Fort Worth "Declaring Space: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko," at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Sept. 30–Jan. 6; mamfw.org). This exploration of postwar abstraction through the work of four of its pioneers includes rare ensemble groupings of Rothko's work and an all-white Fontana installation.
San Francisco "Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson," at SFMoMA (through Feb. 24; sfmoma.org). The exhibition is the first U.S. survey of this Danish artist. Eliasson's installations have brought the effects of passing clouds, rainbows, and other phenomena indoors, posing questions about perception and experience.
Newport Beach, California "Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury," at the Orange County Museum of Art (Oct. 7–Jan. 6; ocma.net). Taking its title from Miles Davis's seminal recordings for Capitol Records, this ambitious exhibition explores the cultural ferment surrounding painting, architecture, furniture design, film, and music in California in the fifties and sixties.
Beijing " '85 New Wave Movement: The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art," at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Nov. 4–Feb. 28; ullens-center.org). The inaugural show examines the mid 1980's and 30 of the artists who brought Chinese art to world attention. The new venue houses a collection of more than 1,500 works—paintings to video. — Leslie Camhi
Fall 2007 sees openings of new buildings and major additions for museums throughout the United States, designed by some of the world's top architects. Meanwhile, in France, after three years of painstaking restoration, the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles may have more than recaptured its original resplendence.
Denver The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (mcartdenver.org), the first U.S. public institution by Londoner David Adjaye, opens its doors in Denver's historic LoDo district on October 28. Adjaye made a luminous box from etched gray glass and filled it with three levels of galleries. The premiere show, "Star Power: Museum as Body Electric," explores the body's relationship to architecture through the contemporary art of Chris Ofili, Wangechi Mutu, and Candice Breitz.
Detroit On November 23, the Detroit Institute of Arts (dia.org) returns after a top-to-bottom overhaul and a complete rehanging of its permanent collection. Michael Graves has designed a four-story addition to the 1927 main building by Paul Cret.
New York The much anticipated building for Manhattan's New Museum of Contemporary Art (newmuseum.org), by Tokyo's red-hot duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of sanaa, resembles a shifting stack of metal crates clad in aluminum mesh and delicately piled above the Bowery. It opens on December 1 with "Unmonumental," a show of sculpture, collage, sound, and new media.
Versailles The Hall of Mirrors (chateauversailles.fr), designed in 1678 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart for Louis XIV, debuted in June after a $16 million restoration. A regiment of artisans employed state-of-the-art processes to clean the paintings, gilding, marble, chandeliers, and 357 mirrors in the 240-foot-long gallery, which dazzles anew.—R.B.