On View

Culture capital on display from Marseille to MoMA

From the “Ici.Ailleurs” (Here. Elsewhere) exhibition at Tour Panorama in Marseille, the sculpture and installation “Mammalia” by Gloria Friedmann (above) and the sculpture “Le Terrier” by Gilles Barbier (below).
From the “Ici.Ailleurs” (Here. Elsewhere) exhibition at Tour Panorama in Marseille, the sculpture and installation “Mammalia” by Gloria Friedmann.

European Capital of Culture

Marseille-Provence, France

Through Dec. 31

Since 1985, the European Union has annually designated cities as cultural capitals for a given calendar year. For 2013, there are two: Košice, Slovakia; and Marseille, along with the Provence region, in France. Several exhibitions look at Mediterranean history and culture, with a focus on Marseille as a crossroads; and a new museum dedicated to those subjects opens in June. In January, a new performance space, the Panorama, opened. This month, FRAC, a museum devoted to contemporary art and temporary exhibitions, is set to open. The Villa Méditerranée museum opens in April. 1 Place Villeneuve


“Mozart Pictures — Pictures of Mozart”


International Mozarteum Foundation

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Salzburg, Austria

Through April 14

Fourteen portraits made of Mozart during his life have survived. Twelve are in this exhibition, along with some 70 other pictures that date from after the composer’s death. Makartplatz 8, 011-43-662-874227-40,

“Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction”

British Library



Through May 12

A survey of the genre from its roots in the early 19th century up to the present (Nordic Noir, anyone?). Figuring in the exhibition are such fictive notables as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Fu Manchu. 96 Euston Road, 011-44-843-208-1144,

“Garry Winogrand”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

March 9-May 31


Winogrand’s loose, nervy, improvisatory style has had an enormous impact on photographers over the past half century. This is the first major retrospective of his work in 25 years. 151 3d St., 415-357-4000,

“Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century”

Yale Center for British Art

New Haven

Through June 2

This extensive and varied exhibition looks at painting, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts in Britain during the years between Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 and World War I. 1080 Chapel St., 203-432-2800,

“Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina”

National Gallery of Art


March 24-June 9

Dürer was the greatest artist of the northern Renaissance. This comprehensive overview features 118 works on paper from Vienna’s Albertina Museum, as well as another 19 from the National Gallery’s own holdings.  4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-737-4215,

“Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Through June 16

Three thousand years of Peruvian culture are covered in this extensive exhibition. It features nearly 400 works of art, more than a quarter of them previously unshown outside of Peru.  1380 Sherbrooke St. West, 514-285-2000,

“Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders”

Akron Art Museum

Akron, Ohio

Through June 21

Himself a motorcyclist, Lyon took these photographs of riders in the Midwest in the mid-’60s. The images are at once documents of an era and emblems of an American ideal of freedom and mobility. 1 South High, 330-376-9185,

“Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light”

Museum of Modern Art

New York

March 6-Aug. 13

Brandt was the foremost British photographer of the 20th century. This show examines how important the play of darkness and light was to him in all the genres he excelled in: landscape, portraiture, documentary, the nude. 11 West 53d St., 212-708-9400,

“Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux”

Field Museum


March 20-Sept. 8

In limestone caves in southern France, the oldest surviving human art was made nearly 20,000 years ago. Among the highlights of this exhibition are precise replicas of the Lascaux paintings and the caves sheltering them. 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, 312-922-9410,

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