Salvador Dalí, Spanish 1904–89 - "In search of the fourth dimension" 1979 - Oil on canvas, 123.5 x 245.5 cm. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VISCOPY, 2009

MELBOURNE, AU - Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire  is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Salvador Dalí ever to be staged in Australia. The exhibition is drawn from the holdings of the two largest collections of Dalí in the world: - the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres, Spain; and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St Petersburg, Florida, USA. The exhibition opens 13 June and will be on view through 4 October, 2009 at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This year the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series includes Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire at the National Gallery of Victoria and A Day in Pompeii at Melbourne Museum. Melbourne Winter Masterpieces is an initiative of the Victorian Government.

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Edgar Degas - At the Races in the Countryside, 1869 - Oil on Canvas, 36.5 x 55.9 cm. - © 2010 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

TOKYO.- The pictorial treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are being shown in Tokyo, in a major exhibition that explores five centuries of European art made by masters such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, El Greco, Picasso and Van Gogh. The exhibition takes place at the Mori Art Center in Japan's capital, where the visitor is greeted at the entrance by two pictures, Velasquez’ "Luis de Gongora y Argote (1622), and " Victorine Meurent "(1862) by Edouard Manet, as evidence of the influence that the first painter had on the second.

Read more: Masterpieces from The Museum of Fine Arts Boston Travel to Tokyo

From the outset the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has played an important role in the development of science and culture. It was in this museum in 1860 that the celebrated debate on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species took place.

OXFORD.- Highlights of the year-long programme of special events include the first exhibition in the west of the extraordinary 525 million year old Chengjiang fossils from China (17 May – 14 November 2010) a high profile lecture series with speakers including Sir David Attenborough on Birds of Paradise (20 October 2010) and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy on Symmetry (27 October 2010), a one-woman show and exhibition to mark the centenary of Oxford Nobel prize-winner Dorothy Hodgkin (10 May 2010), and a Son et Lumiere and Pitt Rivers Museum Torchlight Trail (28 May 2010). There will be a number of special exhibitions including the Wonderland of Natural History 1860-2010 about the development of the museum’s remarkable building (26 May – 31 December 2010) and a Huxley Wilberforce Debate (11 September 2010).

Read more: Oxford University Museum of Natural History Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Pablo Picasso - Las Meninas after Velasquez , 1957 - Museu Picasso de Barcelona. © Museu Picasso de Barcelona / Succession Picasso / DACS 2009

LONDON - The National Gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso reveals how the greatest artist of the 20th century pitted himself against the great European painting tradition. Seizing on the signature themes, techniques and artistic concerns of painters such as Velázquez, Rembrandt and Cézanne, Picasso transformed the art of the past into ‘something else entirely’, creating audacious paintings of his own. Sometimes his ‘quotations’ from the past were direct, at other times more allusive and, occasionally, full of parody and irreverence. On exhibition through 7th June, 2009.

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Ettore BUGATTI (manufacturer), Italy/France 1881–1947 - Type 57C Atalante 1938 - 143 x 163 x 486 cm. - Private collection 

MELBOURNE, AU - The National Gallery of Victoria will present Bugatti: Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Jean, the first Australian exhibition to focus on the extraordinary Bugatti family. Bugatti: Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Jean will comprise over 30 works across a range of media exploring the remarkable, creative output that emerged from this one family in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Welcome to the world of Bugatti. On exhibition 6 February through 26 April, 2009.

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Maurice Prendergast (American, 1859-1924) - Seaside, Maine, ca.1910/13 - Picker Art Gallery, gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast

HAMILTON, NY.- The Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University features two new exhibitions for the summer and fall seasons, both highlighting special selections from the permanent collection: A Painters’ World: Twentieth Century Paintings and I See You: Drawings of Figures and Faces. The exhibitions will both be on view until November 16.

Read more: Colgate's Picker Art Gallery Exhibitions ~ Treasures from the Permanent Collection

Laura Owens - Untitled, 2000 - Acrylic, oil, and watercolor on canvas -110 x 144 in. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by The Scott D. F. Spiegel Endowment Fund

Los Angeles, CA - The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), for the first time in its 29-year history, dedicates the entire MOCA Grand Avenue galleries to the most comprehensive exhibition to date of its permanent collection. The surprising depth and coherence of MOCA’s permanent collection is due in great measure to its being a “collection of collections,” of which key acquisitions and gifts from several important collectors and artists form the armature. Comprising approximately 250 works by over 120 artists, Collecting Collections: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, on view at MOCA Grand Avenue. 

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Pablo Picasso's Etriente, a rare early painting of the artist with his lover - Photo: PA

PARIS - The Picasso and The Masters exhibition will open 72 straight hours due to its closing. From January 30 to February 2, the exhibition will not close at all. Since the exhibition opened on October 6, there have been more than 450,000 visitors to the exhibition taking place at the Grand Palais. It is impossible to make reservations to the normal exhibition hours and one can go without a reservation but will have to wait in queue between one and two hours. The oppression felt by the virtuoso youth, who never drew as a child does but was immediately confronted with Michelangelo and Raphael, long nourished a subversive urge which drove him into the most radical formal innovations, Cubism, and to the foundation of modern art.

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Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, 1960. Collection Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © 1960 La Dolce Vita - Riama Film - S.N.Pathé Cinéma - Gray Film / identité de l’auteur réservée.

PARIS.- This Fellini exhibition at the Jeu de Paume provides an opportunity to reconsider the topicality of his films. It sets out to explore the world and sources of inspiration of this director whose name has entered everyday speech in the form of an adjective, Fellinian or Felliniesque, which evokes eccentricity and the baroque or grotesque parade of human foibles. The material surrounding his work is indeed particularly rich in discoveries and surprises. Juxtaposed with video excerpts, it conveys a vivid idea of the artist at work. Federico Fellini’s forty-year career was one of constant change. On exhibition through 17 January, 2010.

Read more: Jeu de Paume Exhibition “Fellini, la Grande Parade” Examines the Director's Career

William Kentridge - Drawing for the film Stereoscope [Felix Crying], 1998–99; Charcoal, pastel, & colored pencil on paper; 47 1/4 x 63 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; © 2008 William Kentridge; Photo: courtesy the artist & The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - William Kentridge: Five Themes, a comprehensive survey of the contemporary South African artist's work, will premiere at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on March 14, 2009. Featuring more than 75 works in a range of media—including animated films, drawings, prints, theater models, sculptures, and books—the exhibition is co-organized by SFMOMA and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. The San Francisco presentation, overseen by SFMOMA Curator of Media Arts Rudolf Frieling, will be on view through May 31, 2009.

Read more: SFMOMA Celebrates the Premiere of William Kentridge ~ Five Themes

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