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Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Art museums

PORTUGAL, JESUITS, AND JAPAN: SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AND EARTHLY GOODS An exhibition of 70 objects, including seven superb folding screens, examining the fascinating relationship between Portugal and Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries. Through June 2. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100, www.bc.edu/artmuseum

NEW BLUE AND WHITE A brilliant, out-of-the-box show looking at the dynamic responses of contemporary artists across the world to the tradition of blue and white porcelain. Through July 14. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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IN HARMONY: THE NORMA JEAN CALDERWOOD COLLECTION OF ISLAMIC ART Ceramics, illustrated folio pages, and drawings on paper, most them exquisite, make up this exhibition of Persianate work from the ninth to 19th centuries. Through June 1. Arthur M. Sackler Museum. 617-495-9400, www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit

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