New Museums and Exhibits
Discover a mix of pop culture and literary heritage from Dublin to Vegas.
Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum (above) incorporates large-scale sculptures and installations by dark-fantasy filmmaker Tim Burton with an after-hours sound-and-light show, through February 15, 2020. neonmuseum.org
At the Picasso Museum in Paris through February 23, 2020, Picasso. Magic Paintings shows radically cubist works painted between 1926 and 1930, foreshadowing the power of Guernica nearly a decade later. museepicassoparis.fr
A massive Christian Louboutin exhibition heads to the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris. See a selection from Louboutin’s more than 15,000 shoe designs along with never-before-displayed shoes from Louboutin’s personal collection. February 26–July 26, 2020. palais-portedoree.fr
The Grand Palais in Paris (grandpalais.fr) is hosting the large-scale retrospective Greco; 76 works include rare surviving drawings by the Greek artist and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. At the Grand Palais through February 10, 2020; a smaller version of the exhibition, El Greco: Ambition and Defiance, shows at the Art Institute of Chicago (artic.edu) March 7–June 21, 2020.
The New York location of the venerable Pace Gallery has opened a mega-gallery (eight stories, 75,000 square feet) with works by Alexander Calder, Mary Corse, Li Songsong, and others. There’s a performance space for live events and an outdoor sculpture garden with killer views. pacegallery.com
Photographs, furniture designs, and full-scale re-creations of architect and designer Charlotte Perriand’s modernist interiors come together in Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, through February 24, 2020. fondationlouisvuitton.fr
At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence through March 3, 2020, Pietro Aretino and the Art of the Renaissance brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, miniatures, and printed books from the cultured world of 16th-century Italian poet and playwright Pietro Aretino (1492–1556). uffizi.it
Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of artist Raphael (famous for his Madonna-and-child paintings; above) in Rome. Visit the exhibition at Scuderie del Quirinale (scuderiequirinale.it) as well as the staggeringly beautiful Raphael frescoes in the Vatican Museums. Stay at the palatial balcony suite at Holy Deer San Lorenzo City Lodge, once home of Pope Innocent X (sanlorenzolodges.com).
In October in a 32,000-square-foot repurposed historic building in the heart of London’s Mayfair, IMMERSIVE/LDN opened three floors of immersive theater, pop-up cafés, and bars. The inaugural performance was The Great Gatsby. An audience clad in tuxedoes and sparkling dresses sipped Champagne, danced the Charleston, and interacted with the actors. immersiveldn.com
The Museum of Literature Ireland (moli.ie) at University College Dublin celebrates the country’s rich literary heritage from early storytelling to modern-day writers—with a big shout-out to James Joyce. In Brussels, the oldest fine leather goods atelier in the world launches Musée Delvaux (delvaux.com) to showcase its exquisite handbags by appointment. The Twist gallery (above)—a quirky, undulating museum extension designed by the visionary Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)—opened in September at the Kistefos Sculpture Park (kistefosmuseum.com) in Jevnaker, an hour north of Oslo, Norway.