I love visiting art museums both at home and abroad. Contemporary art is a special part of any country’s culture and I think it’s important to include on any travel itinerary.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead, England
A small gallery in the north of England, the BALTIC has nonetheless attracted important exhibitions to Gateshead. Found across the Millennium Bridge from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the BALTIC, a converted flourmill, is six floors of frequently changing temporary exhibitions with a small library, gift shop, café, viewing terrace and rooftop restaurant. Previous exhibits have included Thomas Bayrle, Salla Tykkä, Mark Wallinger and Damien Hirst.

Always free and worth visiting for the views of the Tyne River and Newcastle alone…

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Currently:

The Playground Project – a group exhibition on exemplary playground initiatives
Caroline Achaintre – a diverse range of the artist’s work in textiles, ceramics and prints

Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Often skipped in favour of the Rijksmuseum’s collection of fine art many tourists are missing out on a remarkable encounter. Recently reopened and found in Amsterdam’s popular Museum Park. The bathtub shape of the external building is merely a taste of things to come. Covering the whole 20th century right up to modern contemporary art you never know what you will find here.

Last year I viewed The Oasis of Matisse, a large collection of Henri Matisse’s masterpieces throughout his life.

Unfortunately admission is not free but the museum is included in the Amsterdam card.

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Currently:
Dream Out Loud – Designing for Tomorrow’s Demands
Magali Reus: Mustard
Mohamed Bourouissa: Horseday
Jean Tinguely: Machine Spectacle

Tate Modern
Bankside, London, England
THE contemporary art gallery of London. Known for its out there installations, no visit to London is complete without checking out this free gallery. A new ten-storey building behind the original converted power station opened last summer. Expect even more great art!

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Currently:
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen – an immersive site-specific installation
Georgia O’Keeffe – over 100 of her greatest paintings
Bhupen Khakhar: You can’t please all

madre
Via Settembrini, Naples, Italy
Not something you would expect to find in the traditional city of Naples…yet madre (museo d’arte contemporanea donnaregina) fits right into the rundown urban architecture of the modern city. Located in the original 19th century building known as Palace Donnaregina and opened in 2005, madre displays a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions. The permanent collection includes works by Anish Kapoor, Eulalia Valldosera and Andy Warhol.

Admission is €7 per adult but is free every Monday and during the whole of August.

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Currently:
Daniel Buren: Axer/Désaxer
Mimmo Jodice: Attesa

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