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Our trusted study leaders and lecturers will introduce you to the world's artistic treasures.

With the Art Institute as your guide, embark on a voyage to uncover the globe's diverse cultural traditions.


Art and Culture in the New South Africa

Art and Culture in the New South Africa

April 23–May 3, 2017

South Africa is a geographically spectacular, economically vibrant, and socially complex country. Join fellow museum members as we travel through this magnificent country on a one-of-a-kind program designed especially for the Art Institute of Chicago. Our trip begins in Cape Town, South Africa’s fourth-largest city. Enriched by Dutch, British, and Cape Malay influences, the cosmopolitan atmosphere is a unique blend of cultures. Enjoy private meetings, gallery visits, and wonderful excursions to the area around Cape Town, including the Cape Winelands and Cape Peninsula. Tour Robben Island—also known as Seal Island—a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s most revered national monuments. Enjoy two days of game viewing and camp activities at Kruger National Park, including game drives in open safari vehicles and bush walks alongside a trained guide, to explore the area’s wildlife. Our program ends in Johannesburg with a visit Constitution Hill, Soweto (South Western Township), and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Visits to artist studios and prominent galleries complete this art-filled itinerary. Accompanying us will be visual artist and popular Art Institute study leader Regina Mamou.

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Ancient Civilizations along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas

Ancient Civilizations along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas

September 19–27, 2016

Cruise from Venice along the stunning Dalmatian coast to Athens with Art Institute study leader Cynthia Noble. This itinerary explores the cultural and artistic influences of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations. Tour Diocletian’s Palace, Dubrovnik’s 15th-century walled city, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, Corfu’s Old Town, and ancient Delphi.

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Art Treasures of Japan, Featuring the Setouchi Triennial

Art Treasures of Japan, Featuring the Setouchi Triennial

October 10–21, 2016

Delve into the fascinating contrasts between old and new Japan. Visit the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, the Kinkakuji Temple, and I. M. Pei’s Miho Museum. Tour the Setouchi TriennIal, a contemporary art fair held on the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Conclude in Tokyo with a visit to its oldest temple, Sensoji, and an exploration of the city’s emerging contemporary art and design scene.

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Art Treasures of Japan, Featuring the Setouchi Triennial

A Connoisseur's Mexico:
Art, Archeological, and Architectural Treasures of Mexico City

JANUARY 17–23, 2017

Join Annie Morse on this artistic and architectural exploration of Mexico City, a city blessed with significant art and architecture, fantastic museums, numerous archeological wonders, and unique cuisine. This itinerary focuses on pre-Hispanic and contemporary art and architecture, and includes a tour of the unforgettable Museo de Arte Popular, located in a spectacular Art Deco firehouse; an afternoon at the Museo de Bellas Artes, home to outstanding murals by David Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo; and a morning at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the largest museum in Latin America and one of the great anthropological museums of the world. An hour’s drive to Teotihuacán follows, along with a morning spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose ruins are among the most remarkable in Mexico. Next, visit the Museo Soumaya, which houses Carlos Slim’s collection of over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art, and see the Colección Jumex, designed by British architect David Chipperfield. At the Museo Dolores Olmedo, view an excellent collection of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in a magnificent hacienda setting. Continue to Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Coyoacán, a historic museum dedicated to her life and work.

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