Think of culture, and people automatically think of destinations like Vienna and London. But there is an incredible range of cultural experiences available in other lesser-known destinations around the world.
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the largest city in Europe. For this reason alone, it is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe.
Moscow is home to the internationally renowned Tretyakov Gallery, founded by Pavel Tretyakov. The gallery is divided into two sections – the old gallery, which houses the works of the classical Russian tradition, and the new gallery, which contains the works of Soviet artists.
Moscow is also home to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The rooms of the Museum are a cross-section of artifacts from world civilizations.
The State Historical Museum documents the history of Russia with exhibits ranging from ancient relics to priceless works of art acquired by the Romanov dynasty.
Moscow is the epicenter of the Russian performing arts, with 93 theaters, 132 cinemas, and 24 concert halls. Among the many theaters in Moscow is the famous Bolshoi Theater.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is one of the most dynamic cultural centers in the world. Due to its colorful history, Mexico City is a city rich in artistic expression.
Mexico City is the birthplace of the mural movement. Many works by muralists such as José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera are exhibited in the city’s buildings. The house of renowned artist Frida Kahlo is now a museum.
Mexico City is home to many museums of contemporary art, which is ideal for luxury tours. The Museo de Arte Moderno is a repository of Mexican artists of the 20th century. In the south of Mexico City, the Museo Carrillo Gil presents avant-garde artists.
Mexico City is steeped in tradition. From mid-October to November, the markets and shops of Mexico are full of decorations for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.
Families build colorful altars at home in honor of deceased relatives. The spirits of the dead are expected on this special holiday.
Berlin is the capital of Germany. With a population of 3.4 million, Berlin is the largest city in the country. At the forefront of luxury travel, Berlin is renowned for its internationally famous cultural institutions.
Berlin has one of the busiest nightlife scenes in Europe. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many buildings in Mitte were renovated. Illegally occupied by young people, they have become fertile ground for all kinds of underground gatherings.
The Museum Island of Berlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1841, it was designated “district dedicated to art and antiques” by royal decree. Subsequently, the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, and Alte Nationalgalerie were built there.
The Jewish Museum presents a permanent exhibition over 2000 years of German Jewish history. The Museum fur Naturkunde has the most giant mounted dinosaur in the world.
Berlin has three significant operas, of which the Berlin State Opera on Unter den Linden is the oldest; it opened in 1742.
Shanghai is considered the cradle of Chinese modernity. It was in Shanghai that the first motor car was driven, and the first railroads were laid. Shanghai is synonymous with luxury travel.
Shanghai was also the birthplace of Chinese cinema and theater. The first Chinese short film, The Difficult Couple and the country’s first fictional feature, Orphan Rescues Grandfather, were both produced in Shanghai. These films have made Shanghai the cradle of Chinese cinema.
Shanghai has several museums of national importance. The Shanghai Museum of Art and History has one of the best collections of Chinese historical artifacts in the world. The Shanghai Natural History Museum documents the history of China and its flora and fauna.
The Shanghai School was an outstanding traditional art school during the Qing Dynasty. At that time, classic Chinese art reached a climax, which led to the emergence of a distinctive new style of Chinese painting.
Shanghai is also home to cheongsam – a modernization of traditional Chinese qipao. When it first appeared, cheongsam represented modernity unique in East Asia.
New York City, United States
New York is a city shaped by centuries of immigration. Many great American cultural movements have appeared in New York. The city is home to over 2,000 arts organizations and over 500 art galleries.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the world. It includes a complex of buildings known as Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, which showcases medieval art.
The Jewish Museum of New York was established in 1904. The Museum has a collection of 28,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.
There are also many smaller museums, from Cooper-Hewitt to the International Center for Photography.
The beginning of the 20th century saw the emergence of modern dance in New York. Breakdance became an influential street dance style that emerged in African-American communities in the Bronx in the 1970s. Speculation suggests that breakdance began as a method for rival gangs to settle territorial disputes.