© Quentley Barbara, Hesus,
2019. Photo by Cassander
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AMSTERDAM VS TUSCANY
We shine a light on two artsy destinations competing for your attention this month
Opening on 20 September, the second chapter at the
Het HEM – the hot new art institute on the fringes of the
city – will see composer Nicolas Jaar create a piece of
experimental music and accompanying artwork inspired
by the venue's history.
View contemporary art in the rolling Tuscan hills at the
Panzano Arte contemporary art showcase in Panzano.
Running until 18 September, the trail features 30 sculptures
by French artist Nathalie Decoster. The large bronze works
explore concepts of the human condition.
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A former ammunition factory, Het HEM utilises its 10,000
square metre space to host visual art exhibitions named
'chapters'. The creative venue showcases modern concept
art, the first chapter of which saw the exhibition, 'Can't be
greedy...You gotta take some, and leave some' explore the
concept of culture with a live boxing gala.
Nestled between Florence and Sienna, the trail begins in
the heart of the charming village of Panzano, and runs
through the surrounding rural landscape before leading
into four vineyards. Besides the impressive art structures,
the rolling Chianti hills are a beautiful sight to behold in
their own right.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE
The Golden Age saw many acclaimed Dutch artists residing
in Amsterdam. Today, the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh's
work lives on, attracting art lovers from all over the world. The
Rijksmuseum holds the country's largest collection of art and
artefacts, while the Van Gogh Museum is purely dedicated to
the artist's post-impressionist paintings.
A 10-minute drive from the Het HEM, in the town of Zaandam,
is the quirky Inntel Hotel, where the fun higgledy-piggledy
facade of the building sets its upbeat feel. For something
a little more central, the Art'otel Amsterdam blends great
rooms and a trendy art gallery.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE
Along with a slew of traditional shops and eateries, the main
square in Panzano, Piazza Bucciarell, is host to the Aprilante
market on the first Sunday of every month. It's where over
100 local artisans flock to sell their goods. While exploring the
quaint mediaeval charm of the village, stop off at Jan Praet
Art Gallery to view some local art.
Amid the stunning Chianti landscapes, 16th-century Villa
Le Barone is a charming boutique hotel with a heated saltwater
pool. If you're staying in nearby Florence, bed down at
Porcellino Gallery Art Boutique; each of the decadent rooms
are kitted out with artworks and luxury finishings.