Haute couture

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is the only venue in the United States for an acclaimed traveling exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s world-renowned costume collection. The show, which opened in London in 2007 and has been seen in Australia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, centers on the glamorous decade of Paris and London couture between …

French painting

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Visitors to the left coast this summer can get a taste of the left bank, thanks to exhibitions on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The de Young Museum is showing the stunning Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, which includes some one hundred iconic examples from that Paris museum, which is partially closed for …

Paris prepares for the 25th Biennale des Antiquaires

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Fall Preview: Paris prepares for the 25th Biennale des Antiquaires Preparations for the Biennale des Antiquaires, which will open on September 15 in Paris’s Grand Palais, are well underway. Although it is the twenty-fifth edition of the Biennale, it is the first under the direction of Hervé Aaron of Didier Aaron, who is the new president of France’s Syndicat National …

Normandy: An impressionist summer

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Normandy: An impressionist summer Upper and Lower Normandy join together for a massive summer-long celebration of impressionism at museums and cultural institutions throughout the two provinces. One highlight is the exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, which unites eleven of Claude Monet’s paintings of the cathedral and includes about thirty depictions of the city by Camille Pissarro. More …

Limoges European ceramics

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Limoges: European ceramics The city of Limoges, in collaboration with the Musée national Adrien Dubouché in Limoges and the Réunion des musées nationaux, nods proudly to its centuries-old reputation as a porcelain center with an exhibition about European ceramics. If objects from Limoges abound, the show, which includes over four hundred pieces dating from the seventeenth century to the present …

Chantilly: The Musée Condé remembers Henri IV

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Chantilly: The Musée Condé remembers Henri IV. The Musée Condé at the Château de Chantilly, less than an hour north of Paris and accessible by the RER train line, commemorates the four hundredth anniversary of the assassination of the French king Henri IV with an exhibition devoted to this perennially popular monarch. Rich in paintings of the family, lovers, enemies, …

The Ashmolean Crossing Cultures–Crossing Time

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The Ashmolean: Crossing Cultures–Crossing Time This summer the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the oldest public museum in the United Kingdom, hosts its first major temporary exhibition in the new four-hundred-square-meter space designed for this purpose as part of the museum’s expansion and renovation. The show, entitled The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000– 3500 bc …

The Victoria and Albert Museum New Ceramics Study Galleries

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The Victoria and Albert Museum: New Ceramics Study Galleries The Victoria and Albert Museum has just opened its new Ceramics Study Galleries, which include more than 26,500 objects spanning almost the entire history of ceramic production from 30,000 bc to the present day. Sir Aston Webb’s bronze-framed wall cases of 1909, created for the original Ceramics Galleries, have been refurbished …

The British Museum Italian Renaissance drawings

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The British Museum: Italian Renaissance drawings The British Museum unites fifty Italian Renaissance drawings from the Uffizi’s staggering collections with a similar number drawn from its own formidable holdings. Focusing on the development of drawing in Italy between 1400 and 1510, the exhibition incorporates works by Fra Angelico, Jacopo and Gentile Bellini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, Andrea …

England Old world collectors and collecting

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Silver curator and dining historianPhilippa Glanville hasassembled an insightful display oftable objects and related documentsthat elucidate the eating rituals ofthe dukes of Portland—and of theirextensive staffs. The elegance offormal entertainments given by thiseminent family is seen through suchimportant creations as a pair ofDutch silver water fountains ofabout 1681 by Adam Loofs forWilliam of Orange; an extensivecollection of porcelain ice pails …