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Andy Warhol's portrait of Lana Turner, dated 1985, is one of nearly 150 of his works on exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris through July 13. Andy Warhol's portrait of Lana Turner, dated 1985, is one of nearly 150 of his works on exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris through July 13. (Andy Warhol Museum)
April 19, 2009
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THROUGH JULY 13

PARIS

"The Wide World of Andy Warhol": "All my portraits have to be the same size," Andy Warhol once said, "so they'll all fit together and make one big painting called "Portraits of Society." That's a good idea, isn't it?" The Grand Palais gives viewers an ample opportunity to answer that question. It's an appropriately grand setting for this very large retrospective of Warhol's portraiture. It's also an appropriate venue in being slightly kitschy and ersatz. No artist, past or present, has ever thrilled to celebrity quite as much - or as memorably - as Warhol did. Fame was the name of his game - both his own fame, which he so zealously cultivated, and that of his subjects, many of whom he cultivated, too, in person no less than on canvas. On display one finds some very celebrated subjects, indeed: Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mao Zedong, David Hockney. The exhibition includes some 100 Warhol paintings. There are nearly 150 works in all. Avenue Winston-Churchill, 011-33-1-44-13-17-17, www.grandpalais.fr.

MAY 21-AUG. 30

LEWES, ENGLAND

Glyndebourne Festival: Celebrating its 75th anniversary season, Britain's best-known summer music festival mounts six operas this season: Verdi's "Falstaff," Handel's "Giulio Cesare," Purcell's "The Fairy Queen," Dvorak's "Rusalka," Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore," and Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde." 011-44-1273-815-000, www.glyndebourne.com.

THROUGH JULY 5

PHOENIX

"Medievalism: Fashion's Romance with the Middle Ages": It's a paradox. Nothing's so up-to-the-minute as fashion, yet few things draw such inspiration from the past. A case in point is this exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Examples include Mariano Fortuny's velvet gowns, Dior's haute-couture armor, and Gothic street style. More than 40 designer ensembles, accessories, and rare books are on display. 1625 North Central Ave., 602-257-1222, www.phx art.org.

THROUGH SEPT. 7

PHILADELPHIA

"Galileo, the Medici, and the Age of Astronomy": The Franklin Institute is the sole venue for this gathering of scientific instruments, paintings, prints, and manuscripts that celebrate the work of the scientific giant Galileo and his relations with the famed Florentine art patrons, the Medici family. The star of the exhibition is one of the only two surviving telescopes known to have belonged to the great astronomer. 222 North 20th St., 215-448-1200, www2.fi .edu.

MAY 10-SEPT. 13

VANCOUVER

"Vermeer, Rembrandt, and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum": Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has the world's finest collection of 17th-century Dutch art. From those holdings, it has made a representative selection of paintings and drawings by many of the great names of that great period - Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Ruisdael, Hals, Dou, Cuyp - and the result is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 750 Hornby St., 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery. bc.ca.

MAY 22-JUNE 7

CHARLESTON, S.C.

Spoleto Festival USA: Offerings include theater, classical music, jazz, and dance. Among highlights of this year's festival are a production of Charpentier's opera "Louise," a modern theatrical reworking of "Don Giovanni," performances of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde," residence by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and, most intriguing of all, the punk/cabaret extravaganza "Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century." 843-579-3100, www.spoleto usa.org.

PLAN AHEAD

JUNE 12-SEPT. 20

SAN FRANCISCO

"Lords of the Samurai": San Francisco's Asian Art Museum is the sole US venue for this choice gathering of samurai artifacts from Japanese collections. Items on display show the samurai as gentleman as well as warrior. They include armor, swords, guns, calligraphy, paintings, teaware, masks, and musical instruments. 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500, www.asianart.org.

MARK FEENEY

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online to confirm. Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe.com.