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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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The art market can be opaque and volatile, making investment an uncertain venture. Here, we detail some of the common mistakes to avoid In its 2016 annual report, the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) confirmed that the international art market has stuttered—contracting by seven percent in what is its first downturn since 2011. This news, however, is not necessarily an occasion for doom-laden predictions. Regular, cyclical contractions in the art market are natural (and arguably...

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Switzerland’s mountainous terrain, inviting lakes, historic villages and of course the high peaks of the Alps make it a desirable destination for tourists, hikers and skiers. Renowned for a number of quaint and coveted stereotypes (cheese, chocolate and clocks), Switzerland is an appealing location all year round. TO STAY: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Set deep within the picturesque mountain landscape of the Heidiland region, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz provides sumptuous elegance and surpasses expectations of...

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Running from 24 September until 2 January 2017, the long awaited exhibition by the Royal Academy of Arts will see a number of influential works of art from celebrated artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and William De Kooning, as well as showcasing a few lesser-known artists who contributed to the Abstract Expressionism movement.  The independent art historian Dr David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, will curate the...

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Rare whisky has become a lucrative option for the canny investor, but what makes this spirit such a good prospect, and how do we make the right whisky investment choices? According to consultancy Rare Whisky 101, the rare whisky market is booming with the total value of collectable whiskies traded on the open market priced at £9.56 million in 2015, up from £7.64 million in 2014. The Rare Whisky Apex 1000, the main index for...

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