Far-Flung Destinations: The Cultivist's 2023 Art Trips

14 Sep 2022

The Cultivist exists at the intersection of art and travel, so we have naturally prepared eventful trips across the globe to cities that epitomize art-led travel. Out of the six trips planned for 2023, we wanted to highlight three destinations: India, UAE and Barcelona. These trips will include stops at art fairs, biennials, historical and cultural sites, museums, private collections and other art-centred events. 

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, India. Photo: Arif Khan
Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, India. Photo: Arif Khan
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Nick Fewings
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Nick Fewings
Casa Batlló in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Theodor Vasile
Casa Batlló in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Theodor Vasile

India

Our India trip will revolve around Jaipur and Delhi, two cities renowned for their vibrant colours and glorious history.

Jaipur, India's first planned city, is home to ancient fortresses, broad streets, and expansive gardens. The pink buildings of Jaipur are a distinguishable feature, hence the nickname "Pink City."

Delhi, a city separated into a past and present entity, contains a contrasting blend of old and new buildings and cultures. As one of the worlds most populated cities, art is embedded in the culture of Delhi with murals, street art, and many of India's contemporary art spaces spread across the city.

Highlights of our India art trip include visits to palaces, ateliers of high-end traditional jewellery art, artists' studios, private collections and India Art Fair.

UAE

Emerging as a world-famous location, the UAE holds a high spot on many people's list of places to visit for the Burj Khalifa, Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, preserved desert and warm weather. We are going for these reasons and also for the significant art destinations the country has added recently.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi belongs to that category, boasting what has to be one of the world's most impressive roofs, became the Arabian Peninsula's largest museum after opening in 2017. The Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, a contemporary arts institution founded in 2018, and the Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) memorial, unveiled in 2016, are two more of their recent additions.

Finally, the Sharjah Biennial, started in 1993 and now on its 15th edition, has a bit more history than some of our other art-related stops. The 2023 Sharjah Biennial will span 16 venues across Sharjah and feature 150 artists from over 70 countries.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a European culture capital in need of no introduction. The coastal Catalan city in Northeast Spain is home to the Picasso museum, Fundació Joan Miro, and many important private collections of Spanish Art. The city's architectural accomplishments like La Sagrada Familia Basilica and Casa Batlló, both designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, stand equal to the copious collections of visual art.

With five visits to studios of contemporary artists, a drive to the Dali museum and a private tour of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, we have a packed itinerary of events to maximize our trip to Barcelona.


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-Words by Gideon Fortune