|Where to Look|
To see the work that is creating all this art-world buzz, it's best to check out both galleries and more off-beat sites in cities you're visiting.
To get a feeling for how off-the-wall, over-the-top funny the London art scene is, don't miss Sensations: "Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection," on view at the main galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. This is a good place to find Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman and other young artists who epitomize the vitality and inventiveness of the British scene. The Approach, White Cube, Whitechapel and the Tate Millbank are also galleries not to be missed.
Also, look for warehouse shows, which have become an institution. Most often, they turn up in East London and the edge of the City in the Old Street area.
Contemporary art is flourishing elsewhere in Britain. Check out the Manchester City Art Galleries or installations at the Cornerhouse Gallery. In Glasgow, both the Compass and Tramway galleries are a good reflection of the local art scene. In Wales, the Chapter Arts Centre and the Fotogallery in Cardiff zoom into mixed-media. The Museum of Modern Art Wales is also worth a visit.
All across Europe, art is heavily influenced by the culture of mass media. You can count on seeing a good many of the new multimedia installations next year at the World Expo in Lisbon, during the preliminary Festival of 100 Days, which runs from Feb. 12 to May 21. There's also a lot of exciting new work at the Center of Modern Art where the emphasis is on Portuguese modernists. The museum's palm-shaded grounds with its wonderful sculpture park are a delight.