From the prehistoric storytellings of cave paintings to the methodical and expressive splashes of Jackson Pollock, art has accompanied the human soul in its process of evolution, adopting new forms and achieving greater value along the way.
Only in the last two decades, however, has the lifestyle surrounding art become a global trend, sparking innumerable art fairs, biennials, museums, and galleries that span the world.
With so much on offer, how can one make sense of art in a meaningful manner, let alone curate a well-defined selection that can be appreciated?
Convinced of the transformative power of art, we have explored every art capital and burgeoning creative scene in the world. With our unmatched network of experts and insiders around the planet, preferred access in the international art world awaits you — from unique after-hours art experiences, to behind-the-scenes cultural tours with a specialist in your area of interest: be it classical, modern or contemporary art; architecture or design.
Take inspiration from the following art-focused travel ideas as you ponder the core of your personalized journey.
Art Basel +
Basel, Miami or Hong Kong
Art Basel +
Basel, Miami or Hong Kong
With international shows in Basel, Miami and Hong Kong, let us take you to any hosting destination of Art Basel to partake in one of the most glamorous and exclusive art events in the world. Enjoy VIP status and special invitations as you appreciate the striking works of established and emerging contemporary artists. Inarguably the largest art fair in the world, our connections will allow you to gain an insider’s look and fresh perspective of this influential event.
Chateau La Coste
Chateau La Coste
Chateau La Coste is an atypical art and wine estate in Provence. This unbelievable country house features an impressive art promenade: thirty major art installations and pavilions from standout artists & architects—including Frank O. Gehry, Renzo Piano, Alexander Calder and Louise Bourgeois—are scattered among oak trees, hundred-year-old pines and lavender fields. Enjoy a top-notch food experience at celebrity chef Francis Mallman’s restaurant, inspired by South American open flame techniques. Continue with wine tasting in the two wine-making chais conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel, a must-see for wine lovers.
Be amazed by Inhotim, a giant open-air art gallery and collection set amid 500,000 acres of botanical gardens in south-east Brazil. Visualize stepping into a world class art collection surrounded by lush tropical nature and forests, a place where over 4,000 plant species mingle with massive art works and pavilions by the likes of Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson and Matthew Barney.
Allow us to customize your itinerary for the Venice Biennale, by which we will connect you with local curators who will help you discover the local cuisine and provide you with special access to exhibitions, art events and exclusive cocktail receptions and parties. The century-old institution continues to be in the avant-garde of art, architecture, theater, and more, resulting in a diverse menu to satisfy your taste for art and culture.
Island of Naoshima
Island of Naoshima
Experience one of the most remarkable art and architecture destinations in the world when you visit the island of Naoshima in Japan. Featuring extraordinary structures designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando—including the Chichu Art Museum (home to artworks and installations by Claude Monet, James Turrell and Walter De Maria), the Lee Ufan Museum and the Benesse House Museum—there is no denying the cultural force of this tiny island.
Spend a weekend at Durslade Farmhouse in the beautiful Somerset countryside, on the edge of Bruton. Hauser & Wirth—one of most prestigious names in the international art scene—is at the center of the operation, housed in an ancient threshing barn. The natural antiquity of the building is celebrated in eye-catching combinations of original fittings with unexpected interiors, vintage furniture and artworks from H&W artists such as Guillermo Kuitca and Pipilotti Rist.
Talk with us about crafting a Humboldt & Cook Art Journey around one of these experiences.
Humboldt & Cook
The journeys below are recently arranged, fully realized trip itineraries designed to connect the dots of art, food and wellness. With each, an inspired complement of food and wellness experiences was added to the anchoring art experience chosen by our travel client. Every Humboldt & Cook journey is a one-of-a kind itinerary personalized for its travelers.
IN PICASSO’S FOOTSTEPS: BARCELONA AND MALAGA
No artist shaped the 20th century more than Pablo Ruiz y Picasso.
Born in 1881 in Malaga of southern Spain, Picasso’s immense talent was spotted at a young age and was first fostered under the artistic tutelage of his father, also an artist, but more specifically, when his family moved to Barcelona in 1895. This unique tour kicks off in the cosmopolitan capital with a unique stay at The Serras Hotel, Picasso’s first atelier, from where you will explore the artist’s formative years, his first inspirations, and the influence of the city and bohemian circles in Barcelona at the time.
Then, you will make your way south to the port city Malaga in order to recreate Picasso’s childhood. In both destinations you will be immersed in the respective culinary traditions, and come to understand the central role food and wine played in Picasso’s artistic circles.
Private circuit of art galleries who exhibit or have exhibited Picasso’s masterpieces; visit to the former site of the Academy of Fine Arts, where Picasso studied and his father taught; Avinyó street, an area that inspired his iconic work Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
Experience Els 4 Gats, the mythical café and cabaret that hosted Picasso’s first art exhibition in 1899.
Modernism tour led by our architect host to visit some of the most impressive works by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig I Cadafalch.
Private visit to Picasso Museum and practical collage workshop on technique of collage invented by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
Private cooking session at the first atelier of Antoni Tápies, including talk about the artists’ relationship. Enjoy some of Picasso's preferred dishes and edible creations inspired by cubism.
Drive to Caldes d'Estrac to visit art exhibition center Fundació Palau – an art exhibition center featuring around 50 works from Picasso, some of them personally given by the artist to his friend and Spanish writer, Josep Palau Fabre.
Dine at Michelin-starred restaurants Disfrutar by three former El Bulli alumni and Tickets by legendary El Bulli partner Albert Adrià.
Private tour to the Picasso Birthplace Museum (focusing on Picasso's childhood) guided by an exceptional art historian.
Private visit to Picasso Museum, set in Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th century palace that blends Renaissance and Mudejar architectural elements.
