Spring Museums Preview 

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The Frick Collection

The lower register of a certain display case in one of this museum’s smaller galleries features a wonderful little wax sculpture by Giambologna. As such, once Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes From the Hill Collection opens later this month, it might soon function as a most charming procedural footnote. In the meantime, of course, miss not Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals. Or more likely, go see it again before the girl and her pearl leave town in a few weeks.

Guggenheim Museum

Billed as “the first comprehensive overview” of Italian Futurism in the United States, Reconstructing the Universe, opening in late February, is sure to be enlightening and instructive. It will likely also bear surprising relevance to many artists’ interests and practices today. At the very least, with over 300 works in more media than you might imagine, calling it “interdisciplinary” is basically an understatement.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

As if the Met’s Cloisters weren’t an impressive enough feat of architectural transference on their own, they will soon be further graced by a suite of Romanesque stained glass windows from England’s Canterbury Cathedral, crafted circa 1178, that have never left their native environs. Back at the Met’s home base, meanwhile, the much-ballyhooed Balthus: Cats and Girls will be up for a couple more weeks.


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Mike Kelley’s winning show at PS1 has another month left in its run, and the Magritte exhibit in Midtown will be up for a couple more weeks. Look forward to April, though, for Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, which we predict to be one of this year’s most impressive retrospectives. If you’re not too familiar with Polke’s work, all the better. Your mind is more likely to be blown.

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