⁣6-8 September 2019


4 - 10 March

Contemporary art is such an integral part of New York's everyday life that you constantly run into it even if you deliberately bypass the endless number of local museums and galleries. Art celebrities from Olafur Eliasson to Ai Weiwei are more than happy to produce large-scale works to be incorporated in the urban landscape. Here, culture defines the life of entire communities and regions.

The highlight of our art tour to New York is the Armory Show, one of the most established contemporary art shows in the world. This year, the fair staged at two picturesque piers in the western part of Manhattan celebrates its 25th anniversary. Each year it turns into a "place of power" of the local and international art scene. The best openings and presentations are scheduled to coincide with the show. Don’t worry – we will go to all the major ones. You will also have a chance to visit artists' studios accompanied by contemporary art experts.

Remaining the one and only, the Armory Show is surrounded by a constellation of satellite art fairs. To save time, we will tell why you should go for one, and not necessarily visit the other. The Independent fair representing the entire spectrum of the up-to-day art scene and drawing interesting parallels is a definite must-see.

You might ask, what about the museum. Here’s the plan. There are plenty of noteworthy exhibitions scheduled for this spring, but we will focus on the most interesting ones. We will see an important group of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs at the Guggenheim Museum with its building being a masterpiece of architecture on its own. Another not-to-be-missed show is the first in the last 40 years retrospective of Lucio Fontana at the Met which is regularly setting new attendance records. 

To go to the gastro-capital of the world and miss its food diversity is a crime that we will not let you commit. Bu putting your trust in us, you will find what are the places with the best gourmet hot dogs are served (you will never find this place on your own) and the best cocktails in the world. Do you want to visit Woody Allen's favorite cafe or dine with the local business elite? Tell no more – we will go there. It will be tasty and interesting!

The motto of our New York art tour matches the Armory Show slogan that can be summed up in the following way: “Say no to dullness and routine!”

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