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Arts Guide

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Arts Guide

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A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.

New York

Balthus: Cats and Girls -- Paintings and Provocations The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through Jan. 12.

A closed world of suggestive young girls: This exhibition spans the mid-1930s to the '50s, when Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, known as Balthus (1908-2001), explored in depth the theme of young nubile girls, seen in closed rooms, most of the time alone, or with a cat. A sensitive mix of innocence, seduction and eroticism that Balthus said was only in the eye of the beholder. The 34 paintings are complemented by 40 ink drawings of the artist and his lost cat, created when Balthus was only 11 and first published by Rainer Maria Rilke in 1921. Above, "Therese, 1939."


Destruction and Restoration Egyptian Museum.

A display of 29 survivors: 29 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum that were stolen, damaged or destroyed in the uprising of January 2011, but later recovered and restored. They include the mummy of a child whose head was severed, and a gold statue of King Tut. Unfortunately, a similar number of works are still missing.


Brasiliana. Installationen von 1960 bis Heute Schirn Kunsthalle. Through Jan. 5.

In the wake of its show about Brazilian street art, the Schirn is offering eight large-scale installations by Brazilian artists that directly involve the public. This "art of experience" comes from established artists (Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Cildo Meireless) and younger, but no less famous, creators (Ernesto Neto and Maria Nepomuceno, among others). Above, "Baitogogo, 2013," Henrique Oliveira's installation on display in Paris. www.schirn-


Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist in Modern Paris Bridgestone Museum of Art. Through Dec. 29.

The unknown Impressionist, Caillebotte (1848-1894) not only exhibited with his Impressionist friends, but bought their works and financed their exhibitions. His 60 self-portraits, portraits of family and friends, his views of Paris transformed by the progress of industrialization, his depictions of people at work or in their leisure activities, and his river views (Caillebotte was an expert sailor) are complemented by photographs by his brother Martial, whose themes often echo Gustave's paintings.

Doha, Qatar

Relics Al Riwaq Doha. Through Jan. 22.

Monday saw the spectacular unveiling of a work commissioned from Damien Hirst: 14 monumental bronze sculptures chronicling the gestation of a human being. On Thursday the museum introduced this retrospective of the provocative British artist's works -- a blockbuster at Tate Modern in 2012, also sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority. It includes some of Mr. Hirst's (born 1965) morbid, hyperexpensive works: the shark in formaldehyde, the installation of living butterflies, the facsimile pills in cabinets and the 8,601-diamond skull. …

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