Current Exhibitions .  

Currently. . . .
10 grandi mostre: Raffaello. Da Firenze a Roma
- The first of a series of major exhibitions that will take place once a year at the Galleria Borghese until 2015 and that will include the following artists: Canova (2007), Correggio (2008), Bacon-Caravaggio (2009), Dossi (2010), Tiziano (2011), Cranach (2012), e ancora Bernini (2013), Domenichino (2014) and "I Borghese e l'antico (The Borgheses and the ancient world)" (2015). For this particular exhibition on Raphael the art gallery will show his ultra-famous "Deposition", as well as works from different museums. The "Madonna of the Candelabra" is on loan from Baltimore, the "Aldobrandini Madonna", "Saint Catherine" and "The Knight's Dream" from London, and the "Madonna with Child, St Jerome and St Francis" on loan from Berlin. This extraordinary exhibition will also include an important series of paintings and drawings by the artist.  At the Galleria Borghese, Rome,  Italy

June 2nd to August 6th
Nightwatching at the Rijksmuseum
- The Rijksmuseum's presentation of NIGHTWATCHING by Peter Greenaway, offers an exceptional theatrical perception of Rembrandt's greatest masterpiece, The Night Watch. Filmmaker Peter Greenaway shows the world-famous painting in an entirely new light, turning museum visitors into a theater audience and bringing the figures in The Night Watch to life, using light, sound and moving images. The presentation covers a total of three rooms in the Rijksmuseum. The final room contains props that show how it was possible to produce such a masterpiece in the Dutch Golden Age. Holland

June 5th - Opening
The Deutsches Historisches Museum
will present its extensive collection in the halls of the beautifully restored Zeughaus with a newly created permanent show open to the public.  Berlin,  Germany

June 6th to August 28th
Che Guevara: Revolutionary and Icon 
- The famous portrait of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Guerrillo Heroico, photographed by Alberto Korda on March 5, 1960, is considered to be the most reproduced image in the history of photography. This exhibition will focus on the history and legacy of that single image over the past 45 years bringing together photography, posters, films, fine art and clothing from more than thirty countries - from Madonna's album American Life and Jean-Paul Gaultier's sunglasses campaign to Vik Muniz's Che Frijol and Ricky Gervais's Politics dvd. Victoria & Albert Museum  London,  England

June 6th to September 3rd
The Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the arrival of Picasso's Guernica in Spain with the exhibition Picasso. Tradition and Avant-garde (6 June to 3 September 2006), in a year that also commemorates the 125th anniversary of the artist's birth.  In the Museo del Prado, of which Picasso himself was Director during the Spanish Civil War, the Central Gallery will be the setting for a unique and moving encounter between the artist and the great masters of the past. In the Reina Sofía the Guernica will be the focus for an examination of Picasso's artistic response to the dramatic political events of the day.  Madrid,  Spain

June 6th to November 12th
Groovy Graphics
- The explosion of graphic talent in the '60s  will be celebrated in this display of posters, magazines, record sleeves, photographs and badges from 1965 to 1972. On show will be psychedelic posters  and now rare work for magazines like Oz.  At the Victoria & Albert Museum,  London,  England

June 6th to December
Sixties Fashion
- 40 years after Time Magazine's famous 1966 'Swinging London' cover, the V&A explores the Swinging Sixties.  The display looks at the influence of Mary Quant on other designers who retailed in Carnaby Street and the Kings Road, including designs by Jean Muir, Ossie Clark and Barbara Hulanicki's Biba.  Iconic pieces by Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent will represent responses of the Paris couturiers.  At the Victoria & Albert Museum  London,  England

June 6th to January 7th, 2007
Sixties Fashion
- Sponsored by Miss Selfridge - 40 years after Time Magazine's famous 1966 'Swinging London' cover, the V&A looks at the Swinging Sixties.  The display shows the influence of Mary Quant, of the designers who retailed in Carnaby Street and the Kings Road, and designs by Jean Muir, Ossie Clark and Barbara Hulanicki's Biba. Pieces by Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent will represent the response of Paris couturiers. At the Victoria and Albert Museum,  London,  England

June 7th to September 3rd
Rembrandt & Co: Dealing in Masterpieces.  I
n 2006, the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt, Dulwich Picture Gallery is mounting an exhibition devoted to the business of Rembrandt's art dealer, Hendrick Uylenburgh (c. 1584/9--1661) and his son Gerrit Uylenburgh (c.1625--1679).  Between 1625 and 1675 athey operated as art dealers and as owners of an important painters' workshop.  This period coincides exactly with the Dutch Golden Age, when the art of painting achieved its greatest heights.  The exhibition will show 18 Rembrandts from this period along with his contemporaries.  Dulwich Picture Gallery - London,  England

June 9th to September 
Cézanne in Provence
- The renovated Granet Museum in Aix- en-Provence hosts this exceptional exhibition, bringing together virtually all of the Provence works of the master from Aix. Nearly 120 pieces, canvasses and watercolors, from the most prestigious international museums, make this an exceptional opportunity to discover Cézanne's Provence-inspired works. Aix-en-Provence,  France

June 9th to September 24th
Kandinsky.   This exhibition focuses on the first half of the career of the great Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), on of the most important figures in the development of abstract art.  At the Tate Modern,  London,  England

June 14th through August 28th
Da Vinci "on tour" for Queen Elizabeth's 80th.
  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 80th birthday in 2006, and to mark the event, ten of the world's most important drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will travel to museums and galleries across the country.  Aberdeen Art Gallery,  Aberdeen,  Scotland

June 14th to September 17th
Howard Hodgkin
.   Major retrospective of the paintings of one of Britain's most celebrated living artists, featuring more than 60 works from the 1950's to the present day.  At the Tate Britain,  London,  England

to June 15th
Israel Museum Celebrates a Century of Israeli Art with Retrospective on Bezalel's Founding Father, Boris Schatz

