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Carolyn Karbin

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent

Art in Focus

As I was an art major in college, I tend to associate cities with artists and works of art.  When I choose a destination for myself it’s usually based on museums and the art.

MEXICO CITY

The first trip I took with an expressly art purpose was to see the work of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City. I’d long been fascinated by their work, and their relationship. We went to the twin houses, where they lived and worked together but separately. We also visited Diego’s murals at the Palacio Nacional. Casa Azul will be on the next trip!

Most major cities have more museums than you could visit comfortably in a month, so as in all travel, my philosophy is to not over-program yourself. If you try to see too much, it all becomes a blur. I try to help my clients select the specific museums and artists they are most interested in and provide the perspective and guidance, so they can truly appreciate them. 

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam was another place where a famous artist called to me. The Van Gogh Museum, which has the largest collection of his works, along with the works of his contemporaries, was a must for me. I was even more impressed with the nearby national museum, the Rijksmuseum, with famous works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and other Dutch greats. On my next visit, I want to go to Rembrandt’s House, now a museum where you can see his studio and learn about his techniques along with viewing some of his works. 

Most major cities have more museums than you could visit comfortably in a month, so as in all travel, my philosophy is to not over-program yourself. If you try to see too much, it all becomes a blur. I try to help my clients select the specific museums and artists they are most interested in, and provide the perspective and guidance so they can truly appreciate them. 

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