PRIVATE COLLECTORS OPEN THEIR DOORS WORLDWIDE

by leslierankowfinearts

Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island, Newfoundland

ART SITES ABOUND NOW THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND JUST AS COLLECTORS HAVE BECOME MORE DIVERSE AND INTERNATIONAL IN SCOPE AND SIGNIFICANCE , SO HAVE THE VENUES TO VIEW EXCEPTIONAL WORKS OF ART IN EXTRAORDINARY PLACES. THE INTERNATIONAL ART TOURIST TRAVELS FARTHER AND FARTHER AFIELD TO EXPERIENCE NOT ONLY MUSEUM COLLECTIONS BUT ALSO LARGE SCALE PUBLIC WORKS OF TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ART, IMPRESSIVE SCULPTURE PARKS, SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS AND EVEN ENTIRE TOWNS AND ISLANDS  DEDICATED TO AVID  ART CONNOISSEURS.   COLLECTORS, DEALERS AND MUSEUM GROUPS HAPPILY TRAVEL OFF THE BEATEN PATH TO  DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD  AND AS THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND DEMANDS BECAME INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED, TURON TRAVEL HAS EXPANDED TO ACCOMMODATE THESE REQUESTS.   TURON IS THE DESIGNATED TRAVEL AGENCY FOR ART FAIRS AND THEIR EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN THIS EVER-EXPANDING ARENA SUPPORTS THEIR SKILL AND DEDICATION TO PROVIDING ART DESTINATIONS THAT ARE SOMETIMES EXCLUSIVE AND ALWAYS INTERESTING.

THANKS TO NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER,  THE OWNER OF TURON TRAVEL, WE WILL HAVE AN ARM-CHAIR TOUR OF  SOME OF THE ART DESIGNATIONS THAT HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR IN THE LAST DECADE.  IF I HAD ALL THE TIME AND MONEY IN THE WORLD, I’D HAPPILY SEE EACH AND EVERY ONE.

NICHOLAS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT. I RECENTLY READ ABOUT A COLLECTOR IN NEWFOUNDLAND WHO HAS CREATED AN “ART ISLAND” AND WAS FASCINATED. I GATHER THAT ZITA COBB, A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR IN THE TECH WORLD, NOW DEVOTES HER TIME TO A FOUNDATION SHE ESTABLISHED TO REVITALIZE HER NATIVE HOME, FOGO ISLAND, IN CANADA.

WHY IS THIS AN ART DESTINATION?  WHAT IS THE NATURE OF HER COLLECTION? WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE LOCAL CULTURE AND IN WHAT WAY, IS THIS VENUE UNIQUE AND WORTH VISITING?

Long  Studio, Fogo Island Newfoundland

Long Studio, Fogo Island
Newfoundland

Patrons such as Zita Cobb in Newfoundland, Canada, are creating arts destinations as a way to give artists an inspiring location and revitalizing old traditional communities.  A ‘win…win’ using art as the catalyst.   She began by creating a scholarship, but at a town hall meeting she was told that while her efforts were appreciated, she was encouraging people to leave the island rather than help build a place for them to stay. The comment prompted Ms. Cobb and her brothers to establish Shorefast Foundation and earmark their funding to revitalize the island by preserving the local culture and make it a geo-tourism destination.

ANOTHER PLACE I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO VISIT IS NAOSHIMA,  THE ART ISLAND IN  JAPAN  PLEASE  TELL US ABOUT THAT.

Yayoi Kusama  Benesse Island. Naoshima

Yayoi Kusama
Benesse Island. Naoshima

Naoshima lies in the Seto Inland Sea,  a quick  twenty minute ferry crossing from Uno and forty-five  by train from Okayama. It is home to 3,600 people and seven significant galleries.  The finest is the Chichu Art Museum which owns five of Monet’s water lily paintings as well as innovate site-specific works by James Turrell and the land artist Walter de Maria. But the Benesse House runs a very  close “second”  with marvelous examples by Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Bruce Nauman, Richard Long, Jasper Johns and Kan Yasuda.  Benesse House also offers a small ten room boutique hotel.

Both Chichu and Benesse were designed by the architect Tadao Ando, who is also the subject of a museum here. There are other museums devoted to the Korean artist Lee Ufan and, improbably, 007, though this is just the sort of island that feels as if it is in a Bond movie.  Art fairs have come to Naoshima and its adjacent islands as well. This year, the second edition of the Setouchi Triennale, featured more than 200 artists from 23 countries.

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IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, WE RETURN TO THE STATES TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER’S GREAT ART DESTINATIONS CLOSER TO HOME.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON ART-RELATED TRAVEL, NICHOLAS IS  BOTH EXPERT AND ENTHUSIASTIC, SO PLEASE ASK AWAY.

I WELCOME YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.