Boris Schatz: Father of Israeli Art - The Israel Museum presents Boris Schatz: Father of Israeli Art, a retrospective exhibition celebrating the life work of Boris Schatz (1867 - 1932), founder of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem in 1906 and of the National Bezalel Museum, forerunner to the Israel Museum.  Over 70 paintings, sculptures, and historical documents - including works that have never been exhibited publicly and a handwritten draft of the Balfour Declaration - trace Schatz's achievement from the beginning of his career in Europe through his role in shaping the first chapter of modern Israeli art history.  On view at the Museum through June 15th, 2006, the exhibition inaugurates the celebration of Bezalel's Centennial.  Israel Museum - Jerusalem

to June 15th
Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art from Japan -  Comprehensive Survey of Contemporary Art in Japan
- The Israel Museum presents a wide-ranging view of Japanese contemporary art spanning various generations in the exhibition Rising Sun, Melting Moon, opening December 16, 2005, and on view through June 15, 2006. The exhibition features approximately sixty works by eighteen artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and on-site installation. Examples of traditional Japanese art are also juxtaposed as cultural and historical references to contemporary works on display.  Jerusalem,  Israel

June 15th to September 18th
American Artists and the Louvre
- Explore the significant artistic links between the United States and France through a study of 60 paintings, drawings, engravings, and sculptures of American art related to France and the Louvre dating from 1710 to the 19th century.  Paris,  France

June 17th to October 1st
Travelers keen on beholding works meant only for the likes of Russian Czars can do so at Tempere's historic "museum central" Vapriikki to see The Era of Faberge.   Carl Faberge, a goldsmith for 2 Tsars, Alexander III and Nicholas II, created the biggest enterprise of his time.  Spectacular examples of Faberge's Imperial Easter Eggs from collections of the Kremlin in Moscow and pieces by Finnish master goldsmiths working with Faberge are part of the exhibit.  Tampere,  Finland

to June 18th
Rembrandt - Carvaggio
- To mark the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birthday in 2006, the Van Gogh Museum presents an exhibition by the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum featuring a remarkable confrontation between the two geniuses of Baroque art:  Rembrandt van Rijn and his Italian counterpart, Carvaggio.  In this first exhibition over 25 monumental paintings, by the masters of chiaroscuro, from various international museums provide a visual spectacle with powerful images of love, emotion and passion.  Rembrandt - Carvaggio shows exclusively in Amsterdam.

to June 18th
Giorgio Morandi and British Artists at the Estorick Collection -   Morandi's Legacy:  Influences on British Art
is a groundbreaking exhibition which explores his influence on British artists by juxtaposing a number of his paintings, drawings and etchings with works by such well known and diverse figures as Patrick Caulfield, Paul Coldwell, Tony Cragg, Michael Craig-Martin, David Hockney, Christopher Le Brun, Ben Nicholson, William Scott, Euan Uglow, Rachel Whiteread, Victor willing and Paul Winstanley.  On view at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art London,  England

June 18th to September 17th
Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting
- The National Gallery of Art is the premiere venue for a major new international exhibition of more than 50 masterpieces from the most exciting period of the Renaissance in Venice. One of the most admired masterworks of the Renaissance, Titian's Pastoral Concert (“Concert Champêtre”) (c. 1510), is being lent by the Louvre to the United States for the first time. The exhibition also features significant works from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; The National Gallery, London; the Museo del Prado, Madrid; and the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.   special installation in the exhibition in Washington will focus on conservation and, specifically, the new discoveries made by using technology such as x-radiographs and infrared reflectograms. The ways in which Venetian painters mixed and layered colors to achieve brilliant effects is also discussed by examining the wide range of pigments and colorants sold by vendecolori (color sellers) to Venetian craftsmen, including dyers, glassmakers, and glass painters. National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

June 22nd to October 1st
Kandinsky:  The Path to Abstraction 1908 - 1922 -
This will be the first exhibition in London for a generation to focus on the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944), one of the most important figures in the evolution of abstraction.  It will include 50 paintings and 30 works on paper and will examine the first half of Kandinsky's career, spanning his time in Munich and Murnau in the first decade of the 20th century, his return to Moscow in 1914 and his departure from there in 1922 for Weimar via Berlin, where he accepted a teaching post at the Bauhaus.  At the Tate - London,  England

June 24th to November 26th
Bejewelled by Tiffany, 1837-1987 -
Famous for its glamour, creative design and fine craftsmanship, Tiffany & Co. was founded in New York in 1837. This exhibition introduces the history of the company with some 170 glittering pieces many of which have never before been on public display.  The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House - London,  England

to June 25th
Dreaming of Italy
- The sun will be shining in the Mauritshuis in the spring! The museum presents the exhibition Dreaming of Italy, which highlights artists' love of Italy - the country of light, warmth, art and culture – throughout the centuries. The many facets of Italy's appeal are disclosed by means of approximately 50 exceptional masterpieces.  Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague,  The Netherlands 

to June 25th
Michelangelo Drawings:  Closer to the Master
- Drawing on the outstanding collections of the British Museum, the Ashmolean and the Teyler Museum in Haarlem, Michelangelo Drawings is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the evolution of some of the world's most celebrated artworks.  The exhibition traces sixty years of Michelangelo's stormy life, from intimate studies made when he was in his early twenties to the visionary Crucifixion scenes carried out shortly before his death.  It reunites material not seen together since the dispersal of the artist's studio more than 400 years ago, offering a wholly different perspective on the defining genius of the Italian Renaissance.  At the British Museum,  London,  England

to June 25th
What Price Michelangelo's art? - Michelangelo:  Money and Medals.
Michelangelo:  money and medals offers a crucial perspective on Michelangelo's extraordinary life to preface the Museum's major spring exhibition Michelangelo Drawings:  Closer to the Master.  Through rare coins and medals from across Renaissance Italy, explore the political contexts and monetary transactions which shaped Michelangelo's career.  Discover how he combined ambition and frugality to become the richest and most sought after artist in Europe - paid 12 times his nearest rival, Titian.  And examine the medallic portraits of the powerful patrons and friends who appear in Michelangelo's work, alongside the only contemporary medial of the artist himself.  AT the British Museum.  London,  England

to June 25th
Dragons and Immortals: 17th Century Chinese Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and Butler Collections
-  Supported by Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd - A rare chance to see eighty exquisite vases, bowls and other objects from two renowned collections of Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain. At the Victoria & Albert Museum  London,  England

