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From Boston to Miami:
Hidden Treasures, Fragile Sculptures, and Venetian Pools

A concentration of art highlights inspires our tour down the American East Coast. Beginning in historical Boston, the intellectual center of New England, it leads through New York and on to scenic Miami, where there’s a lot of interesting private collections and young galleries to discover beyond the boardwalks.

A touch of Venice: the courtyard of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston,
Photo: Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

There’s a veritable treasure chamber hiding behind the simple façade: masterpieces ranging from Botticelli to Degas, Sargent and Whistler; Gothic stained glass windows, jewels, Flemish tapestries. In the intimate rooms of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, styles and epochs intermingle in as stubbornly individual a manner as the unconventional patroness planned it over 100 years ago. A piece of Venice right in the middle of the city: the inner courtyard with its columned loggias, antique sculptures, and mosaics.

Detail of the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,
Photo Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Elegant portraits by Sargent and Whistler can also be seen in Americans in Paris, a show at the Museum of Fine Arts with paintings by American artists made on the Seine. And for those of you who get a hankering for really bad trash after seeing so much high-class painting, the Museum of Bad Art is just the right thing. Grandmothers dancing on fields of flowers, trees in love and nuzzling doves – the MOBA boasts "art" that looks like it came out of a John Waters film.

Highlight of the Museum of Bad Art

On to New York, where an overload of art highlights makes any selection difficult. The Guggenheim is showing a large Zaha Hadid show as well as No Limits, Just EdgesJackson Pollock’s expressive paper works that were already on show in 2005 at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.

On view at the New Yorr Guggenheim: Jackson Pollock, "Number 4", 1948,
©2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Eva Hesse’s Rope Piece hangs from the ceiling like the remnants of a surreal spider web: the Jewish Museum is presenting the fragile latex and fiberglass sculptures of the New York artist, who died in 1970 at the age of 34 and is today an icon for a younger generation of artists.

Eva Hesse's "Rope Piece" at the Jewish Museum,
©The Estate of Eva Hesse. Hauser & Wirth Zürich London

Hitchcock’s Psycho stretched out over 24 hours: Douglas Gordon’s video works are part of the program at the MoMA. In addition, the provocative art of the Dadaists is celebrated with over 400 works. After this huge show, visitors can relax among the works of David Smith or Pablo Picasso in the sculpture garden and, at the gelato bar, treat themselves to a sorbet or an ice cream of the cult brand Il Laboratorio del Gelato.

The sculpture garden at the MoMA,
Photo: Tim Hursley

Then it’s on the subway to Long Island City. Along with the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the Noguchi Museum is also here, where the exhibition Best of Friends illuminates the artistic relationship between R. Buckminster Fuller (architect, inventor, artist, humanist, and visionary) and Isamu Noguchi. The sculptor and designer created the Japanese-inspired rock garden behind his former studio himself – as oasis of peace and contemplation.

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