Karen Walker’s must-visit art galleries from around the world

As she launches a capsule travel collection celebrating the Auckland Art Gallery’s exhibition on Frances Hodgkins, Karen Walker shares her favourite galleries from around the world.

Twentieth-century trailblazer Frances Hodgkins never settled for anything less than artistic brilliance. On the 150th anniversary of her birth, fellow creative wanderer Karen Walker has revealed a collectable travel range in her honour. In association with the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmak’s exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, it showcases some of the artist’s most inspired works from the path less travelled.

The collaboration is a serendipitous occasion for the fashion designer, who has been frequenting the Auckland Art Gallery for as long as she can remember. “It’s definitely one of my favourite galleries in the world and I think one of the jewels in Auckland’s crown,” says Karen.

While discussing the collection in Fashion Quarterly Issue 2, 2019, the conversation naturally turned to Karen’s love of art. “My approach to art is that it has to give you that little shot of electricity,” she says. “When I travel, if I’m in a city for two or three days I always try to schedule a half day or a full day free; that’s my chance to just go and explore, and the top of the list is always an art gallery.”

Here Karen Walker shares her little art notebook on the places she always makes time to visit:


National Portrait Gallery, London
The Wallace Collection, London

United States

Guggenheim, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Neue Galerie, New York
The Getty, Los Angeles


Musee D’Orsay, Paris


Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer
Photos: Bauer Syndication