June 26th to September 18th
A Summer with Rembrandt
- The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague will give centre stage to Rembrandt in summer 2006. The museum's permanent collection includes ten of the world famous painter's most celebrated works. In a special presentation, the Mauritshuis will exhibit an impressive overview of Rembrandt's skills: from his early Simeon's song of praise (1631) to Self-portrait (1669, the year of his death). Both works were recently restored along with Homer (1663). The three paintings have undergone a wonderful metamorphosis thanks to their restoration. This will be the first time the public will be able to find out about the restoration processes and the findings of the technical examinations of the paintings. The restored paintings will be displayed prominently among Rembrandt's other works in the summer presentation. A richly illustrated booklet entitled Rembrandt in the Mauritshuis will be published to accompany the presentation. The Hague,  Holland

June 29th to September 17th
Oskar Kokoschka:  The Prometheus Triptych
- The Prometheus Triptych, the most important painting by Oskar Kokoschka in the United Kingdom , will be exhibited for the first time in a decade at the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London .  The exhibition will not only be the first devoted to the monumental Prometheus Triptych, one of Kokoschka's largest and most ambitious works, but will also offer visitors a rare opportunity in a museum or gallery to contemplate in isolation just one great work of art.  This exhibition is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London and will be officially opened by the Austrian Ambassador to the UK , Her Excellency Dr Gabriele Matzner-Holzer.  London,  England

to June 30th
Natasha Kissell -
Natasha Kissell's paintings use the landscape to trigger memories and associations.  They aim to celebrate her concern and love for the landscape.  At eleven - Fine Art,  London,  England

to July 2nd
Andy Warhol:  Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century -
Andy Warhol was a central figure in the development of Pop Art in the 1960's and he became widely celebrated for his paintings of soup cans, dollar notes and other images taken from popular culture.  By the 1980's, his work took on a retrospective character.  This display features one of this most important late works which pays homage to some of the great figures of the last century.  National Portrait Gallery,  London,  England

to July 2nd
Rembrandt - The quest of a Genius -
This retrospective exhibition of Rembrandt's work is one of the top attractions of the Rembrandt Year 2006.  Rembrandt is considered one of the great art innovators.  His unique oeuvre is the result of a life long artistic quest.  The exhibition illustrates this quest for the museum visitors.  Well over 50 paintings and 50 drawings and etchings shed new light on Rembrandt as a creative genius and the mainstay in an extremely productive studio.  Visitors of the exhibition will be allowed a peek in Rembrandt's "laboratory", where he enthusiastically supervised the dynamic artistic activity.  It goes without saying that special attention will be paid to the period 1639 - 1658, the years during which Rembrandt lived and worked in the Rembrandt House.  At the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam

to July 2nd
Prints of nature and Artifice:  Albrecht Altdorfer and Renaissance Regensburg
- Altdorfer spent most of his life in Regensberg, where he was employed as an architect and played a part in the political life of the city.  He is principally known as a painter and printmaker, and his patrons included Emperor Maximilian.  He made finely wrought wood cuts and engravings, mostly on a very small scale and a number of prints in the relatively new medium of etching.   At the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge,  England

to July 15th
Art Nouveau, The Bing House
- An outstanding exhibition presented by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts tells the story of Art Nouveau through some 400 objects that were traded or exhibited by the unrivalled collector Siegfried Bing.  Brussels,  Belgium

until July 15th
"Mini Israel": 70 Models, 45 Artists, One Space.
  Featuring 70 models of actual and imagined sites by contemporary Israeli artists, the exhibition presents artistic visions of social and personal reality in Israel.   At the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

to July 16th
Around the World in Eighty Days -
Presented simultaneously across two institutions, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the South London Gallery, Around the World in Eighty Days is a unique exhibition that takes Jules Verne's popular novel as its starting point and framework to explore the cultural diversity of artists living and working in London today and highlight the internationalism of the UK art scene. Includes talks, films and more.  London,  England

to July 23rd
The Royal Ballet at 75 -
This display marks the 75th anniversary of the Royal Ballet and comprises photographs of some of the key figures who shaped the Company and influenced British ballet in the 20th century.  It features portraits of the founder Ninette de Valois, choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan and dancers such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.  National Portrait Gallery.  London,  England

to July 23rd
Masterpieces of Classic Modernity 
- The Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen will star Masterpieces of classic modernity. On loan from the Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum in Hagen, the exhibition: "From Renoir to Feininger: Masterpieces of classic modernity" features works by different artists. The artwork of Renoir, Maillol, Liebermann, Alexej Jawlensky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff as well as creations by Franz Marc and August Macke will be placed alongside a significant selection of works by Emil Nolde and Lyonel Feininger. This entire exhibition is an impressive showcase of modern art history and definitely worth a visit. Bremen,  Germany

to July 23rd
Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939
The exhibition will be the first in-depth look at the key defining movement of 20th century design which revolutionised the way we live and gave us clean, minimalist design and architecture. On show will be sculpture, painting, furniture, a silver Tatra car, the Frankfurt kitchen (the first ever fitted kitchen), graphics, photographs and architecture. Key Modernist figures represented include Mondrian, Leger, Mies van der Rohe, Corbusier, Gropius , Man Ray, Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto.  The  exhibition will look at the meaning of Modernism as its pioneers planned for a new and better world - sponsored by Habitat.  Victoria & Albert Museum, London,  England

