Be on the lookout for these new art projects this coming spring.

The charming port city of Avilés, in northern Spain, has unveiled the Centro Niemeyer—designed by 103-year-old architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian poet of poured concrete. Programming at the cultural center includes art, opera, and film and kicks off this spring with “La Luz,” an exhibition about light curated by acclaimed Spanish film director Carlos Saura.

The Carlos Slim Foundation’s newest masterpiece? The Museo Soumaya, in Mexico City’s Polanco district. Architect Fernando Romero’s six-story building—a torqued pavilion of steel, glass, and aluminum—will house a collection ranging from old masters (Rubens; Tintoretto) to Modernist works (Picasso; Tamayo).

In Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company celebrates the $175 million renovation of its theater complex—and its 50th anniversary season—with stagings of King Lear (through April 2) and Hamlet (April 16–Oct. 6).


Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents “Maximum India” (March 1–20), which includes a program of contemporary Indian arts and culture. Highlights include The Manganiyar Seduction (March 19–20), with traditional Rajasthani music, and a rare screening of Devi (March 19), Satyajit Ray’s ravishing 1962 Bengali film about a woman who believes she’s the incarnation of a goddess.

New York City Ballet is mounting a new production of Kurt Weill’s ballet-with-song The Seven Deadly Sins (May 11–15), choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. The company has a special claim on this acerbic work: its 1933 Paris premiere was directed by the young George Balanchine, who revived the production for NYCB in 1958. On both occasions the singer was the legendary Austrian Lotte Lenya, a role that will be played by Patti LuPone.

Though “collaborative poetry” may sound like an oxymoron (or a cocktail party game), Crossing State Lines (FSG; from $15) is exactly that: a single poem composed by 54 of America’s top writers, including Robert Pinsky, C. D. Wright, and Adrienne Rich. With contributions that span the country and cover everything from the American landscape to foreclosed-upon neighborhoods and the White House, it’s a meditative portrait in verse of the United States today.

By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff