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“In Munich, culture is tradition. It is internationally renowned for its Pinakotheks, the Museum Brandhorst and the Lenbachhaus. One of Munich’s most exciting galleries is Häusler Contemporary, with conceptual paintings and sculptures. It is located in Maximilianstraße, and from there you can walk to other galleries or the art quarter. My secret tip is the Museum for Casts of Classical Statues in the House of Cultural Institutes.

A visit to Munich’s National Theatre is still a must. It is really one of Europe’s grand opera houses, and afterwards I’d recommend dinner at Dallmayr. It is also magnificent for breakfast, because the coffee is kept in porcelain pots from the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.”

When visiting Munich this winter, seek out these enthralling exhibitions.

Cy Twombly: In the Studio at Museum Brandhorst

A vast retrospective featuring over 200 works by celebrated American painter, photographer and sculptor, Cy Twombly, this exhibition is the most comprehensive collection of his art in Europe. Expressive and abstract, his paintings inspire the imagination.

Until 26th August 2018

Judy Ledgerwood, Every Day is Different at Häusler Contemporary

On display for the first time are American artist, Judy Ledgerwood’s ceramics, created at the famous Nymphenburg porcelain factory. Her bold, colourful amphorae are complemented by her vivid paintings, also on display.

Until 12th January 2018

Il Tratico at Bayerische Staatsoper

Puccini’s iconic tryptic of one-act operas premieres at Munich’s State Opera this December. From the middle ages to the 20th century, the pieces are entwined by themes of mortality. It’s conducted by Bavarian State Opera’s Kirill Petrenko.

Until 1st January 2018

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René Magritte, Painted into the Story of Brussels

When considering the wonderful, whimsical world of surrealist artist René Magritte, Brussels lies at the start. Belgium’s capital is where he won his first solo exhibition, where a chance meeting led him to the love of his life, and where he spent the majority of his prolific career. The two are irrevocably intertwined. 

Celebrate Christmas Like a Bright Young Thing

To help you get into the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up a few of the supper spots, bars and shopping districts attracting a younger crowd in London, Rome and Munich.