to July 23rd
Cue 2005:  100 years of modern sculpture in Duisburg. 
At the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum - Duisburg,  Germany

to July 23rd
From Kirchner to Baumeister - 50 Masterworks of German Painting 1900 to 1950
- For a long time not properly appreciated owing to the sketchy lines of his expressive work "Lehmbruck as a painter" will form the starting point for a top quality collection of German painting from Expressionism through to Art Informel.  Lehmbruck Museum - Duisburg,  Germany

to July 30th
Royal Music Machines - 
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the National Museum From Musical Clock to Street Organ in Utrecht presents 'Royal Music Machines'. Having acquired a large number of loans from other museums world-wide, the museum will host a spectacular collection of some of the most famous musical automata of the past 500 years.  Utrecht,   Holland

to August 27th
The Imagery of War
- Victories celebrated, heroes honored, the fallen remembered, the nation rallied - the portrayal of warfare in its different facets has challenged artists over many generations.  This exhibition explores the influence of patron, audience and attitudes on the depiction of war in medallic art.  Official gallantry and campaign medals from the Lester Watson Collection will be juxtaposed with commemorative medals and other material.  At the Octagon Gallery in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge,  England

to August 27th
ARS 06
- Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki plans a great international exhibition ARS 06 for year 2006.  The central theme is the capacity of mankind for good and evil. Art is seen as a central form of human activity.  Humanity is explored from various perspectives, such as emotional experiences, sensuality and sexuality.  The works open up individual ways of explaining the world and reflect the social structures people have built for themselves.  Helsinki,  Finland

to August 27th
A Mirror of Nature
- This cooperative exhibition of Nordic Landscape Painting 1840 - 1910, takes one on a journey to the mountains of Norway, glaciers of Iceland, lowlands of Denmark, Island of Sweden, as well as the coast and inland areas of Finland.  At the Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Museum.  Finland

to August 28th
A Chinese Mandarin's Robes
- One of the most colorful and impressive works of art in the Oriental Gallery is the important set of mid-19th century Chinese (Ch'ing Dynasty c.1821-1850)  court dress robes formerly belonging to a military mandarin at the Imperial Court in Bejing.   The Wallace Collection - London,  England

to August 28th
Constable:  the Great Landscapes. 
  A milestone exhibition bringing together John Constable's greatest works on canvas, including masterpieces such as The Haywain, The White Horse and Hadleigh Castle.  These large paintings were referred to by Constable (1776-1837) as his "six footers".  At the Tate Britain,  London,  England

to August 31st
The Hague Sculpture 2006 
-  BOTERO in The Hague Sculpture 2006 - Sculptures in the open air by Fernando Botero on the Lange Voorhout - This year, fourteen sculptures by Botero, cast in Pietrasanta (Italy) especially for The Hague Sculpture 2006, will be on show at the Lange Voorhout, the most beautiful boulevard of The Hague. Most of the sculptures are over eight feet in height and the sculptures weigh between 660 and 1,000 lbs.  Sensational sculpture exhibitions of Fernando Botero have been held in the open air in numerous cities since the beginning of the nineties, and the voluminous carressability of his sculptures can be seen in Paris, Monte Carlo, Chicago, Madrid, Venice, Mexico City, New York, Stockholm, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lisbon and Tokyo - The Hague, Holland

to August 30th,
Renaissance at Rosenborg -
Rosenborg Castle marks its 400th anniversary with an exhibition on King Christian IV. Danes call him the "builder king" because many of Denmark's best-known buildings were built during his reign - including Copenhagen's Round Tower, Børsen, and Rosenborg itself. Tour his private apartments, virtually unchanged since the 1600s, and see rarely exhibited treasures from the Royal Collections. "Christian IV and Rosenborg," Apr. 8-Aug. 30, is part of Denmark's 2006 Renaissance Year celebration.  Copenhagen,  Denmark

to September 3rd
Anne Frank - Her Life in Letters
- For the first time ever, Anne's childhood correspondence will be on display.  It tells the tale of a young Jewish girl who - against the backdrop of a wartime city - grew into a world famous author.  Anne regularly wrote postcards and letters to relatives and friends.  Some 20 of these letters have recently been made available to the Anne Frank House by Anne's cousin, Buddy Elias and the Anne Frank Fund in Basle.  This is the first time that the original letters will be displayed.  At the Amsterdam Historical Museum,  Amsterdam, Holland

to September 3rd
The Road to Byzantium - Luxury Arts of Antiquity
- An exhibition of over 160 selected treasures from the State Hermitage Museum, British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. An extraordinary collection of classical Greek and Byzantine luxury arts, including finely decorated silver and gold, Athenian red-figure vases and exquisite cameos.  At Somerset House,  London,  England

to September 17th
Jewish Museum Vienna: Lorenzo da Ponte – Departure for the New World
- They were tolerated; if that proved impossible, they were “Aryanized” – the co-productions of the two great geniuses Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte. This exhibition deals with the immortal works that Mozart and da Ponte created together and their effect on the rest of the world: “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” and “Così fan tutte.”  Vienna,  Austria

to September 17th
Silver Wonders from the East: Filigree of the Tsars -
-After the 16th century – as the world was discovered and the trade routes by sea developed – silver objects in filigree found their way to the West, but the only collection that has been preserved is that of the Tsars.  Hermitage Amsterdam - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

to September 23rd
Jeff Koons: Diamond
(Pink/Gold) - This summer the V&A will display a new work- Diamond (Pink/Gold) - by world-renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons, in the John Madejski Garden. The piece, a 2 metre, mirror- polished stainless steel sculpture in the shape of a cut diamond, has never before been on public display in the UK.  Victoria & Albert Museum,  London,  England

