Monday 12th November 2012
After extensive renovation the magnificent new Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens its doors to the public on Sunday 14 April 2013. Eighty exhibition rooms showcasing a total of 8,000 objects tell the story of Dutch art history from the Middle Ages onwards, and following a renovation project lasting ten years the building which originally opened to the public as a museum in 1885 is now ready to welcome the 21st century visitor. Displayed in the Gallery of Honour, the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings is considered to be among the finest in the world. Foremost amongst the collection are masterpieces by Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt, whose powerful large-scale work known as The Night Watch is the only painting in the museum to be returned to its original location.
Wednesday 16th November 2011
The largest exhibition in Germany on Dürer in over 40 years will take place in the artist’s home town of Nuremberg between May and September 2012. Dürer was the first German artist to enjoy recognition within his own lifetime and is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance. He experimented in many media, from delicate watercolours of plant and animal life to dramatic woodcuts and engravings on religious themes. This major exhibition offers a unique opportunity to witness Dürer’s artistic development through a series of pictorial and written documents, many of which will be on show for the first time. Heritage Group Travel has designed several tour itineraries to incorporate this unique exhibition as well as cultural visits further afield. Please contact us for full details and a suggested tour for your group
Wednesday 16th September 2009
One of Dresden’s major museums is set to reopen again in 2010 after a five year period. The Albertinum has undergone major refurbishment in order better to showcase two of the country’s finest collections, the New Masters Gallery and the Sculpture Collection. The Neue Meister boasts works from 1800 onwards, its chief attraction being the outstanding inventory of German Romanticist painting and in particular some seminal works by Caspar David Friedrich. The Expressionists are also well represented whilst the collection of French and German Impressionists is also of the highest order.
By way of contrast, the Skulpturensammlung comprises works which span more than five thousand years, from the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean to the present. Among the items on display are exquisite Greek and Roman sculptures as well as vases, bronzes and terracottas. In the redesigned building treasures rarely shown previously will now be placed on view.
This project represents a further step in the reorganization of the Dresden State Art Collections which began some five years ago. The Historic Green vault opened to enormous public acclaim in 2007 and the reopening of the Albertinum in 2010 will further cement Dresden’s status as one of Europe’s major cultural centres.
Please contact us for further details and for suggested itineraries for your group.
Wednesday 16th September 2009
The former home of the Musée d’Art Américain in Giverny, close to Monet’s famous garden, has reopened its doors as the Musée des Impressionismes. This is a project which is the result of a partnership between the Musée d’Orsay, the Fondation Claude Monet and the Musée Marmottan and is an important addition to the cultural landscape of Normandy. As its name suggests, the museum takes a broad look at the development of Impressionsim in the 19th century and considers its influence in the 20th century. A number of exhibitions are planned for 2010, and to celebrate its opening some 20 works by Monet on the subject of his garden were brought to the museum from the Musée d’Orsay.
Within easy reach of the Channel ports, Normandy offers outstanding possibilities for a group visit. Its tranquil countryside offers a rich variety of gardens and châteaux whilst the cities of Caen and Rouen boast museums of exceptional richness. Please contact us for detailed suggested itineraries and prices.
Monday 13th April 2009
At Heritage Group Travel we pride ourselves on finding unique specialist events. The big success for 2009 is the Autumn exhibition in Leuven celebrating the life and work of Rogier van der Weyden. We have been delighted by the high number of groups who have taken advantage of making a short trip to Belgium at the end of this year to visit this special exhibition.
The tours which we have arranged allow participants to view an astonishing collection of works by one of the greatest Flemish artists. Born around 1400 van der Weyden is known for his exceptional ability to portray emotion. His oeuvre is an exceptionally important milestone in the development of visual art.
For the very first time some 120 paintings have been drawn from private and public collections from around the world. Many of these works have never travelled before whilst others last saw Flanders 5 centuries ago. We are unlikely ever again to view such an extensive and beautiful representation of van der Weyden’s work.
The very many societies who will be travelling with us towards the end of this year have elected to take up our offer of our first-rate guide. Mme Lieve Dejonghe is a Brussels resident as well as a gifted historian and linguist. She delights in leading cultural groups for us, often to places which are not available to the general public.
We have negotiated pre-booked tickets as well as a special tour of the exhibition itself. Do contact us if you’d like to organise a trip for this September-December.
Tuesday 17th February 2009
It is alarming to think that 20 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, bringing to an end 40 years of Cold War diplomacy between Eastern and Western Europe. For 2009 Berlin is hosting some spectacular exhibitions and events to mark the occasion. New specialist museums and landmark sites devoted to this period in German history have also established themselves in Berlin.
Of course Berlin is not just about the wall. We recently organised a trip for History Today magazine which explored a whole series of the tumultuous events in 20th Century Berlin. As with most Heritage trips, we included visits to the less well known places and the itinerary brought together a fine blend of art, architecture and political history.
2009 is the ideal time to discover or rediscover Berlin and we would be pleased to provide you with a series of inspiring ideas for a unique visit to help celebrate this 20th Anniversary. Please call us on 01225 466620.