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Palm Springs and Seven Magic Mountains Art Journey

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Modernism Week & Seven Magic Mountains
Californian Desert Art Journey

 

Curagenda is delighted to present a 5-day sensorial journey to experience Seven Magic Mountains, the monumental artwork by Ugo Rondinone, James Turrell’s Akhob, Modernism Week and vintage culture of Palm Springs, expert guided architecture tours, VIP private house tours and events with locals, sound bath in the Californian desert, and the Las Vegas experience.

The journey begins with Modernism Week’s festivities in Palm Springs, the sunny paradise of California, where guests will also have a first view of the art show’s world-class collection of contemporary design, decorative and fine arts, and ending in Las Vegas where we visit Turrell’s antechamber light environment (think 2001: A Space Odyssey).

Travelers will return from the journey feeling inspired, nourished, calm and fulfilled.


Specialist-GUIDED TourS TO
Modernism Week
Seven Magic Mountains by Ugo Rondinone
Akhob by James Turrell
Sunnylands & Annenberg Estate
Neon Museum

Special Artist Studio


Destination Highlights
Palm Springs
Las Vegas
Joshua Tree
Mojave Desert



Wellness Retreat
Two Bunch Palm, Desert Hot Springs
SOUND BATH

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Palm Springs Modernism Week
 

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TRIP DATES
15 to 20 February 2018

3 days PALM SPRINGS
2 days CALIFORNIAN DESERT
 

ART JOURNEY PACKAGE
$4,500 pp single occupancy
$3,800 pp double occupancy

*SPECIAL PILOT PRICING. A private group of up to 10 travelers

**These are starting prices for standard rooms in hotels
Final price depends on room type


WHAT'S INCLUDED
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All hotel room fees • Daily breakfast • Departure Dinner (alcoholic beverage not included) • Lunch x2 • Welcome drink • Airport transfers • Private driver • Program activities on the set itinerary for Modernism Week • Day by day curated agenda • Entrances fees • Guided cultural and architecture tours • Artist studio visit • Networking opportunities • Pre-departure pack • Curagenda souvenir • Sound bath • Among others

 

HOW TO BOOK THIS JOURNEY
Booking this journey begins with a conversation with our specialist. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page to start planning your trip. We will then arrange for a phone call or a coffee if you are in New York to fine tune details of your tailormade itinerary.


SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
Ugo Rondinone

 
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Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale, site-specific installation by Ugo Rondinone that has been nearly five years in the making. The installation, comprised of seven individual towering sculptures, is situated on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15. Positioned within the Ivanpah Valley and surrounded by mountains, the piece will be on view for two years until May 2018.


Select Itinerary Highlights

SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
BY Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone, born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, lives and works in New York and has long embraced a fluid range of forms and media. By allowing himself such formal and thematic freedom, Rondinone creates the conditions for an expansive emotional range. His work has become recognized for its ability to channel both psychological expressiveness and profound insight in the human condition and the relationship between human being and nature. Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism and existentialism, his works encapsulate a “mental trinity” that has underpinned his art for more than twenty years. Recent solo shows include Carre d’Art, Nimes, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Secession, Vienna (2015), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, Museo Anahuacalli, Mexico (2014); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, M Museum, Leuven (2013)

 

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18th Annual Modernism Show VIP Preview Party

Be the first to preview and shop from this world-class collection of 85 premier national and international dealers with exquisite furniture, decorative and fine arts reflecting all design movements of the 20th century especially emphasizing midcentury modern. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Special presentations on significant architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright by luminaries including Alan Hess. Visit Palm Springs Modern Design Expo, a new event showcasing cutting-edge modern design and technology

The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour, Modernism Week’s signature tour. provides guests with an overview of significant buildings, and properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities. Led by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior perspectives of Desert Spanish and Midcentury Modern architecture, two predominant styles found in Palm Springs.


Akhob by James Turrell

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American artist James Turrell’s light environment, Akhob, quietly obliterates the world outside. Akhob, from the Amarna-period Egyptian for “pure water,” is the artist’s largest ganzfeld effect to date, arguably one of the largest permanent ganzfelds in the world. Staged in two colorfully lit chambers to prepare visitors for the sensing space, where they perceive a light-filled void of indeterminate dimension. Access is limited to four guests at time.

Presented by Louis Vuitton

“My work has no object, no image and no focus. With no object, no image and no focus, what are you looking at? You are looking at you looking. What is important to me is to create an experience of wordless thought.”
– James Turrell

 

Neon MUSEUM

The Neon Museum home to some of the most treasured and world-famous signs of Las Vegas, is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The museum's collection, displayed across a 2-acre indoor and outdoor area, consists of  the Neon Boneyard, housed within the former La Concha Motel lobby and the North Gallery.

 

Integratron Sound Bath

Not many buildings can claim to have been built under the instruction of aliens from Venus. The Integratron, however, is not your usual two-up, two-down. Located in the heart of California’s Mojave desert, the white-domed structure is set on an “intersection of powerful geomagnetic forces, that, when focused by the unique geometry of the building, concentrate and amplify the earth’s magnetic field.” In other words, expect some seriously good vibrations.

“Sound healing, or vibrational medicine, has grown in popularity, but there is no clinical proof it has any effect on the human body apart from alleviating stress.”

 

Two Bunch Palms Spa Experience

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Two Bunch Palms is one of the oldest hot mineral spring resorts in the country, and also the first carbon neutral resort in America. Two Bunch Palms is defined by: the mineral-rich waters, the Californian landscape (a view of the San Jacinto Mountains), the healing spa treatments, and the tranquility.

 
 Showcase Home Private Tours

Showcase Home Private Tours

 
 Local Artist  Phillip K Smith  Desert X site-specific installation Image by Lance Gerber

Local Artist Phillip K Smith
Desert X site-specific installation
Image by Lance Gerber


Wise to the fact that the New York art world can be difficult to navigate even for native New Yorkers, Curagenda’s founder, Helen Homan Wu will also tailor tours of the city according to your interests, taking in not just the city’s galleries, but collectors’ home. " The Telegraph Luxury


Inspirational exhibitions, installations and artistic movements selected by Cura/genda are made to influence your life and make it unforgettable, so pack your bags and go to the first event ! Fashion Plate Magazine


Las Vegas

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“Buy the ticket, take the ride ... and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

 
 

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