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Robert Wilson's Travel Tips

It's Better in Texas I love the museums in Texas—they're remarkable for their lighting. One of the most successful is the Menil Collection in Houston, by Renzo Piano, which provides rich simplicity and a beautiful mix of artificial and natural light. I love the scale of the building—the way it's situated in a neighborhood of little wooden houses painted the same gray as the museum. I also like the Rothko Chapel, which Philip Johnson designed, and the Cy Twombly Gallery, also by Piano. Louis I. Kahn was one of the best architects for light, and his Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth—with vaulted ceilings and integrated daylighting—is another favorite of mine. The new Beck building of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is also a wonderful crafting of space and light, by Rafael Moneo. And I'm a great admirer of Tadao Ando, who's designing the new Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth, so I'm looking forward to that opening next month.

Best Hotels For years I've stayed at the Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich. They always give me an extra room to use as a studio. I like the service, quiet, and comfortable beds of the Hong Kong and Singapore Ritz-Carltons. I love Amanpuri, on Phuket—especially villa 15, because it has water views and cool breezes.

Be Here Now The world is my library and inspiration. For me, there's no separation between work and travel.

Robert Wilson's new production of Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten opens December 9 at the Opéra National de Paris, Bastille (33-8/36-69-78-68).

Though he couldn't be more modern, Robert Wilson has a yen for ancient ceramics and carvings. Here, a few of his favorite shops around the world.
Daeng Iskander Indonesian pieces, stone sculpture, wooden ancestral figures. 99B jl. Tangkuban Perahu Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 62-361/731-109
Jim's Antique Co. Shop Neolithic Chinese objects. No. 8, G/F, 183 Hollywood Rd., central, Hong Kong 852/2858-5576
Rabier Cy Art African and pre-Columbian antiquities. 8—10 Rue des Minimes, Brussels, Belgium; 32-2/512-8674
Alain de Monbrison African tribal pieces. 2 rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris 33-1/46-34-05-20


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