Sometimes it feels as if Claudia Chan Shaw was born in the wrong era. She is completely captivated by Art Deco design, and even looks the part with her signature bob of shiny black hair. 

If you love to travel and share a passion for Art Deco, design, art and history come away with Claudia! How about Shanghai, Havana, Miami, New York…?

COMING UP

PRAGUE, BRUSSELS, PARIS : ART NOUVEAU & THE BELLE EPOQUE

18 May – 1 June 2020

Immerse yourself in the aesthetic pleasures of two much-beloved styles of art, architecture and design – Art Nouveau and Art Deco – in the key exemplar cities of Prague, Brussels and Paris.

Discover the picturesque streets and artistic charms of three of Europe’s culture capitals. Wander the halls of Prague’s Municipal House and Koruna Palace, both impressive displays of Czech Art Nouveau. Explore the streets of Brussels and the architectural designs of Victor Horta, one of Art Nouveau’s defining figures, and visit the Grand-Place, featuring seventeenth century architecture. Meander your way through the markets of Paris, a gold mine for lovers of vintage items and eccentricities, and a testament to the ongoing love of the jewels of the Belle Époque period. https://renaissancetours.com.au/tours/art/art-nouveau-and-the-belle-epoque/

Victor Horta architecture in Brussels – Hotel Tassel. An exceptional example of Art Nouveau design.

WELLINGTON : OPERA, MUSIC & ART

A quick 5 day tour to lovely Wellington, New Zealand. Opera, Music and Art. We’ll see galleries, the World of Wearable Art show, wineries, the opera Turn of the Screw …. a packed program! October 2019.

World of Wearable Art Awards

 

SHANGHAI & HONG KONG : ART DECO TO ART NOW
Come away with me! In April 2019 I’m taking a group to Shanghai and Hong Kong to explore a world of contemporary art, design and culture and the wonderful Art Deco legacy that still exists in Shanghai. Art Deco gems like the Peace Hotel date back to 1929. So there’s a wonderful mix of Deco decades, with apartment buildings with zig zag ornamentation peeking out from a maze of over head wires. Contrasted with the 21st century skyscrapers of Pudong. Check out the Art Deco to Art Now Shanghai and Hong Kong itinerary at renaissancetours.com.au

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Fosun Foundation Shanghai

CHINA : ART DECO TO ART NOW 

In October 2015 Claudia led a 12 day tour to Beijing and Shanghai China : Art Deco to Art Now, which explored China’s fascinating Imperial past and booming contemporary art scene. In Shanghai, the focus of the tour turned to the city’s rich heritage of Art Deco architecture.

MIAMI & CUBA : ART DECO TO ART NOW

Continuing the Art Deco to Art Now series Claudia will embark on her next adventure, Miami and Cuba : Art Deco to Art Now (21 April – 6 May 2017). 

Beginning in Miami to explore its vibrant art deco heritage, Claudia then takes you to Cuba, famous for its rich historical heritage, dramatic landscapes and passion for music and art.

Its exotic cities are graced by a distinctive mixture of architectural styles, from Colonial to Baroque, Neoclassical to Art Deco and Modernism to Post-Modernism. Cuba’s love affair with music is legendary and art lovers are also waking up to Cuba’s long tradition of visual arts, from pre-revolutionary modernism to contemporary.

Cuba has a fabulous patina. It’s like an Aladdin’s lamp. Rub it gently and the genie will emerge. Rub it too much and it will become too shiny. Post-revolutionary Cuba is about to change forever. Curious? Check out the itinerary at http://renaissancetours.com.au/tours/art/cuba-art-deco-to-art-now/

Miami and Havana photos courtesy Liz Gibson.

NEW YORK: ART DECO TO ART NOW 

Then, start spreading the news! It’s off to The Big Apple, New York : Art Deco to Art Now (5 – 14 January 2018).

Claudia turns her attention to New York City, renowned for its rich heritage of Art Deco and embrace of the Jazz Age.

On this tour, see, experience and marvel at New York’s most identifiable architectural style beginning with a fresh look at well-known landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, followed by a discovery of hidden gems in Brooklyn, the Bronx and beyond.

Then, come right up to date with the art and architecture of today, plus a feast of opera, music and theatre. Detailed information for the New York tour will be available early 2017.

http://renaissancetours.com.au/tours/art/art-deco-to-art-now/ .

These fabulous tours are part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.