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Cura/genda designs art travel experiences in parallel to major contemporary art events around the world for a discerning clientele. We are based in New York and work with a global network of partners. 

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Art Tours New York & Paris

Helen Wu


We are excited to announce that Curagenda now offers year-round art tours in New York and Paris. Led by our Specialist guides, tours will still be focussed around contemporary art, which can have quite broad themes, with other added perspectives such as food, architecture, design etc. And always with our personalized hospitality that distinguishes us. 

All tours are tailormade to the client’s interest and for varoius levels of art knowledge, so whether you’re a seasoned art connoisseur, curious art lover or culture seeker, we can craft the perfect tour for you. 

Book our standard 2-hour art tour here or challenge us with a special commission - a specialized tour event focused around your specific needs.


Photo Recap: Lower East Side Galleries Specialist-Led Tour + Artist Brunch

Helen Wu

Curagenda presents its signature Lower East Side galleries tour and during the Armory Arts Week we had a special brunch event with artists. This Specialist guided tour features today’s prominent players shaping the LES contemporary art scene with first-hand insight of exhibitions on view from gallerists. The tour introduces 7 influential galleries and exhibitions hand selected by us.

Frieze NY - Contemporary Asia Art Tour Photo Recap

Helen Wu

For the 2016 Frieze New York edition, Curagenda partnered with the fair to offer several tours and hospitality packages including this Contemporary Asia Art Tour led by our Asia specialist - the art critic Iona Whittaker (of Randian Magazine). Here is a photo recap of the public day tour. Photos by Patrick Goth. 
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The Re-opening of Atelier Courbet in SoHo

Helen Wu

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Les Ateliers Courbet, the Master Craftsmen’s Gallery will unveil the newest work of Italian furniture designer Mario Milana. Conceived of in collaboration with Les Ateliers Courbet, the exhibition will debut a new series of Mario Milana's signature collection. Executed for the first time in brass, the collection also features a new palette of Italian leathers that have been selected to compliment the metal. Additionally, the event marks the re-opening of the Les Ateliers Courbet New York Showroom and Gallery which has undergone renovations in collaboration with real estate developer Ross Morgan and his team at the Little Red House.

Curator Sheena Wagstaff on the new Met Breuer museum

Helen Wu

via: Dwell

via: Dwell

Text by Ariella Budick
for the FT

My whole life, I’ve entered the Metropolitan Museum the same way: up the majestic stairs, through the vaulted lobby, then right towards Ancient Egypt, left towards Greece and Rome, or straight ahead, down a hallway of ancient bric-a-brac leading back to the Middle Ages. There’s something comforting about stepping off Fifth Avenue, with its hawkers, bus fumes and hot-dog smells, and into the distant past.

Starting in a half-dozen years, though, on completion of the new wing currently being designed by architect David Chipperfield, we’ll be able to plunge into the museum from a new Central Park entrance and find ourselves in the shocking present: face to face with a digital video installation, perhaps, or Jeff Koons’ latest big bauble.

Reorienting the Met falls to Sheena Wagstaff, the high-octane curator who chairs its modern and contemporary division. “For the first time you’ll be able to enter 5,000 years’ worth of human creativity from the portal of the modern — from the now — and go backwards. That’s pretty amazing,” she says.

Before the new wing is completed, however, the venerable museum is undertaking another giant shift. The Met is creating a new outpost, dedicated to modern and contemporary art, in the former Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue, a brutalist giant designed in 1966 by Marcel Breuer. As we sit and talk in the new Met Breuer, as it will be known, opening day on March 18 is sneaking up quickly and Wagstaff’s head swivels anxiously as workers mount lights and drill holes in the walls.

via: New York Times

via: New York Times

She talks like someone who is always late for a meeting. Her sentences gallop off in pursuit of her thoughts, and when she realises how long it’s been since her last full stop, she pauses, looking slightly alarmed. Ask what tempted her to give up her position as chief curator at Tate Modern and move to New York, and you get a rapid-fire biography that rewinds to her student days at the University of East Anglia, detours through Pittsburgh (where she worked at the Frick), and includes a mention of her children’s “slightly weird transatlantic accents”.

She lives according to onrushing deadlines and long-term plans. When the eight-year lease on the Breuer building expires, Wagstaff intends to move her department back to the mother ship and into the new wing. In the meantime, she has exhibitions to organise, a new corps of curators to wrangle, and an architectural design to steer. All of which merges into her real task: giving a slow-moving institution an entrée into the world of investor/collectors, young artists, unconsummated trends, blowout biennials and feverish prices. “I’ve been brought on as a kind of thought-leader. I hate that term — maybe you can substitute a better one?”

Read the complete article on FT:

The Met Breuer opens on March 18.