- 2018: BRAZIL: São Paulo, the 33rd São Paulo Biennial; the Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho; Belo Horizonte
- 2018: Spain | Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, and Santander
- 2018: Art Basel Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta Art Excursion
- 2017: Documenta 14 + Skulptur Projekte Münster
- 2017: Utah: Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels
- 2016: Mexico CIty and the Yucatán
- 2015: Maastricht
- 2014: Crystal Bridges and Kansas City, MO
- 2014: The Lightning Field/Santa Fe
- 2014: Marfa, TX
- 2012: Cuba
October 14 – 20, 2018
The first three and a half days of the trip were action-packed, including a private, guided tour of the São Paulo Biennial, guided tours of several museums, including , 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. The group was treated to , the city’s most vibrant and influential alternative space, devoted to supporting experimental and process-based art. They also got to enjoy a visit to the , 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.
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 33rd Biennial, was . 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.
From São Paulo we traveled north to Brumadinho, home of the Inhotim Institute, where we spent two days experiencing this remarkable site in its entirety.Lauded as a contemporary art world wonder (“an art-world Fitzcarraldo”), Inhotim is a privately owned, 5,000 acre sculpture park and world-class botanical
garden with dozens of art pavilions and site-specific installations. Some of the artists represented are Chris Burden, Lygia Pape, Cristina Iglesias, Cildo Meireles, Dan Graham, Doug Aitken, Doris Salcedo, Matthew Barney, Paul McCarthy, Olafur Eliasson and Yayoi Kusama, among others. Inhotim is considered a pilgrimage experience in the spirit of Marfa, Texas or Naoshima Island, Japan.
On our final day our group visited Pampulha, Oscar Niemeyer’s (1907-2012) urban compound in Belo Horizonte. Pampulha is considered to be one of Niemeyer’s masterpieces.
SPAIN: Barcelona, Burgos, Bilbao, Madrid, and Santander
June 23–July 1, 2018
Lead by Caroline Sodenkamp, ArtTable member and founder of the travel company ARTIGO, the group enjoyed early access and private tours of the Prado and the Reina Sofia museums, the unbeatable major art institutions of this cultural capital. They were also exposed to Madrid’s contemporary art scene and cultural life-- with visits to a splendid private collection as well as artist studios. They were treated to the best food in local favorites and hidden gems, and even an evening to watch an authentic Flamenco performance. From Madrid, they took the stunning drive to Bilbao-- stopping for lunch in the shade of the incredible cathedral of Burgos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The next stop on the trip was the charming town of Bilbao-- where they were introduced to the cultural landscape from the top of the Iberdola building. The following day, ArtTable was welcomed at the Guggenheim Bilbao by curator, Lucia Agirre. Bilbao provided an opportunity for the group to explore lesser-known treasures in the heart of Basque country, to meet key influencers in the local art scene, and to enjoy some of the best seafood this coastal town has to offer.
After Barcelona, they traveled to Santander to visit the new Centro Botin with artistic director, Benjamin Weil. The tour was followed by an intimate lunch in the museum's stunning new restaurant.
The last city on the tour was Barcelona-- where the group visited with some of the most prominent artists and stunning private collections. ArtTable was invited for private tours of the Miro and the Tapies Foundations and the Picasso Museum–to name a few. Of course, the architecture of Gaudi was also very much part of the program. One of the highlights of the trip was a private piano recital at the unbelievably beautiful Palau de la Musica. Of course, what would a trip to Barcelona be without an afternoon to enjoy tapas and cava on one of the great beaches? This trip to Spain was truly unforgettable!
A group of nine ArtTable members went on 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. They were
The trip began with a two-day Pearl River Delta excursion to visit top contemporary art institutions, galleries, artists and museums in this under-the-radar thriving region. On this two-day journey, they visited the Times Museum, Guangzhou Gallery, Art Space, Bonacon Gallery, Mirrored Gardens by Vitamin Creative Space, the Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Design Society, OCT Art & Design Gallery, OCAT Shenzhen, and Hive Center for Contemporary Art.
The group enjoyed a VIP preview of Art Basel Hong Kong and Vernissage and Art Central Preview as well as exclusive access to Duddell’s Private Arts
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 included: Private collection visit and dim sum, Gallery hosted private events and artist dinner, Wong Chuk Hang and Sheung Wan district walks, artist studio visits, Shatin & New Territories Village heritage tour, as well as visits with key influencers.
ArtTable TOURS | Documenta 14 + Skulptur Projekte Münster
July 1- 9, 2017
A group of ArtTable colleagues traveled to Europe earlier this month to experience one of the most important exhibitions of the summer: Documenta 14 , Learning from Athens, in both Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. While the trip was centered around this major exhibition that takes place once every five years -- it also included a few days in Berlin and a quick jaunt west to see Skulptur Projekte Münster.
