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Miami Diary

The Connoisseur Trip to Art Basel Miami Beach during the first week of December is one of my annual highlights. Not only is it one last week of sunshine before the winter really sets in, but also the mixture of art and glamorous events is an ideal destination for one of our very exclusive tours.


This year, our program started with the VIP opening of the Untitled satellite art fair hosted by Marina Abramovic . Afterwards we dined at Bianca at the Delano before we made our way to the Miami Beach Marina for the Vontobel yacht party on the spectacular M/Y Odyssey . There were some beautiful works of Chamberlain and de Kooning shown. The photo below shows the party in full swing.


After a relaxed breakfast on the popular Delano terrace, we joined the VIPs for the preview of the Design Miami . Arriving a couple of minutes before the doors open is a great opportunity for people watching: next to us were patiently standing Larry Gagosian, Michael Ballack and Simon de Pury just to name a few. My personal highlights of the fair were an armchair made out of old circuit boards, unfortunately not very comfortable. Apparently it was bought by Lady Gaga later and she obviously does not place great emphasize on comfort. I also especially like the beautifully crafted wooden furniture by Bae Sehwa http://artsy.net/artist/bae-sehwa represented by Korean Gallery SEOMI.

Our evening activities started off with the VIP Welcome Reception of the Art Basel Miami Beach. Every year one of my personal highlights, we enjoyed to join the serious and the glamorous collectors, museum directors, artists, gallery owners from all over the world. This year they included a performance of 20 topless long haired men and women hammering on pedestals. A small detour took us to Villa Azur for the reception of Power 100: Celebrating the 100 most influential people in the art world , before we made our way to the Best Buddies reception in a spectacular home at the bay. Best Buddies is a wonderful charity integrating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Of course it also included some star spotting like media mogul Peter Brant (married to Supermodel Stefanie Seymour), Vito Schnabel and actor Val Kilmer. We loved it, but didn’t want to miss the Miami Contemporary Museum VIP opening of Tracey Emin’s exhibition. Mainly focusing on her neon work, the one that touched us the most was: I don’t believe in love, but I believe in you . I also quite liked Trust Yourself . Afterwards another highlight was the VIP reception at the Rubell’s collection, where each year the who’s who of the art professionals gather to preview the newest exhibition. This year it was called 28 Chinese , focusing on Chinese artists with such names as Ai WeiWei and Li Shurui. After this exciting evening we were too tired to join the White Cube party at the Soho House, but have heard it was beautiful. Maybe next year!

WednesdayHaving arrived a little early for the First Choice VIP Preview of the Art Basel Miami Beach, we were able to watch the über-elegant collector crowd before entering the fair and concentrating on the art: Bernard Picasso, Odine de Rothschild, Martin Margulies, Peter Brant, Leonardo diCaprio, Elle Macpherson, Olafur Eliasson and every director of an important museum was there. We found overall the quality to be very good, but were disappointed with some galleries. Our favorite two pieces of the 4 hours of intense study were an Eduardo Basualdo installation Como volver a casa at Argentinian gallery Ruth Benzacar and a beautiful large Roni Horn Such 4 at Xavier Hufkens. After such an exhausting day, we regained our strength with a steak enjoying the warm evening outside at the excellent Prime 112. We then continued to the VIP reception of the Bass Museum where we watched a very interesting performance art complementing the Old Masters exhibition by performing these paintings that were on display. Later we again skipped our invite to Dee and Tommy Hilfiger ’s party for artist Marc Quinn .ThursdayWe started early to look at a private collection in a private home. Obviously deeply interested in the art displayed at the last Documenta in Kassel, the curated collection owned several pieces shown in the Fridericianum by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. We continued to the VIP preview of NADA art fair in the Deauville Hotel. We loved the Japanese gallery Mujin-To showing for the first time outside Asia with the artists Lyota Yagi, Ryohei Usui and Osamu Matsuda.The evening started with a private cocktail at the apartment of Dallas collectors in a high rise on Venetian Causeway between Miami Beach and Miami with a spectacular view on the bay and the skyline. Then we hurried to, what can be probably called, the highlight of the trip: the private residence in a high rise facing the ocean of the illustrious Jorge Perez (in the picture). Probably the most sought after person in Miami this year due to its incredible donation that changed the name of the Miami Art Museum to Perez Art Museum Miami. The PAMM was built by Herzog & de Meron. The small and very exclusive cocktail party was hosted by him and his wife and showed that such an art aficionado lives with less established artists. My favorite pieces were by Günther Förg and Markus Linnenbrinck.FridayIn the morning we enjoyed brunch with collectors from Houston before we visited Ry Rocklen’s installation at the Absolute Art Bar. Then we changed our plans to visit the main fair again. As favorites of this visit we selected an incredible beautiful sculpture by Manolo Valdes at Marlborough Gallery and a beautiful Tracey Emin drawing at Lehman Maupin, a great gallery based in New York and Hong Kong. Our farewell dinner at the exquisite Michy’s .Our Connoisseur Trips are special tours with a maximum of 3 participants. We offer them to selected art fairs like Frieze London , Venice Biennale and destinations. Please ask us about details.We are delighted to share our experiences with you.www.ctc-member.de Username: Culture Password: Travel2013Best regards,Halina von Kempski Rakoszyn

