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The V&A unveils its newest exhibition to celebrate the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga—famed for his pioneering fashion designs founded on structure, fluidity and breaking the status quo. His innovative clothing designs and groundbreaking manipulation of fabrics helped craft an immovable legacy within the fashion industry. Regarded by his peers as the pinnacle of style, his former apprentice Oscar de la Renta revered him as a designer ‘who never did anything in bad taste’, while his...

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London, Paris, New York, Rome—these cities have always been celebrated for the breadth and depth of their artistic and cultural offerings. Because of this, it’s easy to overlook other locations that can present an equally rewarding experience for the discerning visitor. Read on for our take on some of the most cultural cities in the world. Charleston Gracious southern hospitality, carriage rides, antebellum architecture and the scent of blooming jasmine—the romantic charm of this elegant cultural...

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The best design museums are places where people can learn about the objects and designs that have shaped our world. We’re familiar with famous examples such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but there are many others across the globe—from Berlin to Toronto—worth visiting. The Design Museum, London The London Design Museum’s eagerly anticipated new home opened in High Street Kensington late last year, a striking Grade II* listed building—once the Commonwealth Institute—that offers three...

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The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. Best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe is a pioneer of 20th century art. The exhibition, which will run until 30 October 2016 at the Tate Modern, London, marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. The retrospective gives a rare chance to see over 100 of her...

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Flourishing between 1890 and 1910, Art Nouveau was a short-lived but highly influential movement that spanned Europe from Glasgow to Vienna, creating an artistic style that had a huge impact on the applied arts and encompassed a wide range of figures, including Antoni Gaudí, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, René Lalique, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Art Nouveau artists sought to abolish hierarchies between different forms of art, placing fine arts such...

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In the rarified world of luxury yachts, the Monaco Yacht Show, this year running from 28 September to 1 October, is a must-visit event, both for its glamorous setting in the iconic Port Hercules in Monaco as well as for the huge numbers of yachts you can view, admire and buy. It’s a place where both amateur enthusiasts and industry figures can discover the latest trends in naval architecture, technological advances and the newest gadgets and...

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Inventive, prolific and daring, Robert Rauschenberg was one of the giants of American art in the second half of the 20th century. Endlessly innovative, he flitted between painting, sculpture, print-making, stage design and performance and was particularly well-known for his imaginative use of materials, creating pieces that interrogated the boundaries between what was and wasn’t art. From 1 December 2016 to 2 April 2017, Tate Modern is staging the first major U.K. exhibition of Robert...

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‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’—William Morris William Morris, an Arts and Crafts pioneer with distaste for capitalism and passion for natural beauty continues to inspire over a century later, resulting in quintessentially British collections. When William Morris died in 1896, aged 62, he would have been undoubtedly contented with his valiant efforts at beautifying the world through his craftsmanship—and commanding a revolution...

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For the serious collector, art fairs represent one of the best ways to discover new talent and trends, as well as explore a variety of genres and styles under one roof.   Art Basel First founded by three Basel gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has become a major fixture in the international art fair calendar. 2016’s event was one of the most successful in this art fair’s history, with over 280 galleries showcasing the work of...

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An icon of fashion, art and music, David Bowie was one of the most adored and critically feted artists of the past 50 years, someone who made an indelible mark on popular culture. What many of his fans didn’t know, however, is that David Bowie was also a prolific collector of art—a pastime he kept largely hidden from public view, until now. Bowie/Collector, taking place at Sotheby’s in London, is a three-part sale of around...

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