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Museum buildings take center stage

African and pre-Columbian art has moved to the north gallery of the new Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
African and pre-Columbian art has moved to the north gallery of the new Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Renzo Piano Pavilion

Kimbell Art Museum

Fort Worth

Louis Kahn’s design for the Kimbell has long been considered one of the finest of any museum. The building itself is a work of art — which made any expansion a very considerable challenge. Now, four decades after the museum opened, in 1972, there is Renzo Piano’s addition. It opened on Nov. 27. Quite sensibly, Piano left the Kahn building alone. The addition is a separate pavilion, 65 yards distant from the main building. “Close enough for a conversation,” Piano has said, “not too close and not too far away.” The pavilion’s height, heavy reliance on natural light, and building materials (concrete, glass, and wood) all echo Kahn’s structure. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451,

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Last month the former Miami Art Museum became Pérez Art Museum Miami: a new oceanfront building to go with the new name, designed by the firm of Herzog & de Meuron, and a 1,300-work collection, focused on art of the 20th and 21st centuries. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-3000,

“Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections”

National Gallery of Art


Through March 2


For more than a thousand years, the greatest city in Christendom was Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. That greatness extended to art, as is made plain by the more than 150 items on display. They range from mosaics and icons to manuscripts, jewelry, and ceramics. 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215,

“Goya’s ‘Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna’ ” and “Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints”

Norton Simon Museum

Pasadena, Calif.

Both through March 3

Francisco de Goya y Lucien-tes was the foremost painter of the 18th century. His portrait of the Duke de Osuna, on loan from New York’s Frick Collection, is the centerpiece of a Goya mini-festival. It’s joined by the Simon Museum’s three paintings and a drawing and, in “Unflinching Vision,” nearly three dozen prints. 411 West Colorado Blvd., 626-449-6840,

“Surrealism and the Object”


Pompidou Center


Through March 3

In this first major exhibition devoted to Surrealist sculpture, some 200 objects show how Surrealist artists made art and the everyday combine in incongruous and memorable ways. 19 rue Beaubourg, 011-33-1-44-78-12-33,

“Monet, an Eye for Land-scapes: Innovation in 19th-Century French Landscape Paintings”

National Museum of Western Art


Through March 14

Few painters have laid such a claim to the outdoors as the Impressionist master. Displaying three dozen Monet landscapes alongside works by such contemporaries as Manet and Picasso, this exhibition examines his use of pictorial space to advance his portrayal of the effects of natural light. 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, 011-81-3-5777 8600.

“Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective”

Jewish Museum

New York

Through March 23

Best known for his graphic novel “Maus,” which depicts the Holocaust in terms of mice (Jews) and cats (Nazis), Spiegelman has been a major figure in popular art and graphics since the 1960s, when he got his start in underground comix. This is his first career survey in a US museum. 1109 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3200, www

“Beyond El Dorado: Powerand Gold in Ancient Colombia”

British Museum


Through March 23

For centuries European explorers went to South America in search of the fabled El Dorado, the city of gold. The city wasn’t real, but the gold was — as the 300 glittering objects in this exhibition amply demonstrate. Great Russell Street, 011-44-20-7323-8299,

“The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation”

Norton Museum of Art

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Through March 23

This is the largest survey devoted to the Polaroid era in photography. It includes some 150 images by 40 artists. Among them are Ansel Adams, Lucas Samaras, and Catherine Opie. 1451 South Olive Ave., 561-832-5196,

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