Edouard Manet - Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, 1863 - Oil on canvas - 2,080 x 2,645 mm. - musée d'Orsay © Patrice Schmidt, Paris, musée d'Orsay

PARIS.- In tandem with the exhibition Picasso and the Masters at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, the Musée d’Orsay is presenting around forty paintings, drawings, engravings and models produced by Picasso between 1954 and 1962, and inspired by Manet’s, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe [The Luncheon on the Grass]. The Musée du Louvre, for its part, is showing the variations on Delacroix’s Algerian Women [Femmes d’Alger]. This is the first time these three great Parisian institutions have come together with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux to try and reconstitute Picasso’s artistic pantheon.

Read more: Musée d'Orsay Opens Picasso / Manet ~ The Luncheon on the Grass

Azari & Karimi - "Coffee House", 2009 - Video painting. LTMH Gallery / © Concept: Shoja Azari -  Still from a video installation, detail. Courtesy: East Central Gallery, London

LONDON.- East Central Gallery will present an exhibition curated by Nour Wali of collaborative works by Iranian artists Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, showcasing for the first time in a London gallery their revolutionary artistic approach, which intertwines the media of painting and video. Five artworks from the “Oil Series” will surround viewers, re-creating a cinematic experience through the canvases’ glow of mesmerising colours. Referring to the first Gulf War, and presented in the darkened subterranean floor of East Central, the “Oil Series” depicts scenes of deserts aflame, with fires scorching the skies, smoke bellowing in the wind, a soldier disappearing into misty horizons and tanks reining over ashen land.

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Christina Cox, director of the National Museum of Catholic Art and History, with an exhibit of bronze angels by Salvador Dalí in 2003. Photo by Marilynn K. Yee / The New York Times

New York, New York - In many ways, the opening of the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in East Harlem was a kind of miracle. It was founded by a single mother without a college degree, much experience in arts administration or any affiliation with the New York Archdiocese. But the woman, Christina Cox, had a deep passion for the project and a number of powerful friends. Over the years, her friends helped the museum take in more than $9 million in revenue, almost half of it in grants from New York State, which predicted that the institution would bring tourists, jobs and vitality to East Harlem.

Read more: Angels Fail To Save The Catholic Museum in New York

THE AMERICAN CITY : Ieho Ming & Friends, Manhattan , 1989, - Oil pastel & acrylic on a gelatin silver print of a newspaper. 188.5 x 121.5 cm. - Courtesy, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto  - Fathers and Sons... 1996-97, oil pastel & acrylic on a laser print of a newspaper. 182.5 x 121.7 cm. Collection of Norman Damiani and Hélène Barabé, Montréal

NEW YORK CITY - Americas Society will open a major exhibition on Melvin Charney, one of Canada 's foremost contemporary artists. Between Observation and Intervention: The Painted Photographs of Melvin Charney, organized in collaboration with the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, continues the Americas Society's tradition of presenting timely and compelling exhibitions of contemporary artists from across the hemisphere to the New York public. This exhibition marks Melvin Charney's first solo show in a New York cultural institution since his P.S.1 installation in 1979.

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Montréal, Canada - A major exhibition that explores Haida art and philosophy through the contemporary paintings and sculptures of leading Northwest Coast artist, Robert Davidson, opens this spring at the McCord Museum in Montréal. This traveling exhibition, produced by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada opens May 27 and run until October 15, 2006.

Read more: Robert Davidson_The Abstract Edge_at The McCord Museum

Manuel Mendive  (b. 1944) - Se Alimenta mi Espirit, (2007) - Acrylic on canvas, 64 ¾” x 95” - Courtesy of Ramon and Nercys Cernuda

New London, CT - Lyman Allyn Art Museum announces a new exhibition, Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul, opening September 12, 2009 and on view through February 21, 2010.   Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s partner, the Hispanic Alliance of New London, has provided support for this exhibition with its coordinating programs and events. Cuban culture has been characterized as an ajiaco or a rich stew consisting of a vast array of ingredients.   It is this synthesis that is the essence of Cuban art and the subject of Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul.   The exhibition seeks to interpret the diverse social dimensions of Cuban art in a global context through the exploration of its relationship with African, Asian, European, and indigenous influences and belief systems.

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Kolozsvár, September 11, 1940 - Motorized artillery – Gépvontatású t?zérség – (photo taken by Balogh Rudolf)

BUDAPEST - The photography exhibition Soul and Body at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest has attracted more than 36 thousand visitors since its opening in early June, which makes it the most frequented Hungarian exhibition of photographic art. More than 220 works by some 90 artists, including André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Robert Capa, are displayed at the exhibition, open until late August.

Read more: The Photo Exhibition 'Soul and Body' Attracts a Record Number of Visitors in Budapest

Pieter Brueghel the Younger - A Flemish Village in Winter with the Massacre of the Innocents - Oil on oak panel, 122 by 170 cm. Estimate: 2,500,000—3,500,000 . Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby's forthcoming sales of Old Master Paintings and Drawings to take place in London on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9, 2009 will bring to the market a superb selection of rare works by renowned French, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, Italian and British Old Masters as well as a single-owner sale of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks from the collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson. Among the artists to feature in the Old Master Paintings Evening Sale are Daddi, Dell’Abate, Metsu, Guercino, Zurbarán, Guardi, Fragonard and Goya and the 48 lots have an estimate in the region of £24 million. A large proportion of the works come to the market with exemplary provenance, having either been in private collections for many years or actually never having been offered at auction before.

Read more: Rare Works by Goya, Fragonard, David and Turner at Sotheby's July Old Master Paintings

Francis Bacon - Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962 - Oil on canvas, 198.2 x 144.8 cm (each one) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

MADRID - The itinerant Francis Bacon retrospective’s current sojourn seems particularly appropriate. “Francis Bacon” opened at the Prado in Madrid where it will be open until April 19. Many have considered the exhibition’s location as a sort of homecoming for the British artist. Throughout his life and work, Bacon demonstrated an affinity to Spain. Bullfighting and the poetry of García Lorca held particular interest for him. He frequented the Prado and was fascinated by Spanish painters, especially Velázquez and Picasso. He died in Madrid after visiting the city frequently during the final years of his life.

Read more: Francis Bacon Retrospective and Spanish Painting at the Prado Museum

Howard Finste, American (1916-2001) - Dinosaur, 1990 - Wood, nails, paper and felt marker. Gift of the Alice Yelen and Kurt Gitter Collection 1991.1218.1

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Museum of Art announces a gallery dedicated to folk art through 2009. Folk art is a term that encompasses works that also have been called outsider, naïve, primitive, visionary, and self-taught. Some of these artists represent art forms, such as quilting, that are passed down through generations, while others employ their own ingenuity to respond creatively to their environments. Objects in this gallery will rotate throughout the year. Visit often to see the changes in this gallery.

Read more: Folk Art Gallery at Birmingham Museum of Art features Self-taught Artists

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