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Art Lovers’ Guides to the European creative hubs

See the world through a new lens, get inspired with a dose of art and culture.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton

As the tem­per­at­ure dips, so too does our desire to explore out­side the con­fines of our cozy homes, but really this is the time when we should seek cre­at­ive inspir­a­tion and aes­thet­ic insight in the museums and gal­ler­ies of our favor­ite cit­ies. We’re com­pil­ing a list of our most-loved cit­ies for artist­ic adven­tures and we hope you’ll tag along. 

Vienna

With imper­i­al grandeur and baroque scenes, Vienna is the cul­tur­al escape that deliv­ers almost as soon as you arrive. Explore the pala­tial palaces or plan your museum vis­its at one of the city’s fam­ous cof­fee­houses, but whatever you do, be sure to put Vienna on your buck­et list. An utterly immers­ive exper­i­ence for those seek­ing a whirl­wind romance with European art, music, lit­er­at­ure, and archi­tec­ture, Vienna is a cul­tur­al treas­ure trove. Each neigh­bor­hood with­in the city is unique with much to offer and we ourselves are named after the 7th dis­trict, Neubau. As the cre­at­ive hub of the city, Neubau is filled with gal­ler­ies, cafes, shops and oth­er cul­tur­al hot­spots that one can spend hours wan­der­ing through. Attract­ing a young­er, more urb­an pop­u­la­tion, we must recom­mend mak­ing a trip to one of the coolest pock­ets of the city, that we take great pride in call­ing our home and source of inspiration. 

While Neubau is the flour­ish­ing cen­ter for new art gal­ler­ies and exhib­i­tions, we also recom­mend you check out Kun­sthalle Wien. The cur­rent exhib­it by Andreas For­gasi, Nine Build­ings, Stipped is the curi­ous explor­a­tion by the artist on the ever-chan­ging Aus­tri­an cap­it­al. While the chan­ging face of cit­ies, has been a fas­cin­at­ing sub­ject for many artists, Fogarasi’s take on this mat­ter is refresh­ing. Through appro­pri­at­ing frag­ments of recently demol­ished build­ings as well as the ones that replace them, he cre­ated a sculp­tur­al doc­u­ment­a­tion that show­cases the rap­idly shift­ing facade of his home through a new per­spect­ive. We def­in­itely sug­gest mak­ing the trip. 

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Barcelona

A pho­to­gen­ic sea­side city with the cul­tur­al clout to rival the very best in the world, Bar­celona is the heart and soul of Spain. From ancient mas­ter­pieces to mod­ern showstop­pers and so much more, it’s easy to under­stand why there’s almost no such thing as a one-time vis­it­or to Bar­celona. As soon as you’ve arrived, you’re very likely to already be plan­ning your next vis­it. With jaw-drop­ping archi­tec­tur­al attrac­tions and mar­velous museums, this city over-deliv­ers when it comes to culture. 

As one of Europe’s biggest cul­tur­al hubs, there is no dearth of museums, exhib­i­tions and gal­ler­ies, but our recom­mend­a­tion is Knot­ting the Space, works by Aurèlia Muñoz (19262011). Best known for tex­tile research, this exhib­it is a col­lec­tion of Muñoz’s draw­ings, tapestries, tex­tile pieces as well as a look into the artists’ meth­ods and techniques. 

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Milan

Less touristy than Rome and admit­tedly far less beau­ti­ful than Florence, yet Mil­an man­ages to pack a punch when it comes to old-world romance and all-out charm. Packed with cul­tur­al gems and inspir­ing artist­ic sites, Mil­an is home to some of the most intriguing gal­ler­ies in Italy. From his­tor­ic must-sees to mod­ern mas­ter­pieces, a world of cre­at­ive rich­ness awaits art lov­ers in Milan. 

Our recom­mend­a­tion for Mil­an is not one of the more clas­sic­al museums (although that should not be giv­en a miss either), but instead, we sug­gest stop­ping by the Museo delle Cul­ture (MUDEC). Their exhib­it, Fam­ily, is a col­lec­tion of 60 pho­to­graphs selec­ted by the artist, Elli­ot Erwitt, him­self, and explores the intric­a­cies of famili­al rela­tion­ships, recre­at­ing our more tra­di­tion­al sense of the word.

