TEXAS AND OTHER GREAT ART DESTINATIONS WORLDWIDE
AS OUR HOLIDAYS APPROACH, EITHER AT HOME OR AWAY, THANKS TO NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER OF TURON TRAVEL, WE CONTINUE OUR ARM-CHAIR TOUR OF OUTSTANDING ART COLLECTIONS IN OUR GREAT AMERICAN CITIES. THERE IS ALWAYS A DESTINATION AHEAD TO ANTICIPATE WITH PLEASURE.
I, FOR ONE, APPLAUD TEXAS FOR ITS COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS AND APPRECIATE THEIR UNIQUELY EXPANSIVE TEXAS HOSPITALITY AND SPIRIT . THEIR LEGENDARY ART-COLLECTING CULTURAL COMMUNITY SETS A HIGH STANDARD WITH SUCH GREAT ART PHILANTHROPISTS AS RAY NASHER, HOWARD AND CINDY RACHOFSKY AND THE ROSES. MY CLIENTS THERE ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC AND GENEROUS. ONE DALLAS-BASED COLLLECTOR, WHEN WE FIRST MET AND BARELY KNEW EACH OTHER, ORGANIZED A BREAKFAST IN MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE ME TO LIKE-MINDED COLLECTOR FRIENDS. HOW KIND WAS THAT!
NICHOLAS, THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING YOUR EXPERTISE ON ART DESTINATION TRAVEL TO THE LRFA BLOG. WHO ARE SOME OF THE GREAT COLLECTORS IN DALLAS WHOSE COLLECTIONS MIGHT BE ACCESSIBLE?
The Rachofsky House is the private home and contemporary art collection of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The house aims to offer a unique experience of great contemporary art and architecture, Richard Meier’s building, rotating interior installations inside and supporting outdoor sculptural works, most of which are site-specific.
The Collection consists of artwork by international artists working in the last century. The collection focuses on two general themes: work that explores the nature of sculpture and painting, with special emphasis on Minimalism and the Italian Arte Povera movement, and contemporary work that explores ideas about identity and the self. Of particular importance, the collection includes works by Italian artists Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giuseppe Penone, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The Rachofksy Collection has significant holdings that span stylistic and chronological periods by such artists as Janine Antoni, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Ryman, Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Tom Friedman, Kiki Smith, Mona Hatoum and Mark Grotjahn.
I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF VISITING THE HOME OF MARGUERITE AND ROBERT HOFFMAN A FEW YEARS AGO. IS THAT COLLECTION ACCESSIBLE OR IS MOST OF THE WORK NOW IN THE DALLAS MUSEUM?
These are relatively young collections, largely built over the last 10 to 15 years. Robert Hoffman, co-founder of National Lampoon who co-chaired the Coca-Cola Bottling Group, Southwest, for 25 years, began buying art in the late 1960s but he started collecting in earnest only after he married his wife, Marguerite, a former gallery director with a dual master’s degree in medieval and contemporary art. The entire collection sis promised to the Dallas Museum.
WHAT OTHER PRIVATE COLLECTIONS DO YOU VIEW AS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND MARVELOUS TO VISIT? HOW DOES ONE GO ABOUT ARRANGING A VISIT – CALL TURON TRAVEL I S THE OBVIOUS ANSWER. ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
The nice thing about many collectors is that they will consider opening their collections, in many instances including their personal residences. The thing to remember is that collectors like their privacy so I am not at liberty to answer this question.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE ART DESTINATIONS IS THE QUADRANGLE OF MUSEUMS IN FORT WORTH – THE BEAUTIFUL TADEO ANDO CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM AND LEGENDARY KIMBELL AND AMON CARTER.
AFTER A TOUR OF THE BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM, A STOP AT THE KIMBELL ART FOUNDATION IS A MUST. THE KIMBELL HAS SPENT MANY YEARS PLANNING A COMPANION BUILDING FOR ITS LANDMARK MUSEUM DESIGNED BY LOUIS KAHN. BECAUSE THE LOUIS KAHN BUILDING IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO 20th CENTURY ARCHITECTURE, ITS EXPANSION DESERVED THE UTMOST AESTHETIC CONSIDERATION. THE EXQUISITE NEW PAVILION BY RENZO PIANO IS A UNIQUE STRUCTURE IN ITSELF AND A SUPERB ARCHITECTURAL COMPLEMENT TO THE ORIGINAL.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR POINTS OF CALL FOR COLLECTORS AND MUSEUM AND GALLERY PERSONNEL VISITING AT THIS TIME
The Venice Biennale was very popular this year. It ran through November and its focus on ‘outsider Art’ had many people interested. Asia is a steady destination having reached a comfortable momentum. Europe is always a draw – Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum come to mind. The places coming up on the radar right now are Expo Chicago in its 2nd year and Art International Istanbul both in September, with Frieze and FIAC just around the corner.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ART, AND FIND YOURSELF ON BUSINESS OR PLEASURE IN A CITY WITHOUT MUCH ADVANCE NOTICE, HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE A TOUR THAT WOULD INCLUDE GALLERIES AND PERHAPS PRIVATE COLLECTIONS?
Gallerists are always happy to walk you through their spaces as long as they have appropriate advance notice. Many will do it on the spot if they are not busy. Access to private collections tends to be much more restricted and its best to see them in a well organized group setting.
WHERE DO YOU ANTICIPATE THE FUTURE OF ART ORIENTED HOLIDAY TRAVEL WILL FOCUS
I think the future for art oriented travel will be to have tours that include an art fair , Biennale or other major cultural event, with time for the visitor to acculturate in that locale. How often will you get the opportunity to take this type of holiday. The nice thing is that art if flourishing throughout the world, there are many interesting destinations which incorporate the traditional with the contemporary. India and the Middle East are areas in which the Arts is gaining patrons and exhibitions spaces. And there is so much of Asia that has not yet ‘opened’ their doors.
YOU MUST TRAVEL SO MUCH FOR THE ART FAIRS AND HOTEL AND TRAVEL CONVENTIONS. ARE THERE ANY ART DESTINATIONS THAT ARE ON YOUR WISH LIST?
I am finally going to see the Venice Biennale in a few days – something I have been looking forward to for years. I am also planning a personal trip to TEFAF in 2014. What I am quite curious to see is the collections that are being created in Dubai by the Royal Family. They have an annual budget of US$ 1 billion and I am sure this will be an impressive series of museums once completed.
ONE OF THE GREAT AND UNEXPECTED PLEASURES OF THE LRFA BLOG IS THAT I DISCOVER SO MANY UNIQUE AND INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND ASSOCIATES. WHEN NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER IS NOT ARRANGING UNIQUE TRIPS FOR HIS CLIENTS OR TRAVELING HIMSELF, HE IS CREATING A WONDERFUL BODY OF ARTWORK OF HIS OWN. NICHOLAS PARTICIPATED IN THE ART SOUTHAMPTON FAIR THIS SUMMMER- AS AN ARTIST/EXHIBITOR- NOT A TRAVEL AGENT SPECIALIZING IN ART FAIRS! TAKE A LOOK ! www.nccworks.com