EUROPE London Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600 Royal Academy of Arts (through April 12). "A storm on horseback" was how one chronicler described the successive waves of Turkish warriors who swept from China to the Mediterranean, leaving in their wake magnificent architecture, paintings, manuscripts, and textiles. This unprecedented survey traces the legacy of conquerors whose influence spanned East and West and lasted a millennium. Lee Miller: Portraits National Portrait Gallery (Feb. 3-May 30). The American photographer Lee Miller's glamorous and engaged life led her from a successful New York modeling career to Surrealist circles in Paris to the front lines of World War II, which she photographed as a correspondent for British Vogue. In addition to her documents of war, this exhibition showcases her portraits of friends, lovers, and cultural luminaries such as Picasso and Man Ray. Stockholm Munch by Himself Moderna Museet (Feb. 19-May 15). A fascinating look at the development of Edvard Munch's self-portraits, from the Norwegian painter's early, elegant portrayals of himself as a striking fin de siècle dandy, to his intensely Expressionistic representations of the artist as victim or skeptic. Málaga Picasso/Toros Museo Picasso Málaga (March 31-July 3). The art of bullfighting, with its mixture of sensuality and violence, and the bull, that icon of snorting, heaving masculine desire, inspired Picasso throughout his long career. This focused show of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from collections in Europe and the U.S., examines his passion for la corrida.
UNITED STATES New York Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings Metropolitan Museum of Art (through April 3). Celebrity, diplomat, and court painter, Peter Paul Rubens was also a master draftsman whose vibrant renderings of man and beast reveal in intimate form the progress of his singular talent. The retrospective focuses on these drawings and includes dozens that have never before left Vienna's Albertina Museum. Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper Whitney Museum of American Art (through May 8). New York art lovers have eagerly awaited this survey of works by American master Cy Twombly, whose haunting, delicate, and profoundly mysterious images, evoking sources as diverse as Abstract Expressionism, the classical world, and Neolithic cave paintings, have arrived at the Whitney after a lengthy European tour. Baltimore SlideShow Baltimore Museum of Art (Feb. 27-May 15). In the 1960's, slide shows—previously confined to darkened living rooms—became fertile fields for artistic experimentation. This groundbreaking exhibition explores the aesthetics of a nearly obsolete technology with avant-garde works by an international group of artists and photographers, including Nan Goldin and Dan Graham. Philadelphia Salvador Dalí Philadelphia Museum of Art (Feb. 16-May 15). Despite Dalí's immense public acclaim, his impact on contemporary art remains underestimated. This retrospective, ranging over seven decades of subversive and Surrealist activity, includes 150 paintings, as well as sculptures, drawings, films, theater designs, writings, and collaborations. Chicago Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye Museum of Contemporary Art (Feb. 12-June 5). An ambitious museum-wide survey explores the links between tourism and contemporary art, focusing on a range of globally mobile artists, such as Maurizio Cattelan, Anish Kapoor, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, who make work in response to their experience of different cultures. Expect visual pleasure and intellectual delights. Santa Monica Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile Getty Center (Feb. 1-April 24). One of three exhibitions at the Getty devoted to the preeminent artist of the French Revolution and his colleagues, who, like him, found inspiration in both Roman classical models and contemporary upheavals. This is the first to examine David's late career as propagandist to Napoleon and his exile in Belgium.
Here and abroad, arts institutions are unveiling gleaming new buildings and striking expansions of their existing sites.
UNITED STATES Strathmore, Maryland William Rawn Associates, which created the "modern barn" look of Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, designed the new 1,978-seat concert hall known as the Music Center at Strathmore (www.strathmore.org), located just outside the Beltway in North Bethesda, to suggest the area's hilly landscape. The maple seating (which wraps around the concert platform), walls and floor of red birch, and bronze mesh on the walls all promise resonant acoustics. On February 5, conductor Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra inaugurate the year-round performing arts center with a premiere by American composer Michael Hersch. Minneapolis The Walker Art Center (www.walkerart.org), a Midwestern temple of Modernism housed since 1971 in an Edward Larrabee Barnes brick building, opens a major expansion on April 17. The Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron doubled the museum's size with new galleries, a 385-seat theater, a renovated cinema, and a restaurant from Wolfgang Puck. They also added a high-tech luster, with embossed aluminum-mesh panels and a 60-foot-long ribbon of etched glass along Hennepin Avenue that doubles as a giant video screen.