to September 24th
Stuttgart: Mercedes, Porsche and the Markthalle -
Home to the new Mercedes Museum, the Porsche Factory and the amazing food market, the Markthalle, Stuttgart is steeped in wonderful exhibits this year. From May 20th to September 24th, the exhibit, Claude Monet: Fields in Spring, will inspire visitors. But, the event in the center ring is the opening of the new Mercedes Benz Museum and facilities on May 19th . The main themes – legendary automobiles, technology and research, adventure, myths and milestones – provide the new museum with a host of stirring stories. The new Mercedes Center houses the service workshop, the passenger car delivery department and the "brand gallery".  For the youngest guests there will also be a children's area and an inventor's workshop.  Stuttgart,  Germany

to October 1st
Akseli & Young Finland- Akseli Gallen-Kallela
(1865 - 1931), Finland's national artist, had a profound, unparalleled impact on the rise and development of Finnish visual culture.  At the Tampere Art Museum, Finland

to October 1st
Tampere Art Museum pays tribute to one of Finland's artistic founding father, Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865 - 1931), with the exhibit Akseli & Young Finland.   It was the passionate works of artists such as Gallen-Kallela that helped Finland define itself as an independent state and no longer a Grand Duchy of Russia.  The show includes paintings from private and public collections as well as textiles, posters and design products.  Tampere,  Finland

to October 8th
Santi Banchieri Re - Ravenna and Classe in the VI century. 
St. Severus the recovered temple.  Chiesa di San Nicolo - Via Rondinelli - ravenna.   The next 4th of March, a new important archaeological exhibition, organized by RavennAntica and dedicated to the protagonists, the architectures and the mosaics of the VI century, will open. The extraordinary mosaic tiled floor of the Basilica di San Severo  will be shown for the first time .  Ravenna,  Italy

to October 29th
Astrological and Anatomical
will be open to the public in the 12-acre Sculpture Garden .  This exhibition will explore a dynamic range of sculptural responses to the notion of heavenly bodies through the cult of the body beautiful and celestial phenomena.  Contributing artists include Dan Archer, ceramicist Jayne Burnett, James Chinneck, Jane Gledhill, Nick Horrigan, Dennis O'Connor, and Victoria Rance. Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire,  England

to October 29th
Blockbuster Roman Exhibition opens in York for 2006. -
Treasures from across the late Roman world will be brought together in York for a major international exhibition in 2006. “Constantine the Great – York's Roman Emperor” opens at the Yorkshire Museum on 31st March 2006, and runs until 29th October, celebrating the 1700th anniversary of Constantine being proclaimed Emperor in York in July 306AD.  The exhibition brings together more than 270 beautiful and fascinating objects and works of art from all over Europe. Mosaics from late Roman villas, painted plasterwork, sculptures, textile, silverware, weapons, jewelery and even furniture will provide a rich visual feast illustrating the wealth and magnificence of the Roman era.  The Roman history of York – or Eboracum as it was called – is one of the earliest chapters of this great heritage city. A magnificent statue of Constantine stands just outside York Minster,  close to one of the original Roman columns that was found beneath the Minster tower during excavations. England

to October 29th
Heavenly Bodies at Burghley House - The Human Form as Sculpted through the Ages
- Visitors to Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, one of Britain's most important country houses, will be fascinated this summer by an exhibition of sculpture based on the human form. Heavenly Bodies:  Sculptural Responses to the Human Form includes generous loans from such important museums as the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and also from private collections.  Displayed in the various rooms in Burghley, it will be open to the public throughout the 2006 season, excluding Fridays

Through October 15th
The Israel Museum presents Bread: Daily and Divine
, a major exhibition exploring the role of bread in secular traditions and religious rituals in the three major monotheistic religions.  Through October 15, 2006, this interdisciplinary exhibition features a wide variety of breads alongside archaeological artifacts, holy vessels, works of art, films and ethnographical tools relating to the bread making process.  Jerusalem

through December 31st
All the Rembrandts
- The Rijksmuseum's world famous collection of Rembrandt's paintings is one of the largest in the world.  Not only does the Rijksmuseum have a large number of Rembrandt's masterpieces, such as the syndics of the Amsterdam drapers' guild, The Jewish Bride and, of course, Rembrandt's most famous painting, The Night Watch, but is also owns one of the most important collections of Rembrandts drawings.  In 2006, the Rijksmuseum will extensively celebrate the 400th anniversary of  Rembrandt van Rijn's birth and, throughout the year, it will be exhibiting all the Rembrandt paintings and drawings from its own collection in 4 exhibitions.  Amsterdam,  Holland

Currently until July 1st, 2007
Diana, Princess of Wales, by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace.
  A stunning new exhibition of photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, alongside a display of her elegant evening dresses.  Kensington Palace.  London,  England

Currently until 2008
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
- The very best of 16th and 17th century Flemish art from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will be on display in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.  The Bonnefantenmuseum is exhibiting around 50 paintings from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, including works by 'the big three',  Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck.   These paintings form the core of the long term loan of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.  Maastricht

Currently until mid 2008
The historical museum of The Hague (Haags Historisch Museum) will temporarily become the Rijksmuseum aan de Hofvijver.
The most important pieces in the collection of the Department of Dutch History of the Rijksmuseum are on display in an exhibition designed to highlight the principal events in the history of the Netherlands.  The exhibition covers the period from the Eighty Years' War to the 20th century. Dutch history is brought to life by a wealth of interesting objects, including Van Oldenbarnevelt's walking stick, treasures from the Silver Fleet, the first Dutch kilogram and Willem Drees's briefcase.  The Rijksmuseum aan de Hofvijver, The Hague

