic drive through the Northern Spanish countryside to Santander. Here we of course visit the new Centro Botin and see for ourselves if Renzo Piano has achieved his goal: to make it seem as if the museum flies. Thursday evening we will hop on a short flight to the final leg of the trip: Barcelona. 

Barcelona | Thursday, June 28–Sunday, July 1On the last stop of the trip, we willvisit some of the most prominent artists and we have an invite to a stunning private collection. We will enjoy private tours of the Miro and the Tapies Foundations and the Picasso Museum–to name a few. Of course, the architecture of Gaudi is also very much part of the program. We visit a concert in the unbelievably beautiful Palau de la Musica. And we enjoy our ‘tapas’ and ‘cava’ with our toes in the sand of one of the great beaches.

Artigo Tours: Caroline Sodenkamp, founder Artigo Tours lives partly in Barcelona and is excited to share her love for- and knowledge of the Spanish art world with fellow ArtTable members.

Previous art tours Artigo organized for ArtTable: 
The Documenta Art Experience, July 2017 & TEFAF and the best of the Netherlands, Feb 2015



Learn more about previous trips here

Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1993-97, (photo: Emilio I. Panizo, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
North façade of Prado Museum (Madrid, Spain).
Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín arts centre spreads its wings in Santander. Photograph: Enrico Cano
The Centro Botín in Santander. Photo Enrico Cano, courtesy Centro Botín.
Joan Miró Collection, Barcelona, Spain 
Exterior of Gaudi, Barecelona 
Interior of La Familia Sacrada Gaudi, Barcelona