King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium observe the painting “Black Magic” made by Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967). The royal couple inaugurated the new museum dedicated to the Surrealist painter. - Photo: EFE/ Denis Closson

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - On June 2 2009, the new Magritte Museum opens its doors to the public on the Place Royale in Brussels. The first museum of this scope devoted to one of the best known artists of the 20th century, presents for the first time the largest collection of Magritte works in the world. This new cultural and touristic attraction in Belgium has been completed thanks to an original partnership between the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Magritte Foundation, the Belgian Régie des Bâtiments, the Belgian Federal Science Policy Administration, and the GDF SUEZ Group, which completed the museum’s installation thanks to a skill-based sponsorship unique in Belgium.

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Robert Rauschemberg Express

Madrid, Spain - Opening on 7 November at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is the 20th in the Museum’s “Contexts of the Permanent Collection” series.  Entitled RauschenbergExpress, it is the first exhibition organized by the Museum to be devoted to a living artist.  The exhibition aims to document and reveal the process through which the American artist Robert Rauschenberg arrived at the technique of oil painting with ink serigraphy – one of his most important innovations – and the way this became the principal element of his style around 1963, the year that Express was painted.

Read more: "Rauschenberg Express" Hosted by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Richard Jolley Extravagent

Montgomery, AL - The exhibition Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass, 1985-Present at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on exhibition through February 4. In this first museum retrospective of Richard Jolley’s art, there are no less than ten different categories of work ranging from the early 1980s through today.  During his career, Jolley moves seamlessly between various media, from glass and bronze to works on paper.  Included are examples of his vessels, monoliths, blue line drawings, reliefs, torsos, busts, works on paper, mixed media assemblages, and the Tabula Rasa series.  He is best known for his critically acclaimed Totem Series that integrates busts, torsos, and other forms into colorful assemblages some of which stand six feet tall.

Read more: Richard Jolley ~ Sculptor of Glass at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Cy Twombly - Sensations of the Moment, - MUMOK Ausstellungsansicht / exhibition view. - Photo: Lisa Rastl © MUMOK

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - For the first time in Austria, MUMOK presents a retrospective of Cy Twombly’s work. Twombly, one of the most important artists of his generation (b.1928), has been based in Italy since the late 1950s. His work diverged from the abstract expressionist tradition dominated by such figures as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Twombly first gained recognition with large format, monumental paintings with gestural and often textual inscriptions. His works have been influenced by poetry and classical mythology but also by Mediterranean landscapes and lighting. The exhibition “weaves together” approximately 200 works from every period, bringing his much lesser known photographic work together for the first time with his paintings, sculpture and drawings. On view through 11 October, 2009.

Read more: Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK) opens First Retrospective for Cy Twombly in Austria

Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer shown presenting President John F. Kennedy with a Jasper Johns Flag sculpture.

NEW YORK, NY.- Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America’s most influential art dealer. Now Annie Cohen-Solal, author of the hugely acclaimed Sartre: A Life (“an intimate portrait of the man that possesses all the detail and resonance of fiction”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), recounts his incalculably influential and astonishing life in Leo and His Circle. Leo Castelli (born Leo Krauss; September 4, 1907 – August 21, 1999) was an American art dealer. He was best known to the public as an art dealer whose gallery showcased cutting edge Contemporary art for five decades.Castelli showed Surrealism , Abstract Expressionism , Neo-Dada , Pop Art , Op Art , Color field painting , Hard-edge painting , Lyrical Abstraction , Minimal Art , Conceptual Art , and Neo-expressionism , among other movements.

Read more: "Leo and His Circle" by Annie Cohen-Solal Tells the Life of Leo Castelli

Pablo Picasso - Bathers with a Toy Boat. 1937 - Oil, chalk and charcoal on canvas. - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

PERTH, AU - This autumn the public will have the unique opportunity of seeing world-class works of art normally on display in Venice, Italy, when the Art Gallery of Western Australia hosts Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice (October 9, 2010 - January 31, 2011), the first exhibition of a new series entitled Great Collections of the World. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Philip Rylands, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

Read more: Australian Museum Announces Exhibition of Works from Guggenheim

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) - In Memoriam, c. 1858–61 -  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

AMSTERDAM, NL - The Van Gogh Museum is hosting the first retrospective in thirty years of Belgian artist Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) from 18 September 2009 until 24 January 2010. Stevens was one of the most well-known artists in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. He caused a furore with his paintings of elegant, intriguing and distant women. The artist captured the contemporary worldly woman convincingly and deftly, paying close attention to the gorgeous textures of the clothing and luxuriously appointed interiors. Featuring 64 paintings, the exhibition Alfred Stevens is being organised in cooperation with the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, where it is currently on display until 23 August 2009.

Read more: Van Gogh Museum to feature Alfred Stevens ~ Painter of Worldly Women

Joan Miró (1893-1983) - Peinture (Femme se poudrant) - signed 'Miró' (lower right) - Painted in 1949 Oil, gouache, watercolour, pastel & India ink on canvas - 35.3 x 46 cm.- Estimate :$3,605,800 - $4,589,200

LONDON.- The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will take place at Christie’s on 23 June and will offer 46 works of art, including exceptional museum-quality masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, Joan Miró, Camille Pissarro and Marcel Duchamp. The auction is expected to realise in excess of £40 million and will be on public view at Christie’s in London from 18 to 23 June 2009. Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s London: “Impressionist and Modern art continues to attract global interest as illustrated by the strong results at our recent auctions in London in February and in New York in May.

Read more: Miró, Marc, Monet and Picasso highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) of London, UK, has officially opened to the public in Millennium Park. More than 7,000 pieces of aluminum - no two alike - had to be individually bent and welded to create its curvilinear form.

CHICAGO, IL. The much anticipated Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) of London, UK, has officially opened to the public in Millennium Park. The pavilion is located next to the UNStudio pavilion, which opened to the public on June 19th. Both are located on the Monroe Street side of the park’s Chase Promenade. More than 7,000 pieces of aluminum - no two alike - had to be individually bent and welded to create its curvilinear form. Then thousands of yards of fabric had to be custom tailored and tightly fit onto the interior and exterior aluminum-tube structure. This first-of-its kind installation stretched the limits of all involved – as a Burnham venue properly should – and its fabrication took longer than the original contractor expected.

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The ten symbols of longevity, 1800's. 2 of 6 panel folding screen, colour on paper, each panel 63.5 X 40 cm. © Musee Guimet / Thierry Ollivier

SYDNEY, AU - This is the gallery’s first exhibition of traditional Korean painting. 'Korean Dreams' includes a lively selection of some 40 decorative paintings and screens dating from the 17th to 19th centuries (Joseon dynasty). The collection, passionately assembled by the distinguished contemporary Korean artist Lee Ufan, who now lives in Kamakura, is considered to be one of the most important collected by a single connoisseur. On exhibition 5 March through 8 June, 2009, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Read more: The Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibits 'Korean Dreams'

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