The trip began with a splash into Berlin’s ever-evolving art scene; with private tours of Konig Gallery and Hamburger Bahnhof, a studio visit with Conceptual artist Gregor Hildebrandt, private tours of Sammlung Boros and Olbricht Wunderkammer, and a Jewish history tour with a local expert. They were introduced to artists participating in Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte at Berlin’s influential Wentrup Gallerie and met with collector Julia Stoschek and viewed her impressive collection of mostly time-based media art.
The journey continued in Kassel, where there was a full agenda to ensure they could take in all of the special behind-the-scenes tours of Documenta 14’s most important venues, including: the former underground train station ‘Kultur Bahnhof’; Documenta Halle; Fridericianum; Neue Galerie; Palais Belevue; Torwache; and the Hessisches Landesmuseum. The group also had to chance to meet Documenta curator Henrik Folkerts for a private walk through of the Neue Neue Galerie, the brutalist Neue Hauptpost that houses some of the most written about works of Documenta14. Another memorable highlight in Kassel was the opportunity to dine with the CEO of Documenta 14, Annette Kulenkampff.
The group made their way to Athens by way of Münster, Germany, to visit the fifth edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, the major sculpture exhibition that only takes place once every ten years in the cultural heart of North Rhine-Westphalia. Skulptur Projekte curator Britta Peters took the group on a private tour to experience the best Skulptur Projekte as on offer.
The trip concluded in Athens, where Documenta 14 was spread out over the most stunning venues in the mythical city, providing an incomparable juxtaposition between ancient Greece and the splendid contemporary art on view. They had access to behind the scenes tours of the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex, Athens School of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Music-- where the works are all loosely ‘music based’. Katerina Koskina, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, greeted the group before they toured the stunning museum that was entirely taken over by Documenta 14. The group had the opportunity to meet Greek collector Irene Panagopoulos and tour her home, they also had a private tour of the extensive and important art and furniture collection of renowned Greek art collector Dakis Joannou. And on the last day in Athens, the group hiked up Filopappou Hill, also appropriately called: The Hill of the Muses, to view some remarkable projects that work spectacularly with the ancient views.
More photos from the trip may be found here.
ArtTable TOURS | Utah: Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels
June 1- 4, 2017
Seventeen ArtTable members and friends had a very special four-day trip to Utah to experience two seminal earthworks: Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson and Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. They were joined by Chris Taylor, a scholar, architect, and educator with deep expertise in the field of land art. Chris is the Director of the "Land Arts of the American West" program at Texas Tech, where he takes a group of students into the field for two months each year, traveling 6,000 miles and camping among the sites.
The program began with dinner on a Thursday evening in Salt Lake City. On Friday, after a leisurely morning (with an optional visit to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and/or a walking tour of Temple Square, the three square blocks that anchor the city to its founding tenets) followed by lunch, the group headed by bus for the Great Salt Lake, stopping at various points of interest along the way, including the Golden Spike National Historic Site, where one of nineteenth-century America’s most important accomplishments occurred: the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Smithson was reportedly drawn to the site for the Spiral Jetty (built 1970) because of its proximity to the Golden Spike.
They arrived at the Spiral Jetty in the late afternoon, when the lake was at the perfect level for a full experience of the piece. They enjoyed the changes at the site in the shifting late-afternoon light, followed by a camp dinner cooked on the shore. At dusk, they watched Smithson’s film Spiral Jetty, at the Spiral Jetty.
The next morning they headed to the Sun Tunnels, again making stops at points of interest along the way. Completed in 1976, the four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. They are massive - nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a remote valley in the Great Basin Desert, west of the Bonneville Salt Flats. They group visited the Bonneville Speedway, one of America’s great landmarks, and the Tree of Utah, an 87-foot high sculpture by Swedish artist Karl Momen, who made it because he felt the salt flats were just too empty.
More photos are available here.
March 16-23, 2015
After two days in Amsterdam, members traveled by luxury van to Maastricht for TEFAF, stopping halfway to visit Eindhoven, the birthplace of Dutch Design. We received a special welcome at TEFAF and an exclusive tour before having free time to explore the booths with old masters and antiques as well as modern and contemporary works, jewelry, and design. We also toured the Roman city center of Maastricht, visited local artist Piet Hein Eeek, and met a collector in her historical house. Our home was a chateau in the glowing hills just outside Maastricht.