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Berlin

Per­haps the more altern­at­ive of the lot, Ber­lin has been receiv­ing a lot of atten­tion lately, and rightly so. A com­bin­a­tion of its lib­er­al polit­ics, cre­at­ive free­dom and cheap rent has attrac­ted a lot of young, avant-garde tal­ent who con­trib­ute to the rest­less excite­ment that is palp­able in the city. 

When think­ing about the con­tri­bu­tion of Ger­man influ­ence on art and design, it is impossible to not dis­cuss Bauhaus. To com­mem­or­ate one hun­dred years of the move­ment, we recom­mend vis­it­ing the Ber­lin­is­che Gal­ler­ie for their detailed exhib­i­tion ori­gin­al bauhaus. The Gal­lery is present­ing fam­ous, famil­i­ar and for­got­ten Bauhaus ori­gin­als and recount­ing the his­tory behind the objects with spe­cial focus on four­teen key objects from which they devel­op four­teen case stud­ies tak­ing a look at the Bauhaus legacy. 

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Paris

No form­al intro­duc­tion is required. World-renowned for its awe-inspir­ing artist­ic attrac­tions, his­tor­ic sites and museums, and of course, joie de vivre, one does not simply vis­it Par­is, one falls in love with Par­is and begins a lifelong romance. Dis­cov­er a city where old-world glam­our meets con­tem­por­ary trail­blazers along with an unmis­tak­able style that mani­fests on almost every street corner. 

Musée Zadk­ine is giv­ing us a reas­on to take a walk through the forest in peak winter, an activ­ity we wouldn’t oth­er­wise recom­mend. Their new exhib­it, The Dream­er of the Forest, brings togeth­er nearly a hun­dred works from forty dif­fer­ent artists. It explores the human fas­cin­a­tion made of fear and enchant­ment that the forest arouses in the com­mon ima­gin­a­tion. With the rise of eco­lo­gic­al con­cerns, this exhib­i­tion is an inter­est­ing form of engage­ment with a press­ing mat­ter of our time.

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Brussels

Boldly tra­vers­ing the tightrope between his­tor­ic and hip with an unas­sum­ing air, Brus­sels is one of Europe’s most under­rated treas­ures. Expect art deco facades at one turn and con­tem­por­ary cool at the next and then you’ve got a pretty good pic­ture of this dynam­ic city that seems to be bloom­ing art from every street corner. If you’re look­ing for a dose of cre­at­ive inspir­a­tion, bet on Brus­sels and let your­self be sur­prised by the Bel­gi­um capital’s cul­tur­al cache. 

The con­tem­por­ary art scene in Brus­sels is thriv­ing, as evid­enced by the HIT exhib­it at KANAL- Centre Pomp­idou. HIT is a col­lab­or­a­tion between cur­at­or and artist Els Ver­mang and artist Claudia Rad­ules­cu con­sist­ing of music­al com­pos­i­tion IMPOS­TURE, and spa­tial install­a­tion MPSTR, described as a fusion of music, visu­al arts and pop culture. 

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London

What can be said about Lon­don that hasn’t already been said? Not much, and per­haps this is the appeal — every­one loves Lon­don and you can find love let­ters to the city in its cul­tur­al land­marks, lit­er­at­ure, and art. Steeped in his­tory and but with an ever­last­ing youth­ful eye on the future, Lon­don nev­er tires of its role as one of the world’s favour­ite cul­tur­al muses.

If you find your­self in Lon­don, it might be worth your while to take some time out to check the Design Museum. Their cur­rent exhib­it Mov­ing to Mars is an immers­ive exper­i­ence cre­at­ing an envir­on­ment that con­sists of about 200 objects includ­ing con­tri­bu­tions from NASA, the European Space Agency and SpaceX. Chal­len­ging us to think about the real­it­ies of daily life on mars as we strive towards the goal of zero waste and a clean energy powered altern­ate civilization. 

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03 Dec 2019 · neubau eyewear