Hopkins, Elisabeth, International Herald Tribune
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.
A selection of worldwide exhibitions for the summer.
Ai Weiwei: According to What? Art Gallery of Ontario. Aug. 17- Oct. 27.
Twelve bronze animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac by Mr. Ai are now installed in the reflecting pool outside City Hall (through Sept. 22). They herald the opening in a few weeks of the display of photos, sculptures, installations, and videos by the much publicized Chinese artist. www.ago.net
ArTricks The Israel Museum. Through Feb. 1.
About 50 optical illusions, trompe l'oeils, manipulations (some interactive) by modern and contemporary artists -- Cattelan, Riley, Vasarely -- complement the 30 prints of a distorted reality by M.C. Escher. Above, Escher's "Drawing Hands, 1948." www.imj.org.il
Stradivarius Ashmolean Museum. Through Aug. 11.
A recreation of Stradivarius's workshop in Cremona, 20 rare instruments by his hand, recordings and interviews illustrate the luthier's (c. 1644-1737) life and work. Verlaine's "long sobs of the violins of autumn" sound different. www.ashmolean.org
Yayoi Kusama: Obsesion Infinita Malba -- Fundacion Costantini. June 30-Sept. 16.
The obsessive dots and more. A survey of the Japanese artist's (born 1929) creativity with 110 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, videos, slideshows and installations spanning the years 1949 to 2012. The show will travel to Brazil and Mexico. www.malba.org.ar
Maurizio Cattelan: Kaputt! Fondation Beyeler. Through Oct. 6.
A one-installation show. Full of Max Ernst's poetic images ("Max Ernst," through Sept. 8), you enter the next vast, white room. Hanging from the wall are five headless taxidermied horses, above, a gathering of the five equine works produced for private collectors by the provocative Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, who retired two years ago from art making. www.fondationbeyeler.ch
Warhol: Immortal Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. Through Aug. 25.
"I've always wanted people to notice me." Portraits and self- portraits in a variety of media by the Pop artist (1928-87), who fed his own propaganda with paintings of celebrities, consumer products and provocative performances. www.tepapa.govt.nz
Giorgio Morandi Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bozar. Through Sept. 22.
The subtle paintings of a discrete thinker. Morandi (1890-1964) thought long and hard about the essence of objects and the purity of shapes before he created "essential" still lifes, landscapes and bunches of flowers in paint, drawing, engraving and watercolor. …