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Art and Architecture (LIS-2943CI)
Circle of Interest Fare: $355 per person

There is often a very fine line that divides art from architecture, and artists' influences can inspire the architecture as well. Two prime examples of this will be examined in our voyage from Monte Carlo to Dover. We will be guided through two works of "art," both in architecture and the art contained inside. This Circle of Interest will delve into the harmonies between both disciplines at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon.

Host: Lisa Hahn is President and Founder of Art Horizons International, a special interest tour company that promotes the arts with unique educational travel programs and study tours focusing on art, architecture, and the performing arts. After studying Classical Archaeology at Princeton University and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Lisa attended New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She studied acting and directing with Joseph Chaikin, founder of The Open Theatre, and playwriting with Jean Claude van Itallie. She is a Trustee of SUNY New Paltz and is on the board of The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. In addition to her responsibilities at Art Horizons International, she personally conducts art and cultural tours around the world.

On board: On June 9, join Lisa for a welcome reception and meet your fellow Circle of Interest guests. On the afternoon of June 14, Lisa will present a private lecture titled "Architecture for a New Millennium," examining the latest tendencies in modern architecture. Special attention will be given to the development of modern architecture in Spain and Portugal, especially Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon. On the evening of June 16 at a private dinner for the group, Lisa will facilitate a discussion on the role between auction houses and museums becoming increasingly unclear, and the major museum directors who have migrated to the auction world.

On shore: From the port of Lisbon on June 13, join Lisa for a special visit to the new Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Center, located about 35 minutes from Lisbon in the seaside village of Cascais. This dramatic 20,000 square foot art space focuses on contemporary Portuguese and international art and was designed by a Lisbon architect. Portuguese artist Paula Rego's artwork led to the creation of the foundation, and her work is shown in its own gallery space. If present at the Center, she will discuss her work with the Circle. The Director of the Center, Manual Gonzalez, is a close friend of Lisa and will lead the group through the Ellipse for a behind-the-scenes experience. Rego personally brought Gonzales to the Ellipse from the Chase Corporate Art Collection where he was an advisor to art clients. After our visit to the Ellipse Foundation, we will drive to Sintra, one of Portugal's oldest towns. As we explore this delightful mountain village, we will come to the 14th-century Sintra Palace. This twin-chimney building, a combination of Moorish and Gothic architectural styles was once the summer residence of Portuguese kings. Lunch will then be served at the Hotel Tivoli Sintra, famous for its spectacular views through panoramic windows. Before returning to the ship, an orientation drive of Lisbon will be given.

From the port of Bilbao on June15, we will begin our adventure in both art and architecture at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the Museum represents an amazing feat of construction. One side runs down to the Nervión River, 53 feet below the level of the rest of the city of Bilbao, and one end is pierced by Puente de La Salve, one of the main access routes into the city. Dr. Robert Mattison, an art and architectural historian from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, will guide us through this structure. We will discuss the brilliant and innovative architectural features that Gehry accomplished with glass and with all elements of design. We will also look at one of the most idiosyncratic features of Gehry's design - the Atrium, with a stream of light spring from the skylight. The architectural play of forms, the titanium surface and the CAD (computer aided design) elements of the curved structure and curved windows will all be discussed and shown. The mathematical complexity of the design was done with computers. In addition, a curator will join us and walk us through the highlights of the art exhibit in this infamous museum. After the museum visit, we will enjoy a lunch of local delicacies and some time on your own to explore the city of Bilbao. Return with the group or take the Regent shuttle back to the ship.

Please note: Guests should be able to walk over uneven and cobbled surfaces. The pace will be leisurely with stops but will be maintained so as not to miss any of the sights. This tour is not recommend for anyone other then the physically fit.

Terms & Conditions
This Circle of Interest must be pre-purchased and is not included in the regular tour program. Contact your travel consultant or RSSC Reservations at 800.285.1835 to purchase. You may also check upon embarkation to see if space is still available on this limited, exclusive program. A 100% cancellation penalty applies to Circles of Interest programs cancelled within 60 days of departure.

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