Who said you can’t be a beach bum and a culture vulture at the same time? The two do not have to be mutually exclusive — combining a day at the beach with a bit of gallery browsing or museum viewing is just the ticket for a mind well-nurtured this summer.
Conveniently located not far from my spot in the Hamptons, I’ve long been a fan of the Parrish Art Museum with its eye opening, modern exhibitions. Don’t miss the tormented showcase of work from Jackson Pollock, Alfonso Ossorio and Jean Dubuffet entitled Angels, Demons and Savages, on until the end of October.
The British seaside town of Margate used to be a favorite location for Londoners to escape the summer heat. Admittedly it has seen better days, but the arrival of the Turner Contemporary is attracting a new influx of artier visitors. Including works by artists such as Tacita Dean, Katie Pearson and Pablo Bronstien, the current exhibition on curiosity exposes humankind’s fascination with astronomy, animals and portraiture.
The Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Rio de Janeiro’s Niterói district looks more like a spaceship than an art museum, and that is partly what makes this Oscar Niemeyer masterpiece — with the best views of the cities coastline — an absolute must. Of course the art isn’t bad either, with rotating exhibits showcasing the best in Brazilian sculpture, painting and installation.
If you’re just being plain old chic on the French Riviera this summer, then be sure to pass through the Matisse Museum in Nice, located in a beautiful coral colored villa on the Cimiez hill with stunning views over the coast. And offering an equally stunning panorama over Barcelona the Fundació Joan Miró displays the artist most jovial and colorful works. Why is it that all these galleries have such gorgeous locations?