PARIS Once Upon a Time, Walt Disney Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (through Jan. 15). Who knew that Pinocchio's village, in the Disney film, was modeled on the medieval city of Rothenburg, in Bavaria, or that its creator found inspiration for Fantasia in the landscapes of the Swiss Symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin?More revelations are in store as the French tackle this major American icon, his sources, and his influence on contemporary art. DRESDEN Oriental Gallery Zwinger Museum (opens Oct. 15). The Polish king Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) wanted an entire castle to house his unparalleled trove of East Asian porcelain, but he might have settled for architect Peter Marino's luxurious redesign of the 18th-century Zwinger's Northern Gallery. CASCAIS The Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection (opens Oct. 15). This seaside town outside of Lisbon will be transformed into a world-class contemporary-art destination when a 20,000-square-foot exhibition space opens in a former warehouse this fall, featuring an impressive roster of talents both homegrown (João Onofre) and international (Thomas Struth).
NEW YORK Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Jan. 7). Dealers, those unsung heroes of art, are finally receiving their due: witness this exhibition devoted to Ambroise Vollard, the visionary Parisian gallerist who helped give Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and a host of others their start. Also at the Metropolitan, Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920's (Nov. 14-Feb. 18) brings together 100 paintings and drawings by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and George Grosz that illuminate an era whose artists danced on the edge of a volcano. Ehon: The Artist and the Book in Japan New York Public Library (Oct. 20-Feb. 4); Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art China Institute (through Feb. 24). The New York Public Library surveys 14 centuries of Japanese books, by authors ranging from an eighth-century empress to the precursors of present-day anime. And the China Institute explores the bookish preoccupations of some of China's hottest art stars. PHILADELPHIA Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 Philadelphia Museum of Art (through Dec. 31). The immense cultural exchanges initiated by Columbus's voyage and continuing through the dawn of Latin American independence are the focus of this panoramic exhibition featuring 260 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, feather work, gold and silver objects, furniture, and textiles, from the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish viceroyalties that stretched from Mexico to Argentina. ATLANTA Kings as Collectors High Museum of Art (Oct. 14-Sept. 7, 2007). The Old World meets the New South, as treasures from French royal collections travel to Atlanta through a three-year partnership with the Louvre. This first installment includes paintings by Rembrandt, Velázquez, and Poussin, as well as Raphael's portrait of that expert courtier Baldassare Castiglione. MILWAUKEE Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity Milwaukee Art Museum (through Jan. 1). The Biedermeier style's surprisingly modern, spare refinement, which spread through Germany and Austria between 1815 and 1830, is highlighted in this sumptuous exhibition featuring more than 400 works of decorative and fine art. CLEVELAND Barcelona & Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí Cleveland Museum of Art (Oct. 15-Jan. 7). Modern art can seem a Parisian invention, but this landmark exhibition makes a case for the Catalonian capital as the cradle of the new in painting, sculpture, architecture, and design over the course of 71 years. DALLAS Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art Dallas Museum of Art (Nov. 21-May 20). Three Dallas couples have bequeathed their collections of postwar and contemporary art (numbering more than 900 works in all, one of them a house designed by Richard Meier) to their hometown museum. This two-part exhibition, showcasing their gifts, includes paintings by Lucio Fontana, Mark Rothko, and Gerhard Richter, as well as works by emerging artists. LOS ANGELES Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai J. Paul Getty Museum (Nov. 14-Mar. 4). Precious Byzantine icons from the sixth-century monastery of Saint Catherine, in the Sinai desert—founded near the spot where Moses is said to have communed with God—have been jealously guarded by its monks for generations. Now pilgrims to the Getty can commune with them.—Leslie Camhi