Throughout the year, we offer our members a wide range of art trips – from day and weekend excursions to comprehensive study tours. Our excursions always promise to be interesting and diversified, including visits to important art venues and featuring visits to local artists’ studios and private collections.
England: Country, City, Art September 2023
In late summer 2023, we explored England’s art scene in glorious summer weather. We started in Banksy’s Bristol with a visit to the established art center Spike Island and insights into the studio of sculptor Veronica Ryan. The personal tour of world-renowned documentary photographer Martin Parr through his foundation was a special highlight for us. We also strolled through the beautiful garden designed by Piet Oudolf on the large gallery grounds of Hauser & Wirth, through the Sydney Gardens in Somerset and Bath, and the Roche Court Sculpture Park in Salisbury. At the Holbourne and Victoria & Albert museums as well as the New Art Centre, our members were able to discover modern art collections and treasures of contemporary and modern art. We also gained insights into the world of the artist duo Gilbert and George, learned about Cromwell Place as an international exchange platform for artists and enjoyed the architecture of the Serpentine Gallery´s pavilion designed by Lina Ghotmeh. In London, we visited Yayoi Kusama’s enchanted INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS at the Tate Modern as well as the studio of Sir Frank Bowling, the 2022 Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize winner. A gallery tour of London rounded off this trip full of new impressions.
“Grüezi!”, we said in August 2023 during our five-day art trip to the Engadin. We used the trip to visit museums, galleries, collectors and artists and to be inspired by the uniqueness of the Swiss art and culture scene in the most beautiful landscapes. Not Vital opened its doors to us, as did the Tschudi, Urs Meile, Karsten Greve and Enzo Sperone galleries, the Muzeum Susch, the Stalla Madulain and the Segantini Museum. At the Hotel Castell, the Pension Aldier with the Giacometti Museum and especially at Hauser und Wirth in the Roth Bar, we combined culinary and art enjoyment in the most pleasant way. The personal encounters with Not Vital and Rolf Sachs left a lasting impression on us.
Lissabon – Cascais – Sintra – Porto - Braga. Art trip to Portugal May 2023
In spring 2023, Portugal greeted the members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst not only with sunshine, but also with a vibrant art and culture scene. The trip began in Lisbon with visits to the Museu nacional do Azulejo, the Jahn and Jahn Gallery and two artists’ studios. In Coimbra, we had the opportunity to see the great exhibition of Rui Chafes and Alberto Giacometti. A special highlight was the visit to the studio of Ai Weiwei with a personal tour by the artist. The Fundação de Serralves Foundation with its wonderful gardens, the Casa Sao Roque and the Mario Sequeira Gallery in Porto and Braga were a perfect conclusion to the trip.
Avignon, Arles und Marseille – Art trip to the South of France October 2022
Enchanté! The South of France welcomed the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst with open arms in the fall of 2022. On two five-day trips, our members toured the cities of Avignon, Barjac, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Nîmes, and Marseille, and were able to experience the region’s diverse art and cultural scene. From the renowned Collection Lambert, the Carré d’ Art in Nimes, the Museum LUMA and an exhibition in the historic Hotel Vernon in Arles, to the important landmarks of Marseille, the oldest city of France – there was a lot to see! In between guided tours through the cities, exciting special exhibitions and studio visits, we enjoyed the Mediterranean sun, dined, drank and laughed together.
The 59th. Venice Biennale 2022 May 2022
Under the title „The Milk of Dreams”, the 59th Venice Biennale, which was inititally postponed, could finally take place in 2022. Under the direction of Cecilia Alemani, the 2022 Biennale reflected on the massive upheavals of the last two years, embarked on a search for future possibilities of living together, and questioned the relationship between society, technology, the body, and nature. Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior, a familiar face from the Museum Ludwig, was appointed to curate the German pavilion, and invited Maria Eichhorn to contribute.
The members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst were, of course, present in present in Venice and were able to get to know the various international contributions and artistic positions during two art trips lasting several days in May and September of 2022. In addition to the Biennale visit to the Giardini and the Arsenale, the program also included guided tours of current exhibition highlights and collections as well as an architectural tour of Venice’s historic city centre.
Rome - from Antiquity to the Present September 2021
An intensive and comprehensive program between antiquity and the present awaited us on our trip to the Eternal City, with stops at the MAXXI Museum, city tours, gallery exhibitions and visits to Villa Massimo, Villa Borghese and Tivoli. Classics of antiquity and contemporary architecture were on the agenda, as was a visit to the studio of an artist and practising Franciscan priest, whose studio in the monastery above the archaeological zone offered us a very friendly welcome, an extraordinary enjoyment of art and a very special view of the Colosseum and the city.
Israel: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem November 2019
Israel’s multifaceted nature is also reflected in its unique art and cultural scene. On our trip, we will first visit the metropolis of Tel Aviv. The “white city” fascinates with its unique ensemble of modern architecture and its multicultural and young cultural scene. In addition to renowned museums that provide insights into the Israeli art landscape, we will visit selected galleries, project spaces and private collections. During our subsequent stay in Jerusalem, we will focus on the culturally and historically significant sites. Here, the unique cultural stratification of the holy city will become tangible. A detailed visit to Yad Vashem, the world’s most important Holocaust memorial, is also on our program. However, Jerusalem is not only a city steeped in history, tradition and religion, but is also modern and dynamic, especially outside the walls of the Old City.
