6 Anxiety and Hope in Japanese Art Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 8 April–14 July 2024
More than 250 works, drawn mostly from the Met’s collection, testify to human anxiety in the form of religious sculpture, ritual objects and more modern works. Highlights include the earliest illustrated version of the 25th chapter of the Lotus Sutra and a newly acquired work by Kano Masanobu, chief painter of the Ashikagu shogunate.
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9 Drawing in Britain, 1700–1900: New Additions to the Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 2 April–6 August
The museum shows off some 80 new acquisitions that span two centuries of British art. From views of Venice for Grand Tourists to more homespun works by Victorian artists, landscape is the key genre here.
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8 Gulácsy: The Prince of Na’Conxypan Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 7 April–27 August
Lajos Gulacsy was so affected by the outbreak of the First World War that he had to be institutionalised. He can hardly be blamed for inventing the city of Na’Conxypan, which features heavily in this show of more than 200 examples of the Hungarian painter’s work.
7 Sarah Bernhardt: And the Woman Created the Star Petit Palais, Paris 14 April–27 August
When the legendary actress wasn’t interpreting masterpieces by Racine or Shakespeare, she could be found playing a starring role for the leading painters of the day, as well as sculpting works of her own. To mark the centenary of her death, the Petit Palais is paying tribute to France’s most famous thespian.
10 Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece British Museum, London 4 May–13 August er:
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The opulence of the Persian king was heavily criticised in fifth-century Athens, but by the time Alexander the Great defeated Darius III, luxury was as highly prized by the Greeks as it was by their defeated foes. Exceptional loans such as the Panagyurishte Treasure from Bulgaria (pictured) show how far and wide fine living spread.