|The equestrian armor of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Spain, who reigned from 1519-1556.|
The reign of Spain on view
THROUGH NOV. 1
“The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits From Imperial Spain’’: The leading European power of the 16th and early 17th centuries was Spain. This National Gallery of Art exhibition gives a vivid sense of Spanish wealth, military might, and artistic magnificence of that era. Much of the show is drawn from the Royal Armory, in Madrid, which houses the personal armor of Spanish monarchs. Among the armory’s holdings on display are suits of armor worn by Charles V, Philip II, and Philip IV. Created for use in pageants rather than battle, they are themselves impressive, even sumptuous, aesthetic achievements. More traditional works of art also figure in the show. Artists with paintings, prints, or tapestries in “The Art of Power’’ include Durer, Rubens, van Dyck, and Velazquez. Constitution Avenue between 3d and 7th streets, 202-737-4215, www.nga.gov.
Brandhorst Museum: Munich’s art district, the Kunstareal, got its newest addition in May with the opening of this museum of modern and contemporary art. It houses the collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst. Highlights include the largest gathering of Cy Twombly’s art outside of the United States (some 60 pieces) and more than 100 works by Andy Warhol. Other artists in the collection include Joseph Beuys, Georg Baselitz, Damien Hirst, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, and Sigmar Polke. Theresienstrasse 35a, 011-49 (0)89-23805-2286, www.museum-brandhorst.de/en.
THROUGH SPRING 2010
“From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen’’: Bruce Springsteen turns 60 next month. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the event a little early with this comprehensive look at the singer’s career. Among items on display are the Fender Esquire guitar seen on the cover of his “Born to Run’’ album, the clothes Springsteen wore on the cover of his “Born in the USA’’ album, and the singer’s 1960 Corvette. 751 Erieside Ave., 216-781-7625. www.rockhall.com.
Deauville American Film Festival: This 35th edition of the festival at the beach resort in Normandy is set to include screenings of more than a hundred films. Filmmakers and actors being paid tribute this year include the late Robert Aldrich; David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker; Robin Penn Wright; Andy Garcia; and Harrison Ford, who will be the festival’s guest of honor. 011-33-231-14-40-00, www.festival- deauville.com.
SEPT. 10-NOV. 29
“Vermeer’s Masterpiece ‘The Milkmaid’ ’’: This year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river that now bears his name and the island that lies at its mouth, Manhattan. Hudson was sailing under Dutch colors, and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum will observe the occasion by loaning Vermeer’s much-loved painting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met will display the painting alongside the five Vermeers it owns and a selection of other Dutch master canvases. 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710, www.metmuseum .org.
SEPT. 23-JAN. 31
“Turner and the Masters’’: J.M.W. Turner, England’s greatest painter, saw himself as consciously competing with the great painters who preceded him. This Tate Britain exhibition displays some of Turner’s finest paintings alongside works that he sought to imitate - or outdo - by such older masters as Claude, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Titian. Milbank, 011-44-20-7887-8888, www.tate.org.uk/britain.
OCT. 4-JAN. 18
“Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889’’: The Cleveland Museum of Art has assembled this exhibition to honor the centenary of the show Gauguin organized as part of the 1889 Exhibition Universalle, in Paris. It amounted to the unofficial debut of the Symbolist school of painting. The exhibition comprises some 75 paintings, prints, carvings, and ceramics by Gaugin and his contemporaries. 11150 East Blvd., 1-877-262-4748, www.cle musart.com.
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