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Four Museum Exhibits You Absolutely Have to See Right Now

March 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | ()

These are the weird days. These are the days of blustery winds and wet afternoons, the days stuck in between winter and spring. In other words, these days are perfect for hitting museums and soaking in a little culture.

March and April are popular months for ending large exhibitions, so you've gotta get in while the getting's good.

Here the four museum exhibits we recommend you rush off to, right away:

"The Postcard Age" and "Art in the Street: European Posters" at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

"In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, e-mail, Flickr, and Facebook, all wrapped into one." That's how the MFA introduces this exhibit, which shows off some 400 cards from the collection of Leonard A. Lauder. The exhibit is not like sitting to flip through binder after binder of your grandma's stamp collection; the postcards are mounted, given plenty of space, and grouped into digestible categories. Many of them you may recognize from cheap poster shops, as the artwork and graphics have stood the test of time and now find themselves tacked to the wall in college dorm rooms, or framed behind designer sofas in lofts. And yet, they began as simple postcards, originals under glass just inches away from your nose.

Speaking of posters, the MFA is also the temporary home to a rich collection of European posters, many in the art nouveau and art deco styles. Bring a tissue to wipe away your drool—these posters are as stupendous as they are massive. We actually headed up on an overnight trip to Boston from NYC specifically to visit these exhibits, and they were worth every penny.
Ticket price: $25, or free on Wednesdays after 4pm. Official site
Closing date: April 14 for the Postcards, July 21 for European Posters

"Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal" at the Hong Kong Museum of Art

Warhol always draws a crowd, and so the HK Museum of Art has mounted a huge Andy exhibition to please those who are on the other side of the world from the bulk of Warhol's work. Marilyn's there, as are self-portraits, his time capsules, and much more: "on display over 468 items from the collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, including paintings, drawings, photographs and screen prints by Warhol, and archival objects and photos documenting his creative and famous life."
Ticket price: $20 HKD ($10 on Wednesdays) Official site
Closing date: March 31

"Please Do Not Disturb" at the Istanbul Modern

We've already praised the Istanbul Modern art museum, but one exhibit in particular really took us for a loop when we visited only a couple weeks ago. The "Please Do Not Disturb" focus on the architecture and marketing of tourism speaks to the heart of the traveler who is constantly faced with destination marketing. Do not miss the video mash-up of tourism board commercials.
Ticket price: 15 TL Official site
Closing date: April 7

"David Bowie is" at the Victoria & Albert, London

This is totally a bonus because it's not an exhibit ending soon, but beginning soon, so the London-bound will have some time to hit it up over the summer.

In partnership with Gucci and Sennheiser, the Victoria & Albert will mount the "first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie," pulling over 300 objects from the official Bowie archive. This means you'll lay your eyes on everything from handwritten lyrics and costumes to set designs and Bowie's own custom instruments.
Ticket price: £14.00 Official site
Dates: March 23 - August 11

[Photos: Jaunted]

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