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Arts Guide

Newspaper article International New York Times

Arts Guide

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A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.


Cleopatra: Rome and the Magic of Egypt Chiostro del Bramante. Through Feb. 2.

More than 2,000 years after her death, the last Queen of Egypt continues to draw crowds. One hundred and 80 works of art, on loan from some of the world's foremost musuems, tell the story of Cleopatra's relationship with Rome and ancient Rome's fascination with Egypt. After Cleopatra's visit to Rome from 46 to 44 B.C., "Egyptomania" was in full swing, with Romans copying Egyptian fashions and hairstyles, and decorating their villas and gardens with paintings, mosaics, sculptures and furnishings inspired by Egypt. Many of the works are on view for the first time, including a portrait of Octavia, the wife of Mark Anthony and the sister of Augustus, disguised as Cleopatra.

Seoul, South Korea

Hiroshi Sugimoto Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. Through March 23.

This is the first retrospective of Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948) in Korea, representing a wide range of his art from the late 1970s to the present, including well-known photography series as well as installations and video. Mr. Sugimoto is recognized as one of the most significant figures in Japanese contemporary art and is considered a master of contemporary photography. His work reflects his interest in history, science, religion and Eastern and Western philosophies. He considers himself an anachronism in today's world of digital images; he seeks to provide an opportunity for meditation and reflection, to allow a moment of spiritual reflection away from the hectic, high-velocity life of contemporary society.


Out of Body: Fragmentation in Art The Israel Museum. Through April 5.

Prehistoric artifacts, Egyptian amulets, Etruscan and Hellenistic votive offerings, European ex-votos, Jewish cult objects, and modern painting, sculpture, photography, video and installations show how diverse cultures have portrayed aspects of the human body over time. The 200 works on display include pieces by Hans Bellmer, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Gober, Sigalit Landau, Hila Lulu Lin, Annette Messager, Man Ray, Auguste Rodin and Sasha Serber, among others. Above, Mr. Serber's "Foot" (2012) and "Hand" (2012).

Bonn, Germany

1914: The Avant-Gardes at War Bundeskunsthalle. Through Feb. 23.

The first decades of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of artistic movements all over Europe. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 brought much of this creative ferment to an abrupt end, ending most of the international collaboration that had been formed as artists left their studios for the battlefield. About 300 works from 60 artists include both pro-war and antiwar art, art from the battlefield, propaganda pieces and works created under the pressure of the war, and works created in spite of it. …

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