Artists have the freedom to conjure make-believe realms, unfettered by rules or science. Sometimes, they also have the ability to evoke real ones, making a scene feel more real than a photograph could ever achieve. They bring layers of love, grief, and excitement and go beyond the surface.
Being immersed in culture, surrounded by art and breathtaking landscapes is one of the best reasons to visit a country. If you are stuck on where to go on your next trip, here are our top picks for the best art destinations around the world that are still very under the radar.
1. Nagoya, Japan: Impressive art galleries
Nagoya is often overshadowed by Tokyo and Kyoto, but it boasts impressive art museums and galleries. The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts features an extensive collection of Japanese, Chinese, and Western art and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art showcases both Japanese and international contemporary art. While Nagoya might not be recognised for specific famous art pieces or artists as some other cities in Japan, it has contributed to the art world in a multitude of ways. The Aichi Triennale is one of the largest international art festivals in Japan held in and around Nagoya, hosting more than 90 artists from more than 30 different countries as well as featured concerts by renowned Japanese musical artists as Sakanaction.
The Aichi Triennale Art Festival
The city’s artistic contributions extend beyond individual works. Nagoya’s significance lies in its role as a cultural hub, nurturing artists, preserving traditional arts and crafts, and hosting exhibitions and events that showcase a diverse range of artistic expressions.
2. Mexico City: Murals of renowned artists
While Mexico City is gaining popularity as an art hub of the world, it is still at a midpoint where you don’t have overwhelming crowds and can enjoy museums just for yourself. Mexico City offers an abundance of artistic attractions. The city is known for its vibrant art, including the murals of renowned artists like Diego Riviera. The Frida Kahlo Museum, dedicated to the life and work of Frida Kahlo, and the museum Soumaya, which houses an extensive art collection, are all must-visit destinations for art enthusiasts.
Another beautiful spot for art lovers is the Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of Art). Housed in a majestic neoclassical building, the Museo Nacional de Arte features an extensive collection of Mexican art from the 16th to the 20th centuries. It showcases works by prominent artists like José María Velasco, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
The Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of Art)
The amazing aspect about Mexico City is that you don’t even need to buy a ticket for a museum. Simply walk down the magical streets of Roma and Condesa, known for their vibrant street art scene. Discover colourful murals, graffiti, and urban art that reflect the city’s cultural and social narratives. La Valentina and Pasaje Alencastre are the best spots for street art in Mexico City.
3. Basel, Switzerland: A vibrant art hub
We know Basel as the home of the most prestigious Art Basel fair, but did you know that the city itself is a vibrant hub for art?