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In Ocula City Art Guides, you will find a list of our recommended art spaces in the world's greatest art cities.

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Working with the leading contemporary art galleries worldwide, Ocula also offers access to information about the best exhibitions in these cities. You can view installation images of current and past exhibitions. You can also research and learn more about artists showing in your city and view images of artworks on show.

We cover the major contemporary art hubs of Shanghai, Paris, New York, London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Singapore, Los Angeles and more. These cities host important international contemporary art fairs, biennales, significant institutional and non-profit shows, and cutting-edge contemporary art galleries.

New York City is an art epicentre, offering the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to streets of galleries in Chelsea and the Lower East Side and elsewhere, The Armory Show and Frieze New York—both important international art fairs—are excellent reasons to visit the city.

Shanghai hosts major art fairs Art021 and West Bund Art & Design, and the prestigious Shanghai Biennale. Hong Kong hosts Art Basel in March, and all year you can view shows and artworks by leading international artists in galleries such as Hauser & Wirth and White Cube, as well as in institutional spaces like important art museum M+ and trailblazer non-profit Para Site.

Singapore's National Gallery Singapore and Tokyo's Mori Art Museum are must-sees for access to work by Asia's established and rising art stars.

London, Seoul and Los Angeles also all host iterations of Frieze art fair each year, drawing art lovers from around the world into their orbit. Los Angeles presents Frieze LA in December, as well as a thriving art scene all year around. While Seoul hosts in September and London in October.

In addition to visiting London for Frieze, the city's rich cultural heritage includes Tate Modern, the Serpentine Gallery and the artistic havens of Shoreditch and Hackney.

In Europe, Berlin and Paris are essential destinations for any art enthusiast. Berlin, defined by history and creativity, boasts the Hamburger Bahnhof and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, amidst the independent galleries of Mitte and Kreuzberg. The annual Berlin Gallery Weekend is also something worth adding to your checklist.

Paris, the birthplace of modern art, presents the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, and the vibrant gallery scene of the Marais district.

Are you seeking art in the southern hemisphere? Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is a must-see, as is Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The latter is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works.

Chicago, with its Museum of Contemporary Art and the galleries of the West Loop, offers an inspiring art experience. Discover the world's top art destinations and immerse yourself in each city's best museums and galleries.

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