Insider tips on the best art galleries worldwide

Whilst pondering the meaning of modern art at the Frieze Art Fair in London’s Regents Park, we bumped into British musician, respected DJ and art lover, Lou Hayter. Lou is a well-travelled lady – always jetting around the world DJing at hip parties and playing with her band, New Young Pony Club. Often found spending her free time on tour searching out the best galleries and exhibitions, Lou gave us a quick rundown of her favourite art galleries in the UK and beyond.

  • The Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland, has an outstanding collection of modern art from both up-and-coming artists and well-known greats. It’s one of the best galleries I’ve been to in a long time. The architecture of the building is really amazing too (designed by Karl Moser).
  • I recently started a new band (called Tomorrow’s World) with JB from the French band, Air. JB lives in Paris so I’ve been over there a lot recording the album with him. I’ve had plenty of time to explore the city and search out galleries that are obscure and unknown, but my favourite is still the Pompidou Centre. I’m really looking forward to seeing the inspiring psychedelic artwork in the Yayoi Kusama exhibition there this autumn.
  • When I was in the U.S, I visited the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and controversially, I enjoyed this more than any of the galleries in New York. The whole museum was really impressive and I saw an exhibition there a few years ago called Sympathy for the Devil, which examined the relationship between art and rock and roll music since 1967. 
  • The art galleries in Germany have consistantly stood out to me as being some of the best in the world. I’ve been on tour there a lot recently and had a chance to explore a few different cities. I loved the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin – they have a really cute cafe there too. The Museum Brandhorst in Munich was great and the colourful striped exterior of the gallery is a work of art in itself (see the image above). I would also highly recommend the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, they had a really well-curated collection there and Hanover is such a beautiful city.
  • London is my home, and in my opinion, we have a really exciting art scene here with many interesting galleries all over the city. Some of my absolute favourite galleries happen to be in London and they are: The Hayward Gallery at The Southbank Centre, The Serpentine Gallery (which has a gorgeous location right in the middle of Kensington Gardens), Dulwich Picture Gallery is beautiful – it was famously designed by Sir John Soane and it has an incredible collection of paintings from the 1600s and 1700s. The Gagosian is tiny but is always worth a visit. The last thing I saw there was an incredible installation of lightworks by James Turrell – one of my favourite artists. I live in East London and my local gallery is the Whitechapel Gallery. It’s quite new to the area and has been important in aiding the regeneration of Whitechapel. It has a great gift shop selling books and limited edition prints – I just bought one by Jeremy Deller.

The Frieze Art Fair is back in Regents Park, London from the 13th-16th October. It features work from over 170 of the worlds best contemporary art galleries. If you’re feeling inspired and thinking of booking an arty London break, then you should take a look at our Apex City of London hotel deal with 65% off!

- ECB

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