Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022

© Picasso Estate / Sodrac (2012); © RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Picasso's Weeping Woman, 1937.

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The art of show and tell

Picasso's Privates

Picasso himself once said “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world.” Decide for yourself if that’s fact or fiction at Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, May 1 through August 26 at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario** (AGO). The “major survey of masterworks” includes more than 150 drawings, paintings and sculptures from Paris’ Musée National Picasso, currently under reno and home to more than 5000 Picasso works that the Spanish artist saved for himself and his loved one over the course of his career. Exhibited chronologically, highlights include his 1906 self-portrait and another, The Matador, that he painted in 1970, three years before his death. There are also paintings of his muses and mistresses including 1918’s Portrait of Olga in an Armchair (Picasso’s first wife and a Russian ballerina) and 1954’s Jacqueline with Crossed Hands (his second wife). The AGO is the only Canadian venue to host the exhibit after a 10-city tour that included Abu Dhabi, Moscow and Tokyo. Adults $19.50, kids 6 to 17 and students $11, under 5 free. (877) 225-4246;

Luke, Leia and you

Tell your kids to bring their lightsabers. They’ll no doubt be welcome at Star Wars Identities, which makes its world premiere at Old Montreal’s Science Centre, April 19 through September 16. The blockbuster exhibit will feature 200 costumes, models and props from the Lucasfilm archives, including Darth Vader’s armour — which, admit it, the thought of makes you say, “Luke, I am your father” silently in your head — Anakin Skywalker’s full-sized Podracer and a model of the Millennium Falcon spacecraft. Its central theme is human identity and videos (developed with experts in genetics, neuropsychology and psychology) combined with Star Wars clips explain how 10 components — species, genes, parents, mentors, friends, personality, culture, events, occupation and values — affect who we — the fictional characters of Star Wars and the visitors themselves — are. Techy touches include RFID bracelets that’ll track each visitor’s responses to questions throughout; at the end, everyone will meet their own Star Wars alter ego. The exhibit jets off to Edmonton’s Telus World of Science, it’s only other North American stop, October 27 through April 1, 2013. Adults $23 to $26.50, teens 13 to 17 and students $20 to $23.50, kids $13.50 to 16.50.

A museum on wheels

The Henry Ford Museum’s new 7400-square-metre exhibit Driving America opened in Detroit in January. It features 130 vehicles, more than 60 cases of artifacts and 18 interactive, 42-inch touch screens where visitors can play car-design student, create a commercial with graphics, a jingle and voice-overs, pretend to be a 1940s consumer choosing the features of his/her brand-new Ford using an actual 1947 advertising mailer and learn to speak (clean) trucker lingo. The museum’s exhibits include real oldies like a 1896 Ford Quadricycle Runabout, the first car ever built by Henry Ford, a 1916 Woods Dual-Power Hybrid Coupe and a teal, art-deco 1937 Lasalle Coupe; it also includes race cars like a teardrop-shaped 1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester, a 1956 Chrysler 300-B stock car and a 1965 Lotus-Ford. The museum also boasts a real 1946 diner that serves “diner-style” food. Adults US$17, kids 5 to 12 US$12.50, under 4 free. (800) 835-5237;

Join the mob

VegasMob Museum opened on February 14, Valentine’s Day, not to create a sort of love-war dichotomy, but because it was the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the day seven men from Bugs Moran’s gang were murdered by Al Capone’s men. Among the museum’s artifacts is part of the wall where the men were executed. Also on display is a .38-caliber Colt Detective Special revolver that’s believed to have fallen out of top gunman Frank Gusenberg’s pocket when he tried to crawl for help. The museum also contains the NYC barber chair where Albert Anastasia (from the Gambini crime family) was sitting when he was murdered in 1957, and custom jewellery and other weapons belonging to other mobsters. Of course, there are lots of photos and exhibits too including ones where visitors can shoot a simulated “tommy” submachine gun and listen to actual incriminating evidence on wiretapping equipment. The museum itself is housed in a neo-classical building that was once a federal courthouse where one of the 14 Kefauver Hearings on organized crime was held in 1950. Adults US$18, kids 5 to 17 and students US$12. (702) 229-2734;

Showing its age

Ottawa’s Fairmont Château Laurier opened on June 1, 1912. The hotel cost $2 million to build and its 306 rooms were priced at $2 a night. This year marks its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, the hotel is asking Canucks and international travellers alike to bring back any menus, dishes, silver, furniture, and even matchbooks (but no towels) that they may have “acquired” as guests or otherwise to be part of a centennial display from June 1 through 2012. No questions asked. Overnight June 1 guests will be able to sign up for a behind-the-scenes hotel tour (space is limited) and the public will be welcomed on June 2 and 3 for period costume tours. There’ll be a centennial tea menu beginning on April 26, and, starting June 1, special monthly table d'hôte menus; June menus will be inspired by 1912 to 1930, July menus by 1940 to 1960, August the ’70s to the ’90s, September a review of the last 12 years, October a look ahead and November a “best of.” (866) 540-4410;

1902 meets 2012

Housed in a 1902 building and modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum just unveiled its new Renzo Piano-designed, glass-and-patinated-copper wing set 15 metres behind the museum’s original structure. It’s the institution’s most significant physical change yet since Gardner’s will forbids changing its content. The new wing features an adjustable-ceiling-height special exhibition gallery, a cube-shaped performance hall, an art-making studio space and a new resto and visitor orientation area called “The Living Room.” There are new outdoor garden spaces too. Adults US$15, under 18 and everyone named “Isabella” free. (617) 566-1401;

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