Fitzwilliam Museum - Angel from the Crucifixion. Fresco by Taddeo Gaddi, before 1366.

CAMBRIDGE, UK - The Fitzwilliam Museum’s most spectacular treasures are brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition celebrating one of the most dynamic periods in the Museum’s history: the Directorship of Sir Sydney Cockerell from 1908 to 1937. ‘I turned it into a palace’: Sir Sydney Cockerell and The Fitzwilliam Museum explores the life and work of scholar, collector and Director Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962), who boasted that he found the Museum ‘a pigstye’ and ‘turned it into a palace’. Cockerell’s connoisseurship, ambition and innovation transformed not just the Fitzwilliam and its collections, but the display and interpretation of art in museums and galleries all over the world.

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Arshile Gorky - Composition, c.1946 - Oil on canvas - Courtesy of The Cafesjian Center for the Arts

YEREVAN, ARMENIA.- The Cafesjian Center for the Arts announced that the first major exhibition in Yerevan of original work by the American-Armenian artist Arshile Gorky will take place at the Center from November 8, 2009 through January 31, 2010. "Arshile Gorky: Selections from the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection" will exhibit 16 drawings and 7 paintings by the man who would become known as the most monumental presence in American twentieth-century art. This is the first major exhibition of original work in Armenia by Arshile Gorky, an artist once described by a critic of the time as a “hero of Abstract Expressionism.”

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Luc Tuymans - Tits, 2009 - Courtesy of Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow

MOSCOW.- Baibakov Art Projects announced the first major exhibition of Luc Tuymans in Russia, where the artist will also be a special guest of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. ‘Against the Day’ will open at the Red October Chocolate Factory in Moscow on 25th September, 2009 coinciding with the artist’s first US retrospective which opens at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio from 17th September. Following its run in Moscow, the exhibition will continue to the Rooseum- Moderna Museet, Malmo in Sweden.

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Fernando Botero The Widow 

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is pleased to present The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, on exhibition through December 2, 2007. This retrospective exhibition, drawn from the collection of the artist and assembled over the last fifty years, has been organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. The exhibition’s 100 paintings, sculptures, and drawings were selected by Dr. John Sillevis, curator of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.

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Desiderio Da Settignano Saint Constance

Washington, DC – The first international exhibition devoted to Italian Renaissance sculptor Desiderio da Settignano (c. 1429–1464) comes to the National Gallery of Art—its only U.S. venue. Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence brings together approximately 28 works—many coming to the U.S. for the first time—by the artist and his immediate circle, ranging from highly original portrait busts of children to subtle low-relief carvings of religious subjects. On exhibition through 8 October, 2007. The exhibition was organized by the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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 Jan Matejko - Der Narr Stanczyk, 1862.- Oil on wood, 88 x 120 cm. - Warschau, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie

Munich, Germany - On the occasion of the Academy's 200th anniversary, and of Munich's 850th birthday, the Haus der Kunst is mounting a major exhibition with exemplary works by professors and students. A pointed selection of nearly one hundred, in part large-format pieces, demonstrates the varied history of the Academy of Fine Arts from the past two centuries to the present. The exhibition's title also alludes to the 'muscleman' quality, which some of the monumental paintings at the academy possessed, and makes a direct reference to the title of Franz von Defregger's painting, "Die Kraftprobe" (The Trial of Strength). On view through 31 August, 2008.

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Antoine Plamondon The Pigeon Hunt

Montréal - The McCord Museum is pleased to present, Antoine Plamondon (1804-1895).  Milestones of a an Artistic Journey, the first monographic exhibition devoted to Antoine Plamondon, one of the great figures of 19th-century Quebec painting.  Produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBA), this exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the artist’s birth by presenting a selection of more than forty paintings.  The masterpieces are taken from the collection of the MNBA and from some fifteen public and private Canadian collections, including that of the McCord Museum, making this project truly national in scope.

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Amrita Sher Gil Shringaar

MUNICH, GERMANY - Haus der Kunst presents "Amrita Sher-Gil. An Indian Artist Family in the 20th Century", on view through January 7, 2007.  The exhibition tells the story of an Indian artist family of three generations by uniting the paintings of Amrita Sher-Gil with the photographs of her father, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, with the digitally worked photographs of her nephew, Vivan Sundaram. 

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Œdipe et le sphinx (1808-1825) Huile sur toile. Musée du Louvre/A. Dequier - M. Bard

Québec, Canada - Discover masterpieces by French neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, known as a “conservative modernist,” and the influence of his work on later greats including Salvador Dalí, Man Ray et Cindy Sherman. Pablo Picasso said of the 19th-century painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: "He is the master, for us all."  On exhibition from 5 February through 31 May, 2009 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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"Muhammad Ali", by Thomas Hoepker, Chicago, 1966. ©Tomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos - Courtesy of Atlas Gallery, London

LONDON.- Atlas Gallery presents an important new exhibition of rare portraits by some of the most notable photographers of the last six decades. Curated personally by the gallery’s director Ben Burdett, the subjects have been chosen from the fields of politics, sport, the arts, entertainment and science. The selection of works on show attempts to examine the way in which the camera portrait not only provides the individual with a visual memory and reference for the subjects of the portrait but in some rare cases, when reproduced enough times, provides an almost universal human record. On view 29 April through 29 May.

Read more: Iconic Portraits of Powerful and Influential People at Atlas Gallery

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