Next we traveled to Rotterdam, the architecture capital of the Netherlands, where we stayed in a spectacular new hotel designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Members took a walk along some of the most important examples of modern architecture of Rotterdam. We saw the notorious Markthal that opened late last year, also the 1980-ies Kubus-woningen and the White house, the first skyscraper of Rotterdam.
Another high point: The Mauritshuis in The Hague. "The Girl with the Pearl Earring", "The Goldfinch", and other treasures are finally back in their newly expanded home. We also visited Beelden aan zee, a unique sculpture museum in the sand dunes of Scheveningen. In the Hague we stayed in an iconic hotel in a former city palace.
A perfect ending to our fantastic trip: Marieke Sanders welcomed us to her home in the historical city center of Haarlem for a “walking lunch.” For over forty years, Pieter and Marieke Sanders have avidly collected work of emerging Dutch and international artists, many of whom have become today’s leading figures.
Next, the group visited the art spaces owned by Dick Belger and Evelyn Craft. Dick Belger is the current CEO of Belger Cartage Services, Inc., a heavy-hauling company that has been in KC since 1919, and grandson of the founder. He and his wife, Evelyn Craft, have a large collection of works by American artists from 1960 to the present, as well as contemporary American art, early 20th century decorative art, and 20th century chair design, which are on display in their offices, home, studios, and galleries. travelers were given a lively tour by Gallery Manager Mo Dickens. Their space provides studios for 30 local ceramic artists (Red Star Studios); a gallery space currently featuring works from Steven and William Ladd (artist/designers currently based in NYC); Lawrence Lithography Workshop, which has been run by master printer Mike Sims since 1978 and has worked with artists such as Akio Takamori of Seattle, Luis Jimenez, and Roger Shimomura; and their living space. This was truly a Kansas City gem.
The final stop of the day was the studio of artist Peregrine Honig. She recently came in second place on the TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. At 22, she was the youngest living artist to have work acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Honig is represented by Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, NM, and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, MO. The tour was followed with a group dinner at Grand Street Cafe.
On the second day in Kansas City, travelers visited the historic Thomas Hart Benton home and studio before heading to the Nelson-Atkins Museum. They were greeted there by ArtTable member and curator Catherine Futter, who gave a tour of the incredible permanent collection, including the South and Southeast Asian art collection, which is considered among the important collections in America. The group then met the curator of the new Plains Indians Exhibition, Gaylord Torrence, who gave our travelers a new perspective on the importance of this work. Travelers ate lunch in the beautiful Rozzelle Court before heading to Lewis and Sue Nermans' collection. Lewis and Sue Nerman welcomed our group warmly and showed us around their fabulous collection of contemporary art, which included Chuck Close, E.V. Day, Dan Flavin, Viola Frey, Yayoi Kusama, and many more.
Members took the journey to Walter De Maria's "The Lightning Field", commissioned and maintained by Dia Art Foundation, which is recognized internationally as one of the late-twentieth century's most significant works of art. "The Lightning Field" is a work of land art situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico, comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer. The poles -- two inches in diameter and averaging 20 feet and 7½ inches in height -- are spaced 220 feet apart and have solid pointed tips that define a horizontal plane. A sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed, "The Lightning Field" is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time. A full experience of "The Lightning Field" does not depend upon the occurrence of lightning, and visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the field, especially during sunset and sunrise. Members stayed overnight there in a restored homesteader’s log cabin with a back porch that faces "The Lightning Field" with the Sawtooth Mountain Range and the Allegres Mountains behind it.
ArtTable travelers also had the opportunity to attend the Santa Fe Opera in the northern New Mexico mountains to see Carmen. The Santa Fe Opera is one of America's premier summer opera festivals, with more than 85,000 attending each year from around the world.
Marfa gained recognition as an art world destination when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to this small West Texas town from New York City in the 1970s. Judd believed that the place in which a work of art is created is as crucial to the artwork's meaning as the piece itself, and found Marfa to be a perfect place to build his working lab and to permanently install his art. In 1979, with the help of Dia Art Foundation, Judd purchased 340 acres, previously an army base, and filled it with art. This became the Chinati Foundation, which opened to the public in 1986. Judd's mission was to preserve and present permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists with an emphasis on works of art linked to the surrounding landscape. Originally, Chinati was meant to exhibit the work of Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, and Dan Flavin. The collection has since been expanded to include 15 outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd, 100 aluminum works by Judd housed in two converted artillery sheds, 25 sculptures by John Chamberlain, an installation by Dan Flavin occupying six former army barracks, and works by Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. Each artist's work is installed in a separate building on the museum's grounds. Our group was greeted by the Executive Director of the Chinati Foundation, ArtTable member Jenny Moore.