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.


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