The world's most spectacular art destinations

The world's most spectacular art destinations

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Text: Yimin Huang

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Image: Getty Images

From a serene Japanese island to a gritty Nazi-era bunker in Berlin, these unexpected locations house extraordinary collections worthy of the journey for die-hard art seekers

Naoshima, Japan


Since the 1980s, Naoshima has been home to a plethora of site-specific installations by some of the greatest modern and contemporary artists, courtesy of Soichiro Fukutake and his Benesse Corporation. With breathtaking horizons where the blue sky meets the resplendent Seto Inland Sea, explore Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando's concrete masterpieces: the Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House. Their Brutalist winding passages lead to intimate zen gardens and grand sculptures by the likes of Walter De Maria and James Turrell.

Sifang Art Museum and Park, China


Situated on a mountain in the outskirts of the ancient Chinese capital of Nanjing, this sprawling 115-acre site boasts the work of world-renowned architects including David Adjaye and Steve Holl as well as art provocateurs Ai Wei Wei and Olafur Eliasson. Conceived and commissioned by businessman Lu Jun and his son Lu Xun, each of the architects were given the opportunity to design one of the 20 buildings within the landscape, free from any creative and financial constraints. The $164-million development also features the Sifang Art Museum and its many outdoor installations as well as a luxury low-rise residential complex for the well-moneyed art devotee.

No.9 Zhenqi Road Pukou District Nanjing Jiangsu P.R.China

Inhotim, Brazil


Inhotim covers an expansive 140 acres of lush greenery designed by famous Brazilian landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. To curate its outdoor art and temporary exhibitions, the institute draws from the growing contemporary art collection  which now consists of more than 700 works by over 200 international artists  of its founder, mining tycoon Bernardo Paz. Alongside its cultural endeavours, its blossoming botanic gardens contain about 5,000 rare species of fauna, many of them threatened with extinction due to deforestation.

Rua B, 20 Fazenda Inhotim, Brumadinho - MG, 35460-000, Brazil

Gibbs Farm, New Zealand

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An hour's drive north of Auckland, property owner Alan Gibbs and architect Noel Lane have been quietly commissioning, building and amassing monumental site-specific installations by major artists. After nearly 2o years, the Gibbs Collection currently includes sizable works by Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra and Sol LeWitt. Many of the pieces are engineering feats as well: Serra's 257-metre steel wall Te Tuhirangi Contour was made using 56 computer-designed plates shipped from Germany. Leaning out by 11 degrees from the slope of the land, the dark ribbon glides effortlessly across the rolling plains.

0984, 2421 Kaipara Coast Hwy, Makarau 0984, New Zealand

Sammlung Boros, Germany

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Constructed by French prisoners of war in 1942, a nondescript concrete air raid bunker in Berlin, which was initially built to shelter railway workers, now houses the Boros family and its contemporary art collection of more than 700 works. Art collector Christian Boros is keenly aware of the building's Nazi-inflected sinister past, and yet, he doesn't attempt to "circumvent its history", instead hoping that with the collection's liberal ideals, they have "overcome dictatorship". The Boros Collection can only be viewed by appointment only on extended weekends as part of a guided tour, which will require advance bookings of up to a couple of months ahead via its website.

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