Hands-on cooking session at an adorable Andalusian cortijo in rural Malaga, recreating the Malaga countryside Picasso so loved, surrounded by almond, orange, olive and fig tree
Art historian-led visits to Museo Carmen Thyssen, Centro Pompidou Málaga, Colección del Museo Ruso or Contemporary Art Center.
Private guided visit to the Cathedral, the Alcazaba (Arab fortification dating back to the 11th century) and/or Gibralfaro Castle.
Picasso a la carte workshop to experiment with diverse artistic techniques
Dine at Michelin-starred restaurant José Carlos García by José Carlos García
ART JOURNEY TO MEXICO CITY AND YUCATAN
With its powerful murals, first-rate museums, and thriving galleries, Mexico City has become a world-class city of art. Hailed by many as the “next Berlin,” discover this vibrant capital and get a taste of the unique vibe the country’s designers and architects are experiencing right now.
In February, when the weather is warm and dry, we will visit this wonderful capital city, coinciding with Zonamaco, the most important contemporary art fair in Latin America. Our personal contacts in the city will open many doors for us, including to cutting-edge galleries, artist studios and top private collectors’ homes. Along the way, discover first-hand why Mexico City’s gastronomic scene is every bit as exciting as its art!
The second part of this extraordinary journey will bring you to the Yucatan Peninsula, a dazzling destination with ancient Mayan ruins, the azure Caribbean sea and colonial cities, all in one swoop. We will learn about the Mayans of the last millennium as well as contemporary Maya life. Special guides will take us deep into Mayan, colonial and contemporary culture as we visit archaeological sites, churches, museums, artisan workshops, and private estates and homes.
Gallery + Highlights
VIP access to Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair Zona Maco, including a private tour led by the fair’s organizer.
Attend the ultra glamorous charity art gala at Museo Tamayo.
Visit the private homes and collections of top Mexican art collectors, including Eugenio Lopez, Mexico’s most celebrated art collector.
Private visits to top artist’s studios, cutting-edge art spaces and world-class galleries.
Visit the homes where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera worked and lived for many years.
After-hours access to the Jumex Collection, the largest private contemporary art museum in Latin America.
Visit the city’s largest private home Casa Pedregal and other architectural works of by the father of Mexican modernism and Pritzker laureat Luis Barragan.
Attend events with fellow art lovers at the VVIP gatherings.
Indulge in our selection of true Mexican food experiences created especially for you.
Experience the strict seasonality and artisanal technique of Rosetta Restaurante.
Join our exclusive invitation to dine at Pujol considered the best restaurant in Mexico. Pujol Pujol has a waiting list of 6 months!
Gallery + Highlights
Private before-hours visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mayan pyramid Chichén Itzá.
Visit Merida and Izamal with our archaeologist host as discover the living Mayan culture.
Lunch at a private hacienda that houses a Mayan pyramid!
Swim in total privacy in a cenote (natural sinkhole) on the ruins of an historic ranch, open only to a select few.
Exclusive access to Hacienda Ochil to enjoy Arbol de Luz. Arbol de Luz is the amphitheatre and light installation designed by renowned artist James Turrell.
Exclusive visit to a monumental site-specific artwork-cum-residence created around the ruins of a 17th century hacienda by American artist Jorge Pardo.
End your trip on a high note relaxing on one of the most pristine beaches in the world complete with a farewell dinner party inside a cavern that is 10,000 years old.
Stay at some of the most amazing properties in Mexico: Chable Yucatan + Chable Maroma. The luxurious Chable Yucatan was winner of the Prix Versailles award for Best-designed Hotel in the World 2017. At Chable Maroma the Yucatan jungle dissolves into the pristine sands of a majestic private beach in the Riviera Maya.
INDONESIA - DISCOVER THE CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE OF THE EAST INDIES
Indonesia not only represents the largest population in the region (250+ million) but is also home to one of the most diverse, vibrant and productive art scenes in Southeast Asia.
Discover the sincerity and artistic skills in production, the formal diversity and the commitment with which the artists address the manifold issues in their societies. You will also get acquainted with the exciting network of patronage that has developed around contemporary art and meet some of the most curious and active collectors within Asia.
End your trip at UNESCO Heritage Site Borobudur. Dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, and built from two million blocks of stone, Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia's most important cultural sites.
Visit to Art Jakarta, the main art fair in the country, as a VIP guest (including a private tour led by the fair organizer).
Curator-led tour of Museum MACAN, the first museum of contemporary art in the country.
Private visits to home collections hosted by the leading art collectors in Jakarta.
Unravel Indonesian heritage by museum-hopping with our Indonesian history expert. This includes visits to the Jakarta History Museum and the Museum of Fine Art and Ceramics.
Private art party at the estate of the grand seigneur of art collecting in Indonesia.
Exclusive visits to art collectives and institutions in Yogyakarta, the “capital” of Indonesia’s art scene.
Unique access to the studios of leading Indonesian artists such as Eko Nugroho, Agus Suwage and FX Harsono.
Private performance by the leading Indonesian traditional singer and her music group.
Visit to the foremost experimental theater and puppetry company including a live showcase of their puppetry followed by traditional Indonesian dinner at the studio.
Exclusive dinner honoring artists from Yogyakarta.
Sunrise at Borobudur Temple: Enjoy one of the most sublime experiences in the world with our expert in Javanese history.
Breakfast and visit to the private residence of art collectors, whose home presents direct views of Borobudur Temple and houses a collection consisting of ethnographic and contemporary art.
Stay in some of the most amazing properties in Indonesia: from the art-themed and sole 6-star hotel in the country, Raffles Jakarta, to Amanjiwo, which mirrors the aura of zen and tranquility of its historical neighbor Borobudur, located just a few minutes away.