From Russia with love – Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, AGNSW

Oct 5th, 2018 | Dr Michael Adcock

This October sees the Art Gallery of New South Wales open their new exhibition to the public, Masters of modern art from the Hermitage. With some 65 major works arriving on our shores from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this is an extraordinary opportunity...

Modernism in Barcelona: Movers and Shakers

Sep 20th, 2018 | Dr Jeni Ryde

No other architectural style has influenced the face of Barcelona as much as that of Modernisme. Over 2000 buildings can be attributed to the style or contain elements of it in this city. Antoni Gaudí is the architect of the period most associated with Barcelona due to his innovative designs,...

How we avoid the crowds…in Venice

Sep 14th, 2018 | Robert Veel

There has been a lot written recently about the alarming numbers of tourists crowding into some of Europe’s most alluring historic cities, including Barcelona, Florence and Prague. Venice in particular has been singled out because of the scourge of large cruise ships. On a bad day, five or six cruise...

Larger than life – a visit to Gibbs Farm

Sep 12th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Academy Travel tour leader Robert Veel takes you on a virtual tour of one of the world’s great art sites. New Zealand entrepreneur Alan Gibbs has always thought big. After an early career in diplomacy and banking he made his first fortune in the 1980s in the nascent telecommunications sector,...

Los Dias de Muertos: The Days of the Dead

Sep 7th, 2018 | Chloe Sayer

All human societies find ways to remember their dead. In Mexico, during los días de muertos or 'days of the dead', the living honour the departed with lavish offerings in homes and cemeteries. This is not a sombre occasion, but a time of feasting and reunion. Market stalls sell sugar...

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