ART DESTINATIONS – TURON TRAVEL GIVES US AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

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Nicholas Christopher
TURON TRAVEL
ART DESTINATIONS HAVE BECOME A WIDELY POPULAR WAY TO EXPLORE NEW AND OFTEN REMOTE CLIMES IN THE INTENSE  PURSUIT OF SEEING AND UNDERSTANDING  THE PULSE OF BOTH TRADITIONAL,  MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART.  AS ART ENTHUSIASTS STRETCH ACROSS THE GLOBE AND TRAVEL TO EVER MORE EXOTIC AND FAR-REACHING PLACES TO ATTEND FAIRS, THESE ART DESTINATIONS ENRICH THEIR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AND SATISFY THEIR PASSION TO SEE EXTRAORDINARY WORKS LOCATED IN  MUSEUMS, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND  OUTDOOR SETTINGS WORLDWIDE.
LAST YEAR IN A LRFA BLOG, TURON TRAVEL’S OWNER AND SPOKESMAN, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, GENEROUSLY PROVIDED THE INSIDE SCOOP ON ALL OF THE ART FAIRS  AROUND THE GLOBE THAT POPULATE OUR CALENDARS. I AM DELIGHTED THAT NOW NICHOLAS  HAS AGREED TO TAKE THE TIME TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE BREADTH AND SCOPE OF EXCITING ART DESTINATIONS WITH US. TURON  TRAVEL IS THE GO-TO AGENCY FOR ALL THE  INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS AND SPECIAL ART EVENTS   THAT NOW ATTRACT MASSES OF COLLECTORS, SPECIALISTS, GALLERISTS AND MUSEUM GROUPS. THE CUMULATIVE BUYER POWER THAT A FOCUSED TRAVEL AGENCY  CAN PROVIDE BENEFITS THE ART VENUES, EXHIBITORS AND THE PATRONS OF THE EVENT AS WELL AS TURON’S ROSTER OF CLIENTS REPRESENTATIVE OF EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF THE ART WORLD.

NICHOLAS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE LRFA BLOG AGAIN. YOUR BLOG ON ART FAIRS, THEIR INCREASING POPULARITY AS A PRIMARY SOURCE OF REACHING COLLECTORS, MUSEUM STAFF AND GROUPS WAS SO INFORMATIVE AND WELL-RECEIVED. ALONG WITH THE EMERGENCE OF AN EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF ART FAIRS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, COLLECTORS, DEALERS AND ARTISTS ARE ALL BECOMING INCREASINGLY DEMANDING IN THEIR EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT THEY HOPE TO SEE WHEN THEY ARE VISITING OTHER COUNTRIES AND CITIES.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PRIVATE TOURS AND PRIVATE VIEWS THAT YOU HAVE ORGANIZED FOR THE TURON CLIENT?

We recently created a tour with Art Stage Singapore for a special collector group viewing private collections throughout Indonesia.  The group was small and very discrete.

ARE THERE A GREAT MANY PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN INDONESIA?

There are a handful of collections – all owned by local Entrepreneurs and Industrialists.

WHEN WERE THEY FORMED  –  RECENTLY OR SOME TIME AGO?

They are relatively new – within the last decade or so.

ARE THEY PREDOMINANTLY NATIONALIST IN CONTENT (INDONESIAN ARTIFACTS AND CONTEMPORARY ART) OR INTERNATIONAL (COLLECTIONS OF MAJOR MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MASTERS)?

The content tends to be local to the region – not quite Nationalistic per se – but focusing on the growing popularity of  artists in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, etc.

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IN EUROPE, MAASTRICHT IS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY REGARDED FAIRS IN THE WORLD, AN INCOMPARABLE EXPOSITION OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY ANTIQUES, ART RANGING FROM OLD MASTER TO CONTEMPORARY, AND DESIGN.  THERE HAS, IN RECENT YEARS, BEEN A MUCH STRONGER SHOWING BY MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES IN THIS FAVORED VENUE.  HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR ITS QUALITY AND POPULARITY?

TEFAF is now in its 19th year.  They started on a Classic footing but are now expanding to incorporate the tastes and trends of the younger collectors entering the art ‘arena’. Because of the physical size of Maastricht I think TEFAF is one of those destinations which incorporates some very special collections which are quite private.  It is very difficult to get accommodations in this city and programs have to be organized at least 1 year in advance.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN MAASTRICHT?

DO THEY CREATE A HISTORICAL ARCH FROM OLD MASTER TO CONTEMPORARY OR ARE THEY, FOR THE MOST PART, MORE TRADITIONAL IN NATURE?  HOW DO YOU ACCOUNT FOR BELGIUM BEING SUCH A STRONGHOLD OF GREAT ANTIQUES AND ART?

Masstricht was a major city of commerce during the Middle Ages.  The area is literally covered with castles filled with very special period antiques.  As time went on the collections added the works of the old masters.  Many of these private collections are ‘treasure troves., that is why they are very private.  As these collections and their owners have progressed during the ages so have their collections and they certainly the finer aspects of the Contemporary.

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THERE ARE CERTAINLY GREAT COLLECTIONS IN ACCESSIBLE VENUES AS WELL. MIAMI AND DALLAS ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE CITIES AS “ART DESTINATIONS”.

IN THE NEXT BLOG, NICHOLAS WILL DETAIL SOME OF THE U.S. CITIES THAT ARE TREASURE TROVES OF CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN COLLECTING. THE PHILANTHROPY AND GENEROSITY OF THE AMERICAN PATRON IS LEGENDARY AND THESE HOMES ARE OFTEN ACCESSIBLE, CERTAINLY WITH THE HELP OF TURON TRAVEL, TO THOSE WHO SHARE THE COLLECTORS’ PASSION FOR IMPECCABLE ART AND INTELLIGENT CURATORIAL PERSPECTIVE.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE EVER EXPANDING  BASEL ART FAIR, SATELLITE FAIRS, CONFERENCES AND OPENINGS TAKING PLACE IN MIAMI DURING THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 2nd, WE WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE MANY EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE SPACES THAT GENEROUSLY OPEN THEIR DOOR TO THE COLLECTORS, MUSEUM CURATORS AND GALLERY AND AUCTION SPECIALISTS WHO DESCEND ON THE CITY.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ART-RELATED TRAVEL, WE HAVE THE BEST EXPERT, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, ON HAND TO ANSWER THEM.