Germany - Franz Marc and August Macke: 1909 - 1914

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“Franz Marc and August Macke: 1900-1914” is an exhibition that explores the life and work of two German artists and the power of their friendship. In the four years prior to Macke’s death in 1914 (Marc himself died in 1916), they wrote each other scores of letters, visited each other’s homes, traveled together, and often discussed the development of their work. They shared ideas about art, and through their innovations helped create the movement known as Expressionism in early twentieth-century Germany.

Neue Galerie 1048 Fifth Avenue www.neuegalerie.org

Romania - Constantin Brancusi Sculpture

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Looking back at the first showing of Constnantin Brancusi’s work (1876-1957) in the United States, in the 1913 Armory Show, one writer reflected the sculptures on view were “disturbing, so disturbing indeed that they completely altered the attitude of a great many New Yorkers towards a whole branch of art.” Indeed, Brancusi’s beguillingly simple forms looked like nothing else, then and now. This exhibition celebrates 11 sculptures of Brancusi shown together for the first time, alongside drawings, photographs and films. A selection of never-before-seen archival materials shed light on his relationships with friends, sitters and patrons.

Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St. www.moma.org

France - Delacroix at The Met

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French painter Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) was one of the greatest creative figures of the nineteenth century. Coming of age after the fall of Napoleon, he reconnected the present to the past on his own terms. The exhibition, a joint project with the Musee du Louvre, illuminates Delacroix’s restless imagination through more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts - many never before shown in the United States.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue (84th St.) www.metmuseum.org

"Former" Yugoslavia - "Toward a Concrete Utopia"

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“Toward a Concrete Utopia” (Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948 - 1980) explores themes of large-scale urbanization, technology in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. The exhibition includes more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region, and features important architects including; Bogdan Bogdanovic, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radevic, Edvard Ravnikar, and Milica Steric.

Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St. www.moma.org

India - The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India

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Just over seven decades after the declaration of India’s independence in 1947 and the emergence of a modern art movement in India, Asia Society presents a landmark exhibition of works by members of the Progressive Artists Group, which formed in Bombay, now Mumbai, in the aftermath of independence. The exhibition will examine the founding ideology of the Progressives and explore the ways in which artists from different social, cultural, and religious backgrounds found common cause at a time of massive political and social upheaval. The exhibition comprises important works from the Group’s core founders - K.H. Ara, S.K. Bakre, H.A. Gade, M.F.Husain and more.

Asia Society 725 Park Avenue (70th St.) www.asiasociety.org

Russia - Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922

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Chaggal, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Gar in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 traces the fascinating post-revolutionary years when the history of art was shaped in Vitebsk, far from Russia’s main cities. Through some 120 works and documents loaned by museums in Vitebsk and Minsk and major American and European collections, the exhibition presents the artistic output of these three, as well as works by students and teachers of the Vitebsk schoo.

The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue www.jewishmuseum.org

Armenia - Armenia! at the MET

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This is the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievement of the Armenian people in a global context over fourteen centuries - from the fourth century, when the Armenians converted to Christianity in their homeland at the base of Mount Ararat, to the seventeenth century, when Armenians control of the global trade routes. Through 140 objects - including richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), church models, and printed books-the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue www.metmuseum.org

Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, China - Masterworks of Himalayan Art

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“Masterworks,” a regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin, explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years, and presents regional artistic traditions in their broad cultural, geographic, historical, and stylistic contexts. “Masterworks” is organized geographically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of western Tibet, central Tibet, eastern Tibet, and Bhutan in relation to the neighboring areas of eastern India, Kashmir, Nepal, China, and Mongolia.

Rubin Museum 150 West 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org

China - "Usual Girls" at Black Box Theater

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Ming Peiffer’s semi-autobiographical play at the Roundabout Underground stars Midori Francis as Kyeoung, an Asian-American girl growing up in a world that doesn’t seem to want her. Tyne Rafaeli directs a cast that includes Jennifer Lim, Ryann Redmond, and Ravi Ullman.

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center 111 West 46th St. www.roundabouttheatre.org