Dado in his studio, May 2009. Photo: Domingo Djuric - Montenegrin-born artist Dado (b. Cetinje, 1933) has been creating a world of delicate horror and intricate fantasy in every medium from painting and fresco to drawing, engraving & book illustration.

VENICE.- For half a century, the well-known Montenegrin-born artist Dado (b. Cetinje, 1933) has been creating a world of delicate horror and intricate fantasy in every medium from painting and fresco to drawing, engraving and book illustration. The commissioner for the exhibition is Michael Peppiatt, formerly editor of ‘Art International’ and best known for his books and exhibitions on Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti and other major 20th-century artists.

Read more: Montenegro Pavilion at Palazzo Zorzi showcases the famous Dado ~ "The Zorzi Elegies"

James GILLRAY - The plumb-pudding in danger or State epicures,  1805 - hand-coloured etching 25.5 x 35.7 cm. - National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne - Felton Bequest, 1944

Melbourne, Vic. - This exhibition presents the Golden Age of satirical prints and drawings in Europe, focusing on the period 1730–1870. William Hogarth's images of London street life, with all its chaos and transgressions, set the stage for the next generation of English satirists including Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray and George Cruikshank. On view until the 26th of July, 2009 at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Read more: The National Gallery of Victoria features "The Satirical Eye"

HAARLEM, NL - The Frans Hals Museum is presenting a work by the British artist Francis Bacon flanked by two monumental paintings by Cornelis van Haarlem. What links these artists is their admiration for Michelangelo. This Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet was a great source of inspiration for them both. The exhibition Conversation Piece II is on view from 3 July to 10 October 2010. With the series ‘Conversation Piece’, the Frans Hals Museum wants to encourage visitors to take a fresh look at the 16th and 17th-century collection of paintings. By juxtaposing these works with modern and contemporary art, surprising links are laid between highly varied styles and periods in the history of art. The museum demonstrates that even though certain perceptions and opinions have a long history they are nevertheless still valid today and continue to be revisited and explored.

Read more: The Frans Hals Museum Presents Master Painters Side by Side

Grant Wood, American (1892–1942) - Family Doctor, 1941 - Lithograph - The Anna C. Hoyt Collection, Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, TNThe Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of  The Printed Page: Selections from the Anna C. Hoyt Collection an extensive exhibition of Old Master and modern prints curated by Joseph Mella, director of the gallery. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Old Gym, at the corner of 23rd and West End Avenues. All events are free and open to the public. On view through May 8th, 2009.

Read more: Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery showcases "The Printed Page"

Karl Kluth (1898-1972) - "Küste in Nordschleswig", 1931. - Oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm. - © Nachlass Karl Kluth © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk. Photo: Elke Walford.

HAMBURG.- As part of the festival “Himmel auf Zeit” – die 20er Jahre in Hamburg (“A Temporary Heaven” – the 1920s in Hamburg), the Hamburger Kunsthalle is highlighting the diversity of the city’s art scene in the period after the First World War. In the years between the foundation of the Weimar Republic and the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship, Hamburg’s avant-garde art scene was dominated by four different movements: one was a style strongly oriented towards contemporary French painting, while another reflected emerging expressionist tendencies; this in turn gave way to Magic Realism and – from the second half of the 1920s onwards – there was also a distinct move from objective depiction towards abstract pictorial forms.

Read more: Art in Hamburg in the 1920s and Onward at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Detail of Shah' Abbas as depicted on the wall of Chihil Sutun Palace, Isfahan, c. AD 1647. C. The Trustees of The British Museum Photo: Ebrahim Khadem Bayat

LONDON - The British Museum just opened the first major exhibition to explore the rule and legacy of Shah 'Abbas, one of the formative figures in the creation of modern Iran. Shah of Iran from 1587 – 1629 AD, he is remembered as one of the country’s most influential kings and a great military leader, ruling Iran at a time of political renewal, when it succeeded in positioning itself as a world power with a sharply defined national identity. In association with The Iran Heritage Foundation, the exhibition will feature extraordinary loans, never before seen outside of Iran, alongside loans from Europe and the US. On view through 14 June, 2009.

Read more: The British Museum exhibition Explores the Legacy of Shah' Abbas

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Marcelle Lender dansar bolero i

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - The exhibition devoted to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm next spring is the first comprehensive presentation of the French artist in Sweden for forty years. The exhibition will include some 200 items: drawings, posters and oil paintings. His works will be on view at the Nationalmuseum from 21 February to 25 May 2008.

Read more: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec coming to the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm

Charles Biederman - Untitled, Paris, April 1937 - Oil on canvas Museum purchase, Weisman Art Museum

Miami, FL - Charles Biederman: An American Idealist, a touring exhibition organized by the Frederick Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota will be on view at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, from November 22, 2008 through January 18, 2009.  The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the life and work of  Charles Biederman (1906-2004), an acclaimed American modernist, important in the Constructivist movement, who pioneered new directions in geometric abstract art. The exhibition features a broad array of paintings and sculptures created during a prolific and influential artistic career. 

Read more: Lowe Art Museum to feature a Charles Biederman Retrospective

Georges Braque -  Atelier VIII, 1954/55 - Colección Masaveu, Oviedo - © VBK Wien, 2007/08

VIENNA - The Bank Austria Kunstforum presents a large-scale retrospective on Georges Braque for 2008 as an act of homage to this major pathfinder of the avant-garde. It will not only be the first retrospective in Central Europe after a period of twenty years, but the very first presentation of Georges Braque in Austria – 45 years after his death. The exhibition Georges Braque – The Lyricism of Geometry will take this as an opportunity of (re-)discovering his extraordinary oeuvre. On display through 1 March, 2009.

Read more: Bank Austria Kunstforum exhibits "Georges Braque ~ The Lyricism of Geometry"

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