Art in Europe


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Europe is renowned for its wide ranging museum offerings and 2016 is a bumper year. Whether you're potty about Picasso or simply want to combine a European break with visiting some of the best art exhibitions and galleries, here's our guide of where to go and where to stay


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Try to squeeze in a quick trip before the Anselm Kiefer retrospective exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris ends on the 18th April. If you're not able to get there in time then fear not, as The Museum of Modern Art will dedicate an extensive monograph exhibition to Albert Marquetthe this summer, some of which will not have been seen in France before. The Peninsula Paris with its own art touches is the place to stay for modern art lovers, where the bespoke hand-made Lasvit chandelier in the lobby reflects the tree-lined streets outside.
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Last year we saw the Spanish offering expanded with Pompidou; situated in the heart of Malaga you can't miss the large glass cube. The Malaga centre holds some 80 paintings and photographs including Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Rineke Dijkstra, Tony Oursler, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Chirico, Alberto Guacometti and Sophie Calle, among others. Stay on the beach in Marbella and get the best of both worlds, with time to relax after a day's exploration.
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The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona and the Picasso Museum are among those that open their doors to the public on the first Sunday of every month all year round, and others do the same every Sunday afternoon - and they're all complimentary.
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Experience the two faces of Berlin. This year a section of the Neue Nationalgalerie will relocate to the Hamburger Bahnhof while the Mies van der Rohe building undergoes renovations; Until 31st July, the station will display a collection of works from between 1933-1945 known as The Black Years. The city will also celebrate the 200th birthday of icon German artist Adolph Menzel with two separate exhibitions at the Markishches Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie. The Adlon Kempinski is the place to stay with its historic styling; you'd never know it was rebuilt after burning down after a party during the war.
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There has never been a better time to explore Madrid's museum on a city break. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is set to loan La Buenaventura by Georges de La Tour to the Prado until the 12th June. Madrid will also be hosting the first major retrospective, outside of Poland, of Andrzej Wroblewsk; his diverse collection of works gained recognition for his incredible interpretation of war and its aftermath. With a stay at the baroque palace of the Hotel Ritz, you'll be right in the heart of the action.
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Milan steals the show this year with an exceptional spring exhibition entitled L'Image Volée at Fondazione Prada. Curated by Thomas Demand, the collection will have you questioning the originality and authenticity of your favourite pieces as it explores the idea that all art is referential. The place to stay is the Park Hyatt Milan with its eye-catching interiors designed by Ed Tuttle and a resident masterpiece by Anish Kapoor, Untitled 2013.