In Tokyo, two museums present a monster exhibition of art from across 10 southeast Asian nations. Who knew there were studios to visit in Brunei?
Plus: Bruce Nauman and Francis Bacon face off in the south of France, and recommendations for Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Miami, New York, and Paris.
Lately we feel conflicted singing the virtues of America — but if you think we have it bad, try working for the federal government. The National Museum of American History has spent years preparing a massive new wing devoted to democratic norms and practices; the delay has given its ballot boxes and protest placards the cast of a present-day crusade.
Jewish Museum, New York
In her disdain for exhibitions, Stettheimer is a model — one easier to follow if you’ve got the cash, we concede — of artistic autonomy. Make only the art you really need to see, and if people don’t like it, shop.
Athens and Kassel
The unprecedented decision to deterritorialize Documenta is not just a bitter retort to the bureaucrats of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Brussels. It reboots Bode’s conception of the first Documenta as a civic enterprise, rooted in international calamity and committed to a better future.
Grand Palais, Paris
Rodin may not have considered the consequences of proliferating his own works. In his lifetime, he authorized at least 319 editions of his embracing couple in The Kiss — which looked rather more romantic in a standalone format than in its original position on The Gates of Hell.