Pablo Picasso said, ?the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls". As this quote will stand to be true until the end of time, we curated a list of the 7 most artistic cities in the world for our fellow art and travel enthusiasts.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
You will not be surprised to know that Saint Petersburg is hailed as the "Cultural Mecca '' worldwide and famous as "Gorod Muzei", the city of museums, to locals. Such names for this originally port city are quite befitting as it boasts of over 100 museums presently . The city's very first museum, the marvellous Kunstkammer that has a collection of over 2,000,000 items, was established by Peter the Great himself. The State Hermitage Museum is another Russian artistic treasure, being the second largest museum in the world. Besides refined visual arts the theatres of Saint Petersburg, such as the historic Mariinsky Theatre which has been running for 160 years, is a great reason to visit the city. Russian theatres last from mid-September to late June and are truly magical with jaw-dropping ballet shows, drama, and renowned musicals.
We swear by Friedrich Nietzsche's words that ?an artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.? Even though it takes 100 days to completely explore the largest museum in the world, the Louvre, we cannot think of the word ?art' without considering the Mona Lisa's home. Only 43 years old, the Centre Pompidou is one of the largest museums of modern art in central Europe, with its extraordinary Renzo-Piano designed exterior. The Musée d'Orsay is an unmissable museum because it contains the works of famous artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Gustav Klimt. A walking art tour in Paris' Seine-Saint-Denis area which is full of revolutionary French artwork is another great way to absorb the city's wonders. Finally, for lovers of performing arts, catching a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge is a must.
Tokyo is one of a kind when it comes to artwork. It pushes the boundaries of traditional art to more ?edgy' and visually striking. SCAI The Bathhouse in Tokyo is a 200 years old bathhouse-turned-visual gallery where visitors can create multiple mirror images of themselves in kaleidoscopic mirror dishes and brilliant zen-like LED counters with mind-blowing outcomes. The Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku that is made of a cluster of artistically arranged mirrors is a delight for tourists and photographers. ?The Myth of Tomorrow' is a poignant painting in Tokyo's Shibuya Station depicting the horror of atomic bombing. Such masterpieces make art a palpable part of Tokyo's colourful culture.
New York, USA
Cosmopolitan and chique, New York is a treasure trove of wonders because it is the address of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which are the leading museums of modern art today. Brimming with creative street artists along its walks, New York manages to bring art to life from different eras at the same time. A favourite spot to conduct exhibitions for artists today, there are always beautiful galleries for tourists to get lost in. While in New York, the towering Statue Of Liberty and Empire State Building, two of the most famous artistic structures worldwide, will leave you star-struck without a doubt.
Transcendental in artistic beauty, nobody that goes to Istanbul is ever the same again. The transcontinental Eurasian city is also the largest in Europe. Istanbul is the home of artistic wonders like the Hagia Sophia which is now one of the most visited museums in the world. The landmark Blue Mosque attracts tourists because of its stunning blue interior while remaining a functioning mosque. The Grand Bazaar is another unmissable Turkish delight as it is one of the oldest covered markets in the world that has 4,000 shops!