Art is not only found in museums and exhibitions. Art is all around us. As any traveler knows, cities offer their own unique artistic expression in the streets, cafes, and street fashion. There are cities around the world that have a rich history of art and culture in their everyday lives. Glenn Gould said, “The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.” From the alleyways covered in graffiti to the most noticeable murals in a city center, art is a living concept. For art appreciators and travel lovers, these cities are a must. Let’s start off with Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is filled with the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The talented and renowned architect is known for creating one-of-a-kind style in his approach to architectural design and structure. Gaudi is known as the father of Catalan architecture and his work can be seen all throughout the city.
Florence, Italy is another city that has a rich cultural history of art. Naturally, Michelangelo’s renowned ‘Statue of David’ is what comes to mind when we think of Florence. The city also is home to the Dumon, a cathedral created by the founding father of Renaissance architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi. Then there is the Bell Tower constructed by Italian painted and architect, Giotto di Bondone. Exploring Florence is like stepping back in time, a reflection of various periods that have stood the test of time.
Now a city that may be off your radar: Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Known as the Winelands area of the West Cape, Stellenbosch is also home to a unique art scene. The small town launched the Stellenbosch art tour in 2018 allowing locals and visitors to engage with artwork found in galleries, exhibits, and in the landscape. The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden showcases various detailed sculptures.