Venice Diary

The Preview of the Venice Biennale is always a highlight in my calendar. This year’s theme “The Encyclopedic Palace” curated by New Museum's Massimiliano Gioni is based on an utopian idea of Marino Auriti of a building holding all the world’s knowledge. The combination of carefully curated contemporary art, enthusiasm of first time participants, excitement about new locations and parallel exhibitions, meeting old and new friends, exchanging ideas and the glamour of the most powerful people in the art world (in the photo you see Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim) hitting the lagoon is unbeatable.

We arrived in Venice on Tuesday lunch time and after check in to the Venice classic and art crowd favorite Hotel Monaco Grand Canal, we had lunch on the terrace. We spotted Francois Pinault a couple of tables away, apparently also taking advantage of the few sun rays and the beautiful view at his Punta della Dogana museum. Afterwards, expert art historian Karin Jenette-Martin guided us around the Manet exhibition (a must for everyone travelling to Venice before August 18th, 2013) with the highlight being Manets’s Olympia (1867) and Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1538) being hung next to each other for comparison.

In the evening we accepted Nicholas Logdail’s invitation in honor of Ai WeiWei at the Bauer Palladio. Some members of our group were exited to meet other great German collectors like Ingvild Goetz and Harald Falckenberg.

Our first destination at the actual Biennale were the Giardini with the main pavilion curated by Massimiliano Gioni. He stunned the art world by showing drawings by C.G.Jung, Rudolf Steiners esoteric diagrams , vodoo and tantra paintings and all kind of phantasies by amateur artists combined with artists like Maria Lassnig and Matt Mullican.

The lunch place to be on the opening day is the Il Nuovo Galeon, where my mother Korinna von Kempski Rakoszyn and me hosted a lunch for the Culture & Travel Club. As with all my parties, I try to get a fun mix of people together: There were, of course, our group with the incredible collector and Guggenheim board member Inge Rodenstock, our faithful art and CTC enthusiast Dr. Gisela Kaiser, No 1 Argentinian collector Patricia Pearson Vergez, owner of the Lisson gallery Nicholas Logsdail, two of my favorite artists Christian Jankowski and Jorinde Voigt, art aficionado Count Martin Schaesberg, who is currently building up an exhibition space in his family castle Tannheim and the colorful artforum publisher Knight Landesmann.

Afterwards, we joined François Pinault’s invitation for the preview of the “Prima Materia” exhibition at the Punta della Dogana. The exhibition establishes a dialogue between important historical movements such as Mono-Ha and Arte Povera, as well as in-depth monographic presentations of works by artists such as Llyn Foulkes, Mark Grotjahn and Marlene Dumas. More than half of the artists and almost all the works are presented for the first time in an exhibition by the Francois Pinault Collection. The exhibition is on till New Year 2014/2015, so you have plenty of time to view it.

