Small Group Art & Cultural Tours

Berlin & Barcelona – 2014

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Join Sue Gardiner for Berlin Art Week in 2014 followed by 5 nights in Barcelona discovering the best of “Modernisme” and the cities contemporary scene.

Spend a week in Berlin during berlin Art Week – visit the Art Fairs, Galleries and events during this highlight of Berlin’s arts calendar. Also take in the cities divided history and excellent museums.
For a little rest and relaxation after the hectic pace of Art Week we head to Barcelona to immerse ourselves in “Modernisme”. Discover Gaudi, Miro, Picasso (and possibly Dali) and of course the cities contemporary art district in this sun drenched, cultural corner of Spain.

For those that want to take the bull by the horns and optional 3 days in Madrid is offered as a chance to visit three of the world’s best art museums, the Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen – Bornemisza.

Day 1

Welcome to Berlin. Today is the official day of arrival.
Make the most of today to take in any galleries not in the itinerary below if you are already here.

Your accommodation is booked at the;
Radisson Blu Hotel
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 3
Berlin 10178
Germany

+49 30 238280

You have a King or Twin Business Room including breakfast booked.

We suggest meeting in the bar tonight to enjoy a drink to celebrate our arrival in Berlin.

Day 2

Please be ready to depart at 10.00am

This morning Sue heads off in advance to meet us at the KuLe building, home of several artists’ studios. It is a ten minute walk from the hotel, where we will tour the building, meet some locals and experience our first art work for the week. This is a performance of a work by Alicia Frankovich at the Kunsthaus KuLe. (Alicia will not be present unfortunately, her partner Alex will meet us and show us around and lead the performance.)

After time here we will break for lunch for an hour. Window shop along August Strasse, wander the old Jewish School for Girls, and the very cool Pauly Saal cafe. At 1.00pm we wander across Oranienburger and Freiderich Strasse to our next port of call at 1.30pm.

Sammlung Boros

The Boros Collection is a private collection of contemporary art. It contains groups of works by international artists dating from 1990 to the present. Different facets of the collection have been on public display since 2008 in a converted bunker, situated in Berlin-Mitte, with 3000 square metres of exhibition space spread over 80 rooms.

To finish our first full day we will take the U Bahn to the DAAD Gallerie near Checkpoint Charlie.
This is the gallery of the residence program Dane Mitchell has attended in the past, and Sriwhana Spong will be in the near future. Here we will meet Ariane Beyn, who will give us some insights into the DAAD residence program.

Evening Free

Day 3

Please be ready to depart at 10.15am.

This morning we will visit Judy Millar in her studio in Wedding. After our visit we will break for a bite at the small restaurant attached to the studio building.
After lunch we will head back toward the city to visit Hamburgher Bahnhof. Here we will meet Ruth Buchanan who has curated a small work as part of the ongoing programme.

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presides over a comprehensive collection of contemporary art, which it presents in a variety of exhibitions.

The museum’s name refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. It opened as the terminus of the railway line between Hamburg and Berlin in December 1846. The building’s late Neoclassical style was conceived by the architect and railway pioneer Friedrich Neuhaus. It set an architectural precedent for the subsequent designs of Berlin’s train stations through the second half of the 19th century. Today it is preserved as the city’s only train station remaining from that time.

We aim to depart back to be back at the hotel by 5pm.

This evening we are invited to the opening of Berlin Art Week at the Akademie der Kunste.

Please meet in the foyer at 6.45pm to depart to the opening by taxi.

Day 4

Please be ready to depart this morning:
Those walking 10.15am
Those taxi 10.50am to meet at Brandenburg Gate at 11am

For those that wish to walk we will wander down Under den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate via Bebelplatz. From here it is a short walk to the Memorial to the Jewish Holocaust and on to Potsdamer Platz and its modern architecture and sculptures including Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg and Nam Jun Paik.

After coffee, and a visit to the Daimler Collection we will break for lunch, giving those who want to explore a little more time, and for those who wish, a spot of shopping.

It is a short walk to the Neue National Galerie where we will spend the afternoon.

“The Gallery was opened in 1968 and is the last major construction completed by the luminary of modern architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The architect’s long-term preoccupation with creating fluid, open spaces culminated in the design of the glazed upper pavilion of the gallery. The architect died shortly after the building’s inauguration. With its steel roof and gracefully austere architectural vernacular, the Neue Nationalgalerie not only stands as an icon of modernism, but as testament to a visionary architect of the 20th century.”
Take lunch here while you visit.

We plan to depart by 5.30pm.

From here we will taxi back to Alexanderplatz and visit the Captain Petzel Gallery which has a Martin Kippenberger opening tonight. (B)

Day 5

We will start this morning with a visit to the Reichstag dome for those interested.
Please be ready to go at 8.45am. We will finish by 10.30 and return to the hotel. We suggest a morning tea before getting on the road again to our next stop.