The 58th Venice Biennale 2019 June 2019
On the occasion of the 58th Biennale, the lagoon city of Venice will once again be transformed into a center for contemporary art. Under the title “May You Live in Interesting Times”, reference will be made to current socio-political developments. Crises, uncertainty and an increasing loss of trust in politics, caused by the spread of “fake news” and “alternative” facts, characterize the political discourse. At the same time, however, people are also being asked to reflect on their own positions. Accordingly, the focus is on the approach to the artistic process and the social and political function of art. In the German pavilion, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, an installation and video artist, deals with topics such as identity and related socio-political aspects such as integration and values. In addition to in-depth visits to the Giardini and the Arsenale, the program includes selected exhibition and collection highlights in Venice.
Stockholm: Art and Landscape May 2019
Sweden’s capital inspires with an unmistakable mix of city flair and nature and is considered one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. In recent years, Stockholm has also developed into an exciting center for contemporary art. Renowned institutions such as the Moderna Museet and independent exhibition venues as well as a lively gallery and collector scene showcase a broad spectrum of contemporary art.
In addition to our exploration tours through the diverse art institutions, we also visited the picturesque old town and the gardens scattered throughout the city. The excursion to the archipelago gardens and an evening at the Royal Opera House were also special experiences.
Brooklyn and Harlem October 2018
In the fall, members of the “Junger Ankauf” and “HERE AND NOW” initiatives traveled to New York. Just how important the metropolis still is for current artistic developments is demonstrated in particular by the art scene in the Brooklyn and Harlem districts. Many young artists and galleries have set up their studios and exhibition spaces here, leaving a lasting mark on the neighborhoods. In order to discover and experience the continuously growing young art scene, the group visited artists’ studios and project spaces as well as young private collections accompanied by local experts. Exhibitions of contemporary art in established institutions, such as the MoMA, were also part of the dense and exciting itinerary.
Manifesta 12 in Palermo September 2018
Two art trips to Palermo took place in fall 2018 on the occasion of Manifesta 12. Under the title “The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence”, the focus was on an interdisciplinary examination of the city’s past and present and its different lifestyles. During the Biennale, contemporary art was presented in various locations such as theaters and palazzi in the historic old town. This linking of past and present is also intended to make a lasting contribution to the positive development of the city. Accordingly, we were able to experience both historic and contemporary Palermo on our extensive walks.
Our travel experience was rounded off with further discovery tours through historical buildings and gardens as well as encounters with local cultural actors.
Helsinki - eine Kunstreise in den hohen Norden June 2018
Helsinki in midsummer – that alone is worth a trip. The members of the Society for Modern Art explored the city’s diverse artistic landscape at a time when the sun only disappears behind the horizon for a brief moment late at night: a very special experience. The group visited institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Kisama, the Ateneum, the Kunsthalle Helsinki and the HAM Art Museum, which is impressive for its architecture alone – it was built in 1937 as a tennis hall. Special highlights also included a visit to the studio and home of designer Alvar Aalto, as well as a studio and private collections. The group experienced the city’s contemporary art scene on an extensive tour of galleries, where established galleries such as Forsblom and Anhava were represented alongside lesser-known protagonists and off-spaces such as SIC, Sorbus Galleria and the Exhibition Laboratory.
With its variety of renowned museums, exciting galleries and art spaces, Glasgow has long since established itself alongside London as an international hub for contemporary art. A large number of young and renowned artists live and work here. The members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst immersed themselves in the vibrant art metropolis and visited institutions such as the Transmission Gallery, the Tramway Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Arts CCA and the Gallery of Modern Art as well as many artists’ studios. In Edinburgh, the group was able to enjoy contemporary art against an impressive backdrop. The beautiful city with its medieval buildings and green parks is interwoven with a fine network of exciting project spaces and renowned galleries. The program included a visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Fruitmarket Gallery, a veritable institution within the contemporary art scene, the influential Platform Collective, founded in 1984, and the Embassy, a non-profit exhibition space founded in 2004. The discovery of the diverse art scene, including various studio visits, took us off the beaten tourist track.
Art Trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco January 2017
Like few other metropolitan areas in the western hemisphere, Los Angeles has developed an impressive dynamic in the field of contemporary art in recent years. Not only have new museums such as the Eli Broad Museum and a number of European galleries opened their branches; for many artists, L.A. is still a habitat for development and creativity. Los Angeles also made headlines a few years ago when the continued operation of museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was in question; due to the close support of private patrons and companies, the effects of the 2008 financial crisis were felt and highlighted the strong interdependence between the art world and the economy. We approached this exciting metropolis, which according to the latest figures has over 3 million inhabitants with large communities of Latino-Americans, for example, and is a city of contrasts, on a trip at the beginning of 2017. Our trip focused on newly opened museums such as the Eli Broad Museum as well as renowned flagships. Visits to well-known private collections were on the agenda, as were visits to selected artists’ studios and galleries. We were particularly pleased to see the exhibition “Morning: Chapter 30” by 2015 Wolfgang Hahn Award winner R.H. Quaytman at MOCA. After 5 intensive days in Los Angeles, we flew to San Francisco, where we spent 2 days; one of the reasons for this was the visit to the spectacular new additional building for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art by the Snøhetta office.
Contemporary Art, Gardens and a musical Highlight in the Tuskany May 2016
In Tuscany, art and nature merge into a single entity like in hardly any other landscape. Famous for its artistic heritage from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Tuscany is home to an equally extensive network of outstanding contemporary art venues. Beyond the classic routes, the members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst visited renowned private collections in impressive parks and artists’ gardens, modern sculptures in medieval towns and newly opened museums such as the Museo Novecento in Florence.
Trip to Texas: Art, Desert and Impressive Art Collections November 2015
In the second half of the 20th century, modern and contemporary art flourished in Texas. The study trip took the members of the Society for Modern Art from Houston via Marfa, a “Lourdes of Minimalism” in the middle of the desert, to Dallas. In addition to museums and impressive sculpture parks, our members visited extraordinary private collections.