Arts Agenda: Mozart and Rembrandt birthday commemorations scheduled


The new year brings events marking the birthdays of Mozart, Benjamin Franklin and Rembrandt as well as exhibitions featuring old to modern masters, animation, motorcycles and medieval castles.  


Aspen, Colo. -- Wintersculpt, a 48-hour snow sculpture and carving competition, is a highlight of Aspens annual Winterskol, a festival from Jan. 12 to 15 featuring more than 40 events throughout Aspen and nearby ski areas. 


Boca Raton, Fla. -- Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries: The Art of the Poster, visits the Boca Raton Museum of Art from Jan. 11 to April 2. A second exhibition, James McNeill Whistler: Selected Works From the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, including 131 works and memorabilia from the artists estate, also runs through April 2.

Boston -- Degas to Picasso: Modern Masters at the Museum of Fine Arts from Jan. 18 to July 23, includes works from the Impressionists to the Post-Impressionists, covering a period from the turn of the 20th century through the 1960s.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum focuses on a Venetian Renaissance master in Gentile Bellini and the East, which runs through March 26.

Eatonville, Fla. -- Music, theater, art exhibits and street fairs are among the offerings at the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities from Jan. 21 to 29. The festival, held in Americas oldest African-American municipality, honors one of Americas leading African-American writers.

Elko, Nev. -- Were seeing a different side of cowboys this season. First there was Brokeback Mountain, and now this: the Western Folklife Centers 22nd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4.   

Los Angeles -- Cant experience a Carnival or Mardi Gras festival in person? You might want to catch an exhibition that looks at the costumes, masks, photos and videos from carnival celebrations around the world. Carnaval! at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, runs through April 23.

Milwaukee -- The Milwaukee Public Museum is the last stop in the U.S. for the touring exhibition Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes. The exhibition, open from Feb. 4 to May 7, includes more than 300 works of art and historical objects.

Although American artist Bruce Nauman worked in a range of media, the new exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum focuses solely on his use of light. Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works With Light runs from Jan. 28 to April 9. 

Minneapolis -- Villa America: American Moderns, 1900-1950 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts thorough Feb. 26, includes works by Georgia OKeeffe, Grant Wood and other celebrated American artists. 

New York -- Goyas Last Works, at the Frick Collection from Feb. 22 to May 14, includes 51 paintings, lithographs and drawings from the last four years of the artists life, when he was living in France.

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation at the Museum of Modern Art through Feb. 6, offers a look at some stunning examples of animation from one of the leading Hollywood animation studios.

The Seventh Regiment Armory is the setting once again for the Art Show, one of Americas top art fairs. Sponsored by the Art Dealers Association of America, it runs from Feb. 23 to 27.  

An exhibition of treasures from the Benaki Museum in Athens is the attraction at the Onassis Cultural Center. From Byzantium to Modern Greece: 1485-1830, Hellenic Art in Adversity runs through May 6.

Omaha, Neb. -- An unusual exhibition at the Joslyn Art Museum from Feb. 4 to May 14, French Donjons: Castle of Coucy, Medieval Life in Miniature, features as its centerpiece an eight-foot-tall model castle with handcrafted scenes of castle life and 2,500 individually crafted figurines.

Orlando -- Theyre revving up again, this time at the Orlando Museum of Art, where The Art of the Motorcycle is the attraction from Jan. 22 to July 23.  

Philadelphia -- The Academy of Music features the East Coast premiere of an American opera from Feb. 10 to 26. The opera tells the true story of runaway slave Margaret Garner and her quest for freedom.

Portland, Maine -- More than 100 works of surrealist art, including watercolors, collages, drawings, prints and photographs, are on display at the Portland Museum of Art from Jan. 19 to March 19 in the exhibition Accommodations of Desire: Surrealist Works on Paper Collected by Julien Levy.


Amsterdam -- Theres big doings in Amsterdam throughout 2006 as the city and all of the Netherlands get an early start on the 400th anniversary of Rembrandts birth this July. Among the key events is the joint exhibition by the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt-Caravaggio, Feb. 24 to June 18, which features the talents of the Dutch master juxtaposed with Caravaggio, an Italian painter who died four years after Rembrandt was born.

To add to the celebration, the Rijksmuseum will be exhibiting the Rembrandts in its collection throughout the year, beginning on Jan. 26.

Binche, Belgium -- The Carnival of Binche, which dates back to the 16th century and is highlighted by Mardi Gras, runs from Feb. 26 to 28.

Brussels -- The citys 51st annual Antique Fair, which includes both art and antiques, is held at the Tour & Taxis building from Jan. 20 to 29.

Panama City -- The annual Panama Jazz Festival from Jan. 19 to 21 will be held in sites throughout the city.

Salzburg, Austria -- Mozarts native city is the centerpiece of a yearlong, worldwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composers birth on Jan. 27.

Salzburgs International Mozart Week, from Jan. 20 to Feb. 5, includes Mozart concerts throughout the city by the Vienna Philharmonic and other ensembles, as well as Mozart films and exhibitions.

Toronto -- The Ontario Science Centers new interactive exhibition, Playing With Time, Jan. 29 to May 2, focuses on manipulating time.   

Vienna -- Mozart birthday celebrations in Vienna include four performances by the Vienna State Opera of Cosi Fan Tutte between Jan 12 and 16 and three performances of Don Giovanni between Jan. 18 and 22. On Jan. 27, Mozarts birthday, the composers Vienna apartment, renamed the Mozarthaus Vienna, will reopen with a Mozart exhibition on the buildings six floors.

Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge Corp. For more details visit

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