A Preview of Exhibitions in 2006

July 1st
Opening - The Musee d'Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean, Mudam, in Luxembourg will open on July 1st, 2006
.  Curated by Marie-Claude Beaud, this new contemporary art venue will present a programme of temporary exhibitions open to all fields of present-day creation.  Mudam is the first contemporary art museum in Luxembourg.  Dedicated to the visual arts, its vocation is to be attentive to international creation and developments in artistic practices.  Luxembourg

July 5th to September 24th
Pierre Huyghe
- Since the early 1990's the French artist Pierre Huyghe has created a variety of artworks and collaborative projects, gaining international prominence for videos and large scale installations that explore reality and fiction, memory and history.  At the Tate Modern,  London,  England

July 5th to October 22nd
Angus McBean:  Portraits
.  This is the first museum retrospective exhibition devoted to Angus McBean, one of the most significant British portrait photographers of the 20th century.  McBean's name is most often associated with the creation of the cover portrait of the Beatles first album, Please, Please Me showing the group leaning over a balcony at their record company's HQ in London's Manchester Square.  At the National Portrait Gallery,  London,  England

July 7th to October 22nd
Japanese Summer at the Van Gogh Museum Features Three Exhibitions
- The theme this summer at the Van Gogh Museum is Japan.  The exhibition wing will house no less than 3 shows featuring various aspects of 19th century Japanese art.  The Friday evening programme will also have a Japanese flavor throughout the summer.  Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam

July 8th to September 3rd
Rembrandt the Etcher
- One of the world's main collections of Rembrandt's etchings, owned by the Rembrandt House, will be presented in a thematic lay-out from July 8 through September 3, 2006. To date, Rembrandt's etchings have been a source of inspiration to various famous artists, such as Goya and Picasso. Amsterdam,  Holland

September 7th through November 19th
Da Vinci "on tour" for Queen Elizabeth's 80th.
  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 80th birthday in 2006, and to mark the event, ten of the world's most important drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will travel to museums and galleries across the country. - Leeds City Art Gallery,  Leeds,  England

September 14th to January 7th, 2007
Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design -
This multi-media exhibition  provides an unrivalled insight into Leonardo's mind,  drawing on the Royal Collection at Windsor, the Codex Leicester and collections in London. It gives a vivid picture of Leonardo's thinking on paper across the realms of science, technology, art and design, and his experimental investigation of nature's laws. Leonardo's pages are unparalleled, dealing with mighty  inventions, the design of the universe, the operation of heart valves,  the arts of peace and the science of war.  Drawings and manuscripts will be presented  with computer graphics and animations describing Leonardo's thought processes.  There will be large-scale models of his inventions; his flying machine, tank and giant crossbow.  The exhibition is part of Universal Leonardo, a Europe-wide project supported by the Council of Europe and led by  Professor Marina Wallace, University of Arts,  London. The  curator is  Professor Martin Kemp (Oxford University), Director of Research for Universal Leonardo.  Victoria & Albert Museum  London, England

September 15th to April 29th, 2007
Masters of Pre-Columbian Art
- The 350 works from the Paul and Dora Janssen collection of pre-Columbian art tell the story of 3000 years of pre-Columbian history.  On show at the Royal Museums of Art and History.  The museum will also include 50 key pre-Columbian pieces from their own collection.  Brussels,   Belgium

September 20th to December 2rd
Devil in the Detail - Adam Elsheimer
(1578-1610) was one of the most famous artists of his day and his output played a crucial part in the formation of three of the most important artists in the seventeenth century – Rubens, Rembrandt and Claude Lorrain. He died at 32 and only 34 of his pictures survive. This exhibition brings together 32 of his paintings and will be a  once-in-a-lifetime chance to see his works under one roof.  At the Dulwich Gallery - London,  England

September 28th  to January 7th, 2007
Holbein in England
- An extremely rare and important exhibition works by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543), created whilst living in England over two periods, the second as court painter to Henry VIII.  Holbein is widely regarded as the first great artist in Britain and the exhibition contains masterpieces lent both by major British collections and from across the world.  At the Tate Britain, London, England

October 2006
Bode Museum on Museum Island completes major restoration
- Extensive renovations of the Bode Museum are expected to be completed by October 2006, when the famous museum will once again open its doors with its permanent exhibitions, featuring Byzantine art, Germany's largest sculpture exhibit, ancient coin collections and a children's gallery.  Originally built from 1897- 1904, the Neo-baroque Bode Museum was heavily damaged during WWII, suffering neglect under East German rule.  Renovations first began in 1997, as part of the larger Euro1.5 billion master plan restoration of Museum Island, which has the distinction of being named a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Following the re-opening of the Old National Gallery in 2001, the re-opening of the Bode Museum will mark the second major milestone in the completion of the restoration of Museum Island's five museums.  Berlin,  Germany

October 5th to January 7th, 2007
The Renaissance Home: Art and Life in Italy in the 15th Century
- This exhibition, based on new international research, will present the Renaissance in a different way  looking at how the Italian house of this period made a crucial contribution to the flowering of the visual arts and the development of domestic life. It will include outstanding works by Botticelli, Donatello, Carpaccio, Lotto, Pontormo and Veronese, and exquisite treasures from the Medici collections. The exhibition will be structured according to the three main rooms of a Renaissance palazzo - the sala (reception room), the camera (bedroom) and the study. At the Victoria & Albert Museum  London,  England

October 12th to January 21st, 2007  
David Hockney:  Portraits.
  First major prospective of one of Britain's most distinguished living artists to focus on the range of his portraits from his earliest work right up to  the most recent. At the National Portrait Gallery, London,  England

October 18th to January 21st, 2007
Peter Fischili & David Weiss
- This retrospective exhibition explores the collaborative practice of contemporary Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b 1952) and David Weiss (b1946).  Since the beginning of their partnership in the late 1970's, the artists have continually delighted in the commonplace and the absurd, expressing their subversive humor through sculptures, photographs, installations, films and videos.  At the Tate Britain,  London,  England