At 11.30am we will wander from the hotel through the area around Hackescher Market to the KW Institute of Art and the ME Collection.
These two centres are right next door to each other, and offer a lot to see and the ME Collection boasts an excellent looking café.

At 3pm we will depart to visit artist Adam Avikinen at his studio at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. We will be back at the hotel by 5pm.

This evening those interested are invited to the home of Judy Millar for a barbeque.
We will depart the hotel at 6.30pm by taxi. Please be ready at 6.15pm.

Day 6

Please be ready to go at 10.30am.

It is a big day today, we start with a quick visit to two local dealer galleries before taking the U Bahn one stop to Art Berlin Contemporary.

We will spend a good part of the afternoon here as there is a lot to take in with approximately 100 galleries participating. We have an appointment at the booth of gallerists RaebervanStenglin (Dane Mitchell’s dealer) at 1.30pm

“Around 110 international galleries will be showing individual presentations of contemporary art. Within this presentation format the majority of the works on view will be new or enjoying their debut. abc will also be foregrounding time-based works, so the four days of the exhibition will be packed with a lively and engaging program including performances, musical contributions, artist’s talks and theater plays. Our Berlin galleries in Mitte and Kreuzberg will open their exhibitions on Wednesday (Sept 17) and the galleries in Charlottenburg and Schöneberg on Friday (Sept 19) night during abc. We are looking forward to seeing you in September!”

At 4.45pm we will leave the art fair, and head back to two galleries close by to catch their Art Week openings. Starting at the large Blain Southern before moving a few meters down the road to the Arndt Gallery.

The Directors of Blain|Southern are delighted to introduce us to the group exhibition SED TANTUM DIC VERBO (JUST SAY THE WORD), conceived and curated by the American writer and editor Glenn O’Brien. The exhibition examines the use of words in art and brings together artists from the 1960s to the present day who all have/had a strong relationship to the curator.

Curator Glenn O’Brien was the editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview. He is a longtime contributor to Artforum and served as editorial director of Art in America. He has written essays and monographs on many artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Freeman & Lowe, Mark Grotjahn, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Keith Sonnier, Dash Snow, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. In his early years he was a member of Andy Warhol’s Factory. He was the first editor of Interview from 1971 to 1974. After his departure, he continued to write for the magazine and returned as editor several times, with a nearly 20-year association with the title. In 1980-1981, he wrote the screenplay (which he also co-produced with Patrick Montgomery) for a film to be called New York Beat, starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. He edited Madonna’s book, Sex.

There are other Art Week Openings on tonight for those keen to take it all in including Katherina Grosse.

Day 7

Please be ready to depart by 9.55am

Our last day in Berlin we take in some more key highlights. Our first stop is the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle which opens today as part of Art Week. Here we will enjoy a tour of the exhibition as well as a private tour of the Deutsche Bank collection.

The Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002 is an immersive twelve-room installation, which questions the nature of the museum and challenges preconceptions of African art. The Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will present seven of these rooms. Meschac Gaba’s The Museum of Contemporary African Art is temporary and mutable, a conceptual space more than a physical one, a provocation to the Western art establishment not only to acknowledge contemporary African art but to ask why such cultural boundaries exist. It is also an incitement to other artists not to accept the status quo. As Gaba rationalises: ‘You don’t need four walls to define your place, to decide who you are.’

From here we will wander back toward the hotel and beyond to find three dealer galleries and a spot of lunch before finishing our time in Berlin at the Sammlung Hoffman, a fantastic collection a short walk from the hotel.

Tonight farewell Berlin with a well-earned goodbye drink.

Day 8

Please be checked out and ready to depart by 7am.
It is an early start this morning for our flight to Madrid and three nights at a slower pace.
On arrival transfer to our hotel for the next 3 nights in the old town near Plaza Santa Ana.
Hotel Catalonia Cortes
Calle del Prado, 6
Madrid

The afternoon is at leisure, or feel free to visit the last afternoon of the SUMMA / Madrid Art Fair

Day 9 – 10

Treat Madrid as a little slower paced break. We will travel more informally here.
We have three main galleries to visit in Madrid, the Prado, the Reina Sofia (showing Richard Hamilton) and the Thyssen Bornemisza. For those who want a more down at heel experience, a visit to the Monasterio de Las Descalzas Reales, ( Monastry of the barefoot royals) and its chapels of paintings, comes with a guided tour (Spanish or English is no matter – you will get the idea).
For those who may want to visit a little further afield Toledo is an hour on the train.

There are also several dealer galleries to visit on Tuesday afternoon.

