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Saturday, July 6, 2019

ARTTABLE TOURS | The "Low Countries" Art Experience

Start Date: 7/6/2019 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 7/14/2019 1:30 PM EDT

Location:
United States 

Organization Name: ArtTable

Contact:
Mary Beth Brown
Email: travel@arttable.org
Phone: 212-343-1735

"The Low Countries": The Netherlands
July 6
14, 2019

Join ArtTable on an unforgettable trip to the "Low Countries" (the Netherlands and Belgium) this summer. 2019 is the Year of Rembrandt. The Dutch Master died 350 years ago-- making it the perfect time to visit as there will be various amazing Dutch Master exhibitions on view. We juxtapose these visits with a ‘dive into’ the exciting contemporary art scenes from Amsterdam to Brussels with stops in Rotterdam and Utrecht. The group will meet renowned Dutch Designers and artists and visit stunning private collections. Architecture, music and great food will also be very much a part of the program. There is also the option to start the trip early for a 3-day bicycle tour along the flower fields and the Dutch countryside.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP INCLUDE: 

AMSTERDAM 
We ‘meet’ Rembrandt and his contemporaries at the Rijks Museum, the Rembrandt Huis and the Hermitage and we enjoy private tours of the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk. But we will also experience Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene and cultural life. We visit a splendid private collection and meet established and emerging Dutch artists. We explore the most beautiful parts of the canal-belt but also lesser known parts of town. We attend a concert at the glorious Concert Gebouw. And, of course, we will savor the best food in local favorites and hidden gems together with wonderful art world insiders. 


PALEIS HET LOO AND KRÖLLER MÜLLER SCULPTURE GARDEN AND MUSEUM 
Time for some royal splendor; the Netherlands is a monarchy after all. We will visit the beautiful Paleis het Loo and the royal gardens and enjoy lunch in the grand ballroom. Then we drive on to one of the largest and most exciting sculpture gardens of Europe with over 160 sculptures of iconic artists in a stunning natural setting; Kröller Müller. The museum there is also not to be missed as it houses the world’s second largest Van Gogh Collection (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), some fantastic Piet Mondriaans and many more outstanding works. Then we make our way back to Amsterdam for our last dinner in the capital. 

UTRECHT AND THE HAGUE 
Time for Dutch Design and architecture in the city of Utrecht. We will visit the studios of some of the Netherlands’ most renowned designers. And we will enjoy a private tour of the Rietveld Schröder House, one of the best examples of De Stijl architecture. 
After lunch in the oldest part of the Romanesque Utrecht we head towards The Hague. We stop at the impressive private contemporary museum Voorlinden. We include a visit to the gardens by Piet Oudolf who also did the landscape design for the Highline.  
We end our day with an Indonesian feast in The Hague’s best Indonesian restaurant. 


THE HAGUE 
Of course we visit the superb Maurits Huis where we will encounter the ‘Girl with the Pearl earring’, the ‘Goldfinch’ and the last self-portrait of Rembrandt amongst countless other masterpieces. Weather permitting we enjoy lunch at the beach. We will compare the live beach view with the one of the Panorama painting by Mesdag. We visit a great exhibit by the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf at the Gemeente Museum.  We end the day at an exquisite private collection. Dinner is in one of the great artist hotspots in nearby Rotterdam where we will spend the night. 

ROTTERDAM 
Rotterdam is the capital of modern architecture in the Netherlands. We will enjoy a tour of the highlights (like the stunning Martkhal) and hidden treasures. We visit the Rem Koolhaas designed Kunsthal and enjoy lunch at a wonderful gallery. We also visit a remarkable artist studio. 
Then it is time to board the high-speed train to Brussels where we will arrive in time for a lovely dinner on the square. 

BRUSSELS  
2019 is a Breughel year in Belgium as it is 450 year ago that the painter of the ‘common life’ in the 16th century died in Brussels.  Of course we will see his work but we will also experience the vibrant contemporary art scene of this European capital. And an expert leads us through the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture by the renowned Victor Horta. We will visit a stunning private collection. And as Brussels is also a culinary capital, we will enjoy dinner in one of its special gems. 

GHENT AND BRUGES 
We are now so close to a key work in art history, we simply have to see it. We go 30 minutes outside Brussels to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the brothers Van Eyk in the beautiful town of Ghent. And being in Ghent we are well on our way to the enchanting town of Bruges. We will enjoy our farewell lunch on the most beautiful square and a local historian will take us on a private ‘off-the-beaten-track’ tour. Then it is time to head back to Brussels where we will say our goodbyes.  

OPTIONAL ADD ON! 
Start the trip 3 days early with a Bicycle Tour 

Holland, is world renowned for being situated below sea level, for its flowers, its windmills and for its bicycles. We will combine the four by organizing a custom bicycle tour through the most stunning and colorful landscapes. We will also visit some great artists in their rural studios. We will spend the night in lovely luxury inns in historical towns where you will find your luggage at night. Holland is flat so the tour will not be too strenuous and there is an option for e-bikes as well. The tour ends in Amsterdam where you will have time to relax and get a massage, so you will be ready for the ArtTable Low Country Art Experience that starts the next day. 


TRIP DETAILS
Member price (double occupancy): $6,150 + $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $6,900
Member price (single occupancy) $6,550 + $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,300
Guest price (double occupancy) $6,150 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,250
Guest price (single occupancy) $6,550 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,650

TRIP:
8 nights, 9 days 

INCLUDED:
Accomodation at luxury hotels 
All meals and entry fees
Local transport by luxury coach and first class high -speed train

NOT INCLUDED:
-Trans-Atlantic flights  (Artigo will advise on preferred flights) 
-Airport transfers 
-Room incidentals
-Travel insurance (strongly recommended) 
-Alcohol 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE*
November 27, 2018 / 1st payment: $1,500 per person
January 29, 2018/ 2nd payment: $3,000
April 29 2019 /remaining trip balance (based on room type) 
June 1, 2019 / Contribution to ArtTable. This payment is the tax deductible contribution to Art Table: $750 or $1,100 depending on if Member or Guest. 

*Please note: ARTIGO will be collecting the payments for this trip.


CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Cancellations received in writing. 
First payment is non-refundable but is transferrable 

Between January 29 and April 29, 2019, there is a cancellation fee of $3,000 per traveler
After April 29, 2019:  no refunds will be made if the traveler cancels
Travel insurance protection is strongly recommended. 



ARTIGO TOURS
Caroline Sodenkamp, founder of Artigo, is a Dutch native and lives partly in Amsterdam. She is really looking forward to sharing her love for- and knowledge of the art world of The Low Countries. And she is excited to introduce fellow ArtTable members to her art world friends there.

Previous trips Artigo organized for ArtTable:
The Spain Art Experience, July 2018
The Documenta Art Experience, July 2017
Tefaf and the best of the Netherlands, February 2015


IMAGE CREDITS: 
Rijsksmuseum, Amsterdam. Photo credit: John Lewis Marshall