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Arts Guide

Newspaper article International New York Times

Arts Guide

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A look at selected arts events worldwide.


Celebrating Two Contemporary Geniuses: Jakuchu and Buson Suntory Museum of Art Through May 10.

The painters Ito Jakuchu and Yosa Buson, both born in 1716, pioneered some of 18th-century Japan's most celebrated artistic techniques, creating understated, clean-lined landscapes, portraits and images of animals. This exhibition weaves together their artworks with details from their lives. It explores topics like the influence that an onslaught of international trade in Japan had on their works, and how much the two might have influenced each other directly.

Buenos Aires

Performance Biennial Various venues. April 27-June 7.

After the French artist Sophie Calle's boyfriend ended their relationship by sending an email that closed with the words "take care of yourself," Ms. Calle filmed 100 women's reactions as they read the parting note. The resulting artwork, "Take Care of Yourself," is showing in this interdisciplinary performance festival, which also includes artwork and appearances by Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson and the performance artist Osias Yanov (whose "VI Sesion en el Parlamento" is shown above). The artist Tania Bruguera, whose passport was revoked by the Cuban government after planning a performance art demonstration for a public square in Havana last December, remains on the festival calendar and will attend if she can secure the right to leave Cuba.

Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK (Atomic War Command) Through Oct. 24

The underground bunker where this biennial takes place was built as a headquarters for the Yugoslav People's Army in the event of nuclear war and was kept a tight secret until Yugoslavia disintegrated in the early 1990s. The first two editions of this biennial focused on artwork about the Cold War, but this year curators have aimed to branch out. Artists' work on view include those of the Russian mural painter Nikolay Oleynikov; the Danish artist Tue Greenfort, who has used CCTV cameras to document wildlife; and the artist couple Damian and Delaine Le Bas.


La Traviata Zurich Opera House. Through May 23.

The director David Hermann, who recently staged a version of "The Oresteia" on the parking garage roof of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, directed this new take on Verdi's opera. The production (shown above) takes a modern spin on the material, updating the action to a present-day no-man's land. Sonya Yoncheva and Ailyn Perez will trade off performances in the role of Violetta Valery, the opera's damned courtesan.


Dolce Vita? From the Liberty to Italian Design (1900-1940); Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931). Le Dernier Symboliste Musee d'Orsay; Musee de l'Orangerie. Through Sept. 13; July 13.

Two related shows at the Orsay and its small sister museum compose a mini "Italian season" in Paris. …

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