Day 11

Please be checked out and ready to depart by 8.30am

Check out and transfer to the Atocha Station for our 10.30am train to Barcelona. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel for the next five nights. This afternoon we will visit Gaudi’s La Pedrera, near the hotel.

Hotel Gallery
Carrer del Rosselló, 249
Barcelona

To celebrate our arrival in Barcelona visit the biggest festival in the city. Today the locals celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of autumn with parades and fireworks.

Day 12

Please be ready to depart at 9.30am

This morning we board a bus for the journey to the top of Montjuc, past Santiago Calatrava’s Olmypic Tower, to the Miro Foundation. Spend time here before winding your way down the hillside to visit the German Pavillion by Mies Van Der Rohe from the 1929 World Fair. Nearby is also the Caixa Forum which is architecturally interesting.

From here we will board the bus again to journey down to the waterfront past some more recent architecture, and take a lunch break near the Frank Gehry sculpture. After lunch we head back to the area of our hotel, but not before visiting the studio of Julia Mariscal.

We end the day at Edicions Poligrafica not far from our hotel.

Day 13

Please be ready to go at 9.15am this morning.

To get in the swing of things this morning we will visit another of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau wonders – the Palau Musica. We will then take a walking tour from there through the Gothic Quarter before breaking for lunch at a nearby market. After lunch we will make our way to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, where we will spend the rest of the day. (Nearby is also the Centre for Contemporary Culture)

Day 14

Today you may wish to shop, relax, unwind or visit some of Barcelona’s many markets, museums and sights, or take the train up to Figueres to see Dali’s Museum Theatre.

Day 15

This morning we will bus up to Parc Guell to meet Sue’s friend Brian, and see the park from a local angle. Brian will take us to one of his favourite nearby local cafes for lunch.
After lunch we’ll take a five-minute stroll downhill to a former quarry, now a park, which houses an immense work by Spain’s most famous contemporary sculptor, Chillida. There are fine views of the city from the top of the quarry ridge (a five-minute walk up) for those who are game. Following that, we’ll take a bus down to the Gràcia district (once a village, now swallowed up by Barcelona) with its lively squares, and small independent shops and bars. From the lower end of Gràcia it’s a 10-minute walk down to our hotel.

Day 16

Addon: Please be checked out and be ready to depart a 7.55am

This morning check out and head to the airport for your onward flight to Bilbao.
On arrival transfer to your hotel for the next two nights, a guide will meet you at the airport and provide an orientation tour enroute to the hotel.

Hotel Miro
Alameda Mazarredo, 77
Bilbao

Today wander or we recommend visit the Fine Arts Museum and other architectural sights nearby.

Day 17

Please be ready to depart at 10.00am.

This is your chance to visit the Guggenheim Bilbao – one of the architectural wonders of the world and say goodbye to Spain.
Surrounded by attractive avenues and squares, the Museum is located in a newly developed area of the city, leaving its industrial past behind. The Museum plaza and main entrance lie in a direct line with Calle Iparragirre—one of the main streets running diagonally through Bilbao—, extending the city center right up the Museum’s door. Once in the plaza, visitors access the Hall by making their way down a broad stairway, an unusual feature that successfully overcomes the height difference between the areas alongside the Nervión River, where the Museum stands, and the higher city level. This way, Gehry created a spectacular structure without it rising above the height of adjacent buildings. The highest part of the Museum is crowned by a large skylight in the shape of a metal flower covering the Atrium, one of the building’s most characteristic features.
It is possible to walk all the way around the Museum, admiring different configurations from each perspective and also a number of artworks installed outside by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, or Fujiko Nakaya. The Museum site is crossed at one end by La Salve Bridge that, since 2007, supports the sculpture commissioned from Daniel Buren entitled Arcos rojos / Arku Gorriak. Stretching under the bridge, gallery 104—an enormous, column-free space that houses Richard Serra’s installation The Matter of Time—ends in a tower, a sculpture gesture that brings the architectural design to a crescendo that appears to envelop the colossal bridge and effectively incorporates it into the building.

Suggested inclusions:
• Accommodation in Berlin and Barcelona in 4 star or 5 star hotels
• 7 nights in Berlin
• Berlin Art Week including entry to art fairs and venues
• 5 nights in Barcelona
• All gallery entries as per the final itinerary
• An introductory walking tour in Berlin and of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
• Bus transport and transfers as required and mentioned in the final itinerary
• Berlin transport may be on the S-Bahn or U-Bahn as required
• Services of Sue Gardiner as your Art Guide
• A tour manager
• Airfare from Berlin to Barcelona
Not included:
• International airfares
• Meals included as per the final itinerary

VERY VERY SUGGESTED COST:
Twinshare – not including flights: $8899 (excl. Madrid add on)
Single Share – not including flights $11249 (excl. Madrid add on)