Dinner at Harry’s Cipriani proved again to be a must to truly enjoy the atmosphere of Venice during the Biennale.

Thursday May 30th we started at the Arsenale. Very impressing among many things were the groups of photographs by the likes of Okhai Ojeikere, Eliot Porter and Christopher Williams. I enjoyed especially a beautiful installation of Walter de Maria, one of my favorite artists, whose lightening fields in New Mexico I yet have to visit. At the VIP shuttle, you could see some of the world’s most important collectors, museum directors and artists patiently getting in line. We crossed over to Arsenale North to view the exhibition Breath of Shirazeh Housiarhy in the Torre di Porta Nuova. The incredible works which seem to draw you into another world found a perfect space in the tower. A private tour by Lisson gallery’s Milan director Annette Hofmann has opened my eyes for this wonderful artist. Definitely one to watch! After quite a climb to the top, we were once more rewarded with splendid 360° views over Venice. Back on the ground, we once again enjoyed the incredible hospitality of Lisson’s Nicholas Logsdail at a small brunch given in the honor of the exhibition. With gigantic plants and deck chairs, they had managed to create a small Nikki Beach in the middle of the Biennale Arsenale. The next highlight followed immediately: A private visit to Palazzo Treves, the home of the Marchesa Barbara Belingieri. Through a friend of a friend, we and Fondation Beyeler’s director Sam Keller had the great pleasure to look at two beautiful Antonio Canova statues still at the same location they were made for. In addition to that we were shown 18th and 19th century paintings - contemporary art at the time of purchase - as the Marchesa and the beautiful art historian HRH Princess Michael of Kent explained to us. HRH Princess Michael of Kent is very much involved with Gmurzynska Gallery. Krystina Gmurzynskas daughter Isabelle Bscher is heading the contemporary section in cooperation with Count Martin Schaesberg.

Although getting tired we still visited the Rudolf Stingel exhibition at Palazzo Grassi and were revived by the sheer masses of carpet, that fill every single floor and wall of the Palazzo. Stingels apparent admiration for Tillman Riemenschneider, whose sculptures he depicts in a masterly way in his paintings, matches my own. Dinner was at the Trattoria della Madonna, where we skipped the line much to the dismay of an American collector.

The final morning was spent at the Peggy Guggenheim collection, undoubtedly one of the great collections especially of surrealism. I very much liked the exhibition of Robert Motherwell’s early collages (still on till September 9th). Jackson Pollock and Motherwell are really congenial in the development of American Abstract Expressionism. After lunch, we left for the airport.

All the best,

Halina Kempski

Richard Armstrong and me in Bavarian Janker


Liebe Freunde des Culture & Travel Clubs,

auf unserer Dallas-Reise ruhen sich Dagmar Helmig und Bernadette Schaeffler auf der Preview der Dallas Art Fair aus - festgehalten von den Dallas Morning News.

Falls Sie die aufstrebende Kunstwelt von Texas mit ihren grandiosen Sammlungen kennenlernen möchten, würden wir uns sehr freuen.

Mit den besten Grüßen

Ihre Halina Kempski


Dallas Morning News


Recently returned from Budapest, we would like to share some highlights with you:

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Place located at the Chain Bridge is one of the jewels of the remarkable Fours Seasons collection and one of our favourite hotels in the world.

The famous Gundel restaurant as well as a private cruise in a Venice style water taxi are musts.

An evening in the Puszta with gypsy music, Hungarian dancing and excellent food where the locals have their wedding parties is great fun and lets you experience the customs.

We would be delighted, if you would take part in one of our trips.



Dallas Modern Luxury

Liebe Freunde des Culture & Travel Clubs,

wir begrüßen Sie sehr herzlich auf unserem Blog. Hier finden Sie Tips rund um das Reisen.

Wir beginnen unseren Newsfeed mit einem Artikel, der diesen Monat im Modern Luxury Magazin in den USA über uns zu finden ist.

Mit den besten Grüßen

Ihre Halina Kempski 

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