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    ‘Abstraction’ to Cézanne, ‘Star Wars’ Toys’ to Le Corbusier

    Giacomo Balla’s “Velocità astratta + rumore (Abstract speed + sound)’’ (1913-14), in MoMA’s show in New York.
    Giacomo Balla’s “Velocità astratta + rumore (Abstract speed + sound)’’ (1913-14), in MoMA’s show in New York.

    “Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925”

    Museum of Modern Art

    New York

    Through April 15


    More than anything else, perhaps, it was abstraction that most indisputably made modern art modern. A century ago, artists in Germany, France, Russia, and Italy first began abandoning representation. Soon thereafter, painters throughout Europe and in America would be experimenting with abstraction. Artists with work in this comprehensive and groundbreaking exhibition include Kandinsky, Kupka, Picabia, Delaunay, Duchamp, Mondrian, Malevich, and Marsden Hartley. In addition to paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the show includes films, photographs, music, and works from other disciplines.  11 West 53d St., 212-708-9400,

    “Cézanne and the Past”

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    Museum of Fine Arts


    Through Feb. 13

    “I want to make of Impressionism something solid and lasting like the art in the museums,” Paul Cézanne once said. This exhibition examines his relationship to tradition, with more than 80 of his works and several dozen from his artistic predecessors.  Dózsa György út 41, 011-36-1-469-7100,

    “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit”


    Museum of Science and


    Through Feb. 18

    The career of cartoonist Charles Schulz and his most famous creation, the comic strip “Peanuts,” are the subject of this extensive retrospective. A highlight is a reproduction of Schulz’s drawing studio.  57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414, www.msichica


    National Gallery of Art


    Washington, D.C.

    Through March 3

    The museum is showing
    Michelangelo’s famed sculpture, which is on loan from Florence’s Museo Nazionale del Bargello. It hasn’t been shown in Washington since 1949.  4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215, www.nga

    “Between Orient and
    Occident: Treasures of the Kremlin From Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great”

    Dresden State Art Collection

    Dresden, Germany

    Through March 4

    On display are some 140 objects from Moscow’s most celebrated site. They include silver, jewels, textiles, and arms. Taschenberg 2, 011-49-351-49-14-2000,

    “ ‘Star Wars’ Toys”

    Museum of Decorative Arts


    Through March 17

    Much more than a movie series, George Lucas’s sci-fi film epic is a treasure trove of spinoffs: dolls, costumes, models, video games, stuffed animals, action figures. Some 400 of them are on display here. 107 rue de Rivoli,011-33-1-44-55-57-50, www.lesartsdecora

    “A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance”

    Tate Modern


    Through April 1

    How did the emergence of performance art affect the practice of painting? This extensive exhibition addresses that question. Artists surveyed include Jackson Pollock, David Hockney, Nikke de Saint Phalle, and Cindy Sherman.  Bankside, 011-44-20-7887-8888, www

    Paris and the Moulin Rouge”

    National Gallery of Australia


    Through April 2

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s vivid, vital relationship to the French capital and cabaret life is examined through paintings, drawings, and posters.  Parkes Place, 011-61-2-6240-6411,

    “Moment – Le Corbusier’s
    Secret Laboratory”

    Moderna Museet


    Jan. 19-April 18

    This very thorough overview of the architect’s career includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, architectural renderings, building models, books, and photographs.  Slupskjulsvägen 7, 011-46-8-5202-3503, www.mod

    Perot Museum of Nature
    and Science


    With a $185 million building designed by Thom Mayne and Morphosis, this new museum (it opened in November) boasts 11 exhibition halls and features such scientific areas as outer space, paleontology, geology, meteorology, ecology, and medicine. 1318 South 2nd Ave., 214-428-5555, www.perotmuse


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