October 19th to January 21st, 2007
David Teniers and the Theatre of Painting - This exhibition investigates one of the most remarkable artistic enterprises of the 17th century.  David Teniers the Younger's publication in 1660 of the magnificent Theatrum Pictorium or Theatre of Painting, the first illustrated and printed collection catalogue.  Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, Somerset House -  London,  England

October 20th to January 21st, 2007
- Frankfurt is into Picasso this fall. The exhibition shows more than eighty works from 1900 to 1930 that demonstrate how passionately Picasso was attached to the theater. Even in his early work, Picasso found a source of inspiration for his art in the theater. The harlequin and Pierrot played a key role in many of his works of art. These sad jokers become emotionally laden figures of identification for the modern artist. The exhibition will take place from October 20th, 2006 to January 21st, 2007 at the Kunsthalle.  Frankfurt,  Germany

October 25th to January 21st, 2007
David Smith
- American artist David Smith is one of the most important sculptors of the second half of the 20th century.  The exhibition will feature about 50 works lent from public and private collections around the world.  At the Tate Britain,  London,  England

October 2006 to February 2007 (to be confirmed)
The Triumph of Eros:  Art and Seduction in 18th Century France
-  Seduction and eroticism were central themes of 18 th century French art and culture, perhaps most perfectly expressed in Fragonard's masterpiece, The Stolen Kiss – one of the jewels of the Hermitage's collection. Taking this painting as a starting point, the exhibition brings together a wide range of material from the Hermitage including paintings, drawings, furniture, decorative arts and a recently discovered group of prints depicting scenes from the education of Eros to explore these themes in a way never before attempted. Housed in the 18 th century Hermitage Rooms, the exhibition recreates the atmosphere of contemporary French stories of ‘architectural seduction' in which objects of art and furnishings aided the seduction of impressionable young women who mistake their suitors' fine tastes for honorable intentions. Building on the research of scholars from the Courtauld and the Hermitage, the exhibition reveals the complex language of eroticism and seduction in 18 th century French culture and society as manifested by the Hermitage's rich collection of fine and decorative arts.   Heritage Rooms at Somerset House,  London,  England

From November 16th
An exhibition that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the existence of the Vatican museums and that is dedicated to the marble statue of Laocoon discovered in 1506 (Laocoon: the origins of the Vatican Museums) . The museums have constantly promoted art and culture thanks to a succession of popes who have been committed to safeguarding the country's artistic heritage. The Vatican museums are currently the museum complex that attracts the most visitors nationwide.  Rome,  Italy

November 25th to February, 2007
Da Vinci "on tour" for Queen Elizabeth's 80th.   Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 80th birthday in 2006, and to mark the event, ten of the world's most important drawings by Leonardo da Vinci will travel to museums and galleries across the country.  Cardiff National Museum and Art Gallery,  Cardiff,  Wales

Ongoing until 2008. . .
The Masterpieces.
  The Rijksmuseum presents its highlights of the Golden Age:  the wonderful dolls' houses, a treasure trove of silver, the most beautiful Delftware, magnificent militia paintings Icons from Dutch history, and of course, the famous paintings by Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt.  The collection of over 400 masterpieces tells the impressive story of the political, economic and artistic wonders of the Golden Age.  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam,  The Netherlands

January 24th, 2007 to April 15th, 2007
Canaletto in England:  A Venetian Artist Abroad 1746 - 1755 -
In 1746, Canaletto visited England, beginning a nine-year stay that would completely re-launch his artistic career.  This major exhibition brings together the paintings executed by Canaletto during this intriguing period.  English Grand Tourists (as they were called) had poured into Italy and bought up the pick of Canaletto's world-famous views of Venice.  Canaletto made a visit to England in 1746.  His English period completely re-launched his artistic career.   He left a perfect city and came to a magnificent mess.  London fascinated him. His views of England are often panoramic but precise to the last brick and flag-stone.  At the same time each scene is saturated in a distinct quality of light – we feel the season, the time of the day, the cut and patina of the buildings, the imperfect reflections in the rivers, and huge parks and skies.  In London the Thames seemed to him to be a huge commercial version of the Grand Canal, flanked by warehouses; beyond its boundaries the river became more idyllic.  He painted suburban villas of the aristocracy and medieval castles.  At the Dulwich Picture Gallery,  London,  England


Other Places

to June 12th
Constable:  Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky
- John Constable (1776–1837) is one of the foremost English landscape painters, renowned for his ‘pure and unaffected representation of nature'. This exhibition will provide an opportunity to see around 100 works by Constable, including Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds 1822-23, A boat passing a lock 1826 and The Vale of Dedham 1827–28, as well as many of his remarkable cloud and sea studies.  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,  Australia

July 14th to October 16th
Michael Riley - Sights Unseen
- Michael Riley (1960-2004) was one of the most important contemporary Indigenous visual artists of the past two decades and his contribution to the urban-based Indigenous visual arts industry was substantial. His emotive film and video work challenged non-Indigenous perceptions of Indigenous experience, particularly of the most disenfranchised communities in the south-eastern region of Australia .  National Gallery of Australia , Canberra

July 14th to October 16th
Imants Tillers - one world / many visions
- Imants Tillers is one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artists, nationally and internationally. It is surprising however, that while he has been granted important solo exhibitions internationally; there has not been a substantial solo show of his work at a major gallery in Australia. It is fitting that the National Gallery of Australia should be the institution to recognise the accomplishments of this senior artist with an exhibition.  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  

to August 27th
Works by French Romantic Painter Displayed in Girodet: Romantic Rebel - Girodet: Romantic Rebel
is the first retrospective in the United States devoted to this celebrated French artist, Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, a favored but rebellious student of Jacques-Louis David.  Girodet's idiosyncratic style fuses David's Neoclassical ideal with his own prescient Romantic vision.  The exhibition brings together approximately 110 paintings and works on paper that reflect the artist's originality and the diversity of his works, from mythological subjects to portraits and representations of Napoleon's military triumphs. Girodet will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 

