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Royal collection to Rothko, mechanics of fashion to magic of cinema

Nicholas Hilliard’s portrait of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, circa 1595-1600.
Nicholas Hilliard’s portrait of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, circa 1595-1600.

“In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion”

The Queen’s Gallery


Through Oct. 6


Art, fashion, and history come together in this exhibition drawn from the holdings of the British royal family, which casts a loving eye on monarchical and court attire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Paintings by such artists as Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Antony Van Dyck, and Peter Lely are featured, as well as drawings, clothes, armor, jewelry, and other accessories. Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, 011-44-20-7766-7301,

“Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s”

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Denver Art Museum

Through Sept. 29

The ’40s were the pivotal decade in the painter’s career. He abandoned realism, his work evolving from evocations of myth to the color-field canvases that made him famous. Along with paintings by Rothko, the exhibition includes works by fellow Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Robert Motherwell.
100 West 14th Ave. Parkway, 720-865-5000,

“Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe — Works 1970-2011”

Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts



Through Oct. 13

Bartlett was one of the most important American painters to emerge in the 1970s. This four-decade survey includes examples from several of her painting series, as well as some of her experiments in sculpture. 118-128 North Broad St., 215-972-7600,

“R. B. Kitaj: The Retrospective”

Hamburger Kunsthalle



Through Oct. 27

Kitaj was a key figure in the School of London (a term he coined), along with such expressively realist artists as Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach. The 130 or so paintings, prints, and drawings by Kitaj indicate what made his career so distinctive. Glockengießerwall, 011-49-40-428-131-200,


National Museum of Denmark


Through Nov. 17

The AEgir, with a length of 270 feet, is the largest surviving Viking ship. Discovered in 1997, it’s the centerpiece of this overview of the life and times of those fierce Scandinavian warriors, merchants, and explorers. Prinsens Palae, Frederiks-holms Kanal 12. 011-45-3313-4411,

55th Venice Biennale

Through Nov. 24

It’s that time of every other year again, when Venice becomes the world capital of art, architecture, film, and culture. This year’s theme is “The Encyclopedic Palace,” emphasizing the vast diversity of art. Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco 1364/A, 011-39-041-521-8711,

“Behind the Seams: An Indiscreet Look at the Mechanics of Fashion”

Museum of Decorative Arts


Through Nov. 24

What you see isn’t necessarily what you get. Fashion can involve concealment as well as display. This first-of-its kind exhibition focuses on, yes, undergarments. Among the essentials on display are corsets, crinolines, bustles, poufs, brassieres, and flies (the kind you button, not the kind you swat). 107 rue de Rivoli, 011-33-1-44-55-57-50,

“Georges Méliès: The Magic of Cinema”

CaixaForum Madrid

Through Dec. 8

The silent cinema pioneer is celebrated with screenings of his films, including the classic “A Trip to the Moon,” and the display of numerous items relating to his work. Among them are his first camera and the costumes worn in “Moon.”

Paseo del Prado 36, 011-34-91-330-73-00,

“Van Gogh at Work”

Van Gogh Museum


Through Jan. 12

More than 200 of the artist’s works are in this exhibition focusing on his working methods. In addition to paintings and prints, it includes letters, sketchbooks, paint tubes, and his only surviving palette.

Paulus Potterstraat 7, 011-31-20-570-5200,

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