June 13th to September 10th
Major Maya Exhibition at Metropolitan Explores Fascinating Ancient American Civilization -
Many Works on View for First Time in U.S. - Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall - Treasures of Sacred Maya Kings - opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 13, 2006 - will explore the growth of the concept of divine kingship among ancient Maya peoples.  Featuring some 150 objects - from large-scale relief sculpture in stone to small precious pieces of worked jade - the exhibition will display the grandiose ambitions of earthly rulers when they transformed themselves into gods. Dating principally from 200 B.C. to 600 A.D., the works in the exhibition are lent primarily from public collections in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as from collections in Europe and the United States.  Emphasis will be placed on recently excavated objects that will be on view for the first time in the United States.  Notable among them are pieces from the renowned Maya sites of Calakmul in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala, and Copan in Honduras.  Maya jade objects discovered in tombs in the famous Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan - the contemporary but distant central Mexican city - will also be included.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City,  New York

June 13th to September 17th
First North American Exhibition to Focus on Celebrated Eighteenth-Century Court Painter - Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702 - 1789):  Swiss Master
.  A prolific pastelist, painter, and miniaturist who traveled throughout Europe and the Near East, Jean-Etienne Liotard is one of the most fascinating, yet least familiar, artists of the 18th century.  The Frick Collection,  New York,  New York

June 18th to September 11th
- Born in the heart of Europe during World War I, the Dada movement displayed a raucous skepticism about accepted values and artistic practices and addressed pressing questions posed by modernity itself. This is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on Dada, one of the most significant movements of the historical avant-garde.  Museum of Modern Art - New York,  NY

to July 16th
Veronese's Allegories:  Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice -
This exhibition  - the first in this country since 1988 devoted to the work of the Venetian Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese (c.1528 - 1588) - explores a particular aspect of the artist's production by bringing together all five of the large scale allegory paintings that are owned by American museums.  The Frick Collection's canvases, The Choice Between Virtue and Vice and Wisdom and Strength, inspired this dossier exhibition.  The Frick Collection - New York,  NY

June 3 through September 10, 2006
Florence Griswold Museum Features First Comprehensive Exhibition on Artist John Brewster, Jr.
-  Opening on June 3rd and running through the summer exhibition season, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut is presenting a new exhibition entitled A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr. Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY, the exhibition features 40 portraits illustrating the long and successful career of John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), one of the country's most prominent early painters. Florence Griswold Museum,  Old Lyme , Connecticut

to July 16th
The Cult of Saints -
Exhibition reveals the pervasive devotion to saints in medieval and renaissance life.  At the Getty Center - Los Angeles,  CA

through December 31st, 2006
Classical Connections: The Enduring Influence of Greek and Roman Art -
This installation of antiquities demonstrates the relationship of ancient art to later work, showing some of the themes, techniques, and motifs borrowed by later artists—from mythology to decorative design—and the approach to the human figure known today as the classical ideal. This permanent collection installation is on view in the North Pavilion. Plaza Level, Getty Cent er, Los Angeles,  CA

to June 25, 2006
The Belle of San Marino: Introducing Arabella Huntington -
New exhibition explores the carefully crafted self -image of Henry Huntington's wife through her fashion and finery, photos and portraits.  An exhibition dedicated to Arabella Huntington will provide insights into the carefully cultivated self-image of Henry Huntington's second wife, the first lady of The Huntington and the richest woman in America during her time. The Belle of San Marino: Introducing Arabella Huntington, on view May 6 – June 25, 2006, will display portraits and photos, textiles, archival material, and ephemera from The Huntington's collections as well as items loaned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. (Arabella bequeathed all her possessions to her son, Archer, who donated several treasures from his mother's art collection and many of her personal effects to the San Francisco institution.)  

to June 11th
Degas at the Getty Center -
Edgar Degas captured the human form with sensitivity and acute psychological insight. This exhibition brings together the Getty Museum's 14 drawings, paintings, and photographs by Degas to present a portrait of the artist as a master of media and an innovator anchored in the traditions of his craft.  Los Angeles,  California

to July 1st
Rewind A Retrospective of Black Cast Movie Memorabilia 1920 -2005
- Eye - Opening Exhibition of Poster, Stills and Lobby Cards Chronicles 85 years of Black Film.  Highlighting films embedded in the African American experience, the 8th annual San Francisco Black Film Festival proudly presents "Rewind," a collection of movie memorabilia representing 85 years of Black filmmaking.  At the Sargent Johnson Gallery and Hall of Culture at the African American Art and Culture Complex.  San Francisco,  California

October 14th, 2006 – January 21st, 2007
Louvre Atlanta: The King's Drawings
“The King's Drawings” will provide an overview of the formation of the royal drawing collection assembled during the reigns of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. On view through January 21, 2007, the exhibition will showcase masterworks from major early private collections, such as Jabach and Mariette, as well as works by major French artists who served the crown, such as Le Brun, Boel, Mignard and Coypel. Other featured artists will include Grünwald, Raphael, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Watteau - High Museum of Art,  Atlanta,  GA

March 3rd, 2007 to  September 2nd, 2007 -
Louvre Atlanta: Decorative Arts of the Kings
“Decorative Arts of the Kings” will feature decorative arts commissioned for the courts of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. This exhibition will explore works that convey the royal and princely tastes for the decorative arts during the last 100 years of the Ancien Régime. These works also show the dexterity and excellence of the French artisans in the royal factories, which were largely subsidized by Louis XIV and his two successors. The presentation includes fine examples of furniture, tapestry, ceramics and silver by manufactures such as Les Gobelins and Sèvres, and artists such as Germain or Auguste, whose influence can still be seen today.   High Museum of Art,  Atlanta,  GA