Art agenda: 'A History of the World in 100 Objects,' Historical Gifts

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Visiting the "Co-Mix" exhibition by US comic book artist Art Spiegelman (C) at the Pompidou centre in Paris on March 20, 2012 (AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS)


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Taiwan's National Palace Museum welcomes the British Museum collection "A History of the World in 100 Objects," the Getty Center in Los Angeles profiles the status applied to medieval gift-giving, while Canadian art spaces host retrospectives dedicated to M.C. Escher and Art Spiegelman.

A History of the World in 100 Objects
December 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015
National Palace Museum, Taiwan

The British Museum's touring exhibit is installed for a four-month residence, with objects selected from a diversity of time periods to illustrate a globe timeline of cultural history.

Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages
December 16, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA

Exploring the social weight attatched to the exchange of gifts in Middle Ages Europe, the exhibition leads visitors through 20 works with a particular focus on the significance of manuscripts and books in the gift-giving repertoire.

M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician
December 20, 2014 - May 3, 2015
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Fifty-four examples of M. C. Escher's peculiar genius stretching back to the 1920s on show in a joint exhibition between the NGC and the Art Gallery of Alberta, featuring "Relativity," "Belvedere" and "Waterfall" as well as lesser-known works that showcase an interest in alternative artistic techniques.

Art Spiegelman's CO-MIX: A Retrospective
December 20 - March 15, 2015
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Spiegelman won a Pulitzer for his groundbreaking historical allegory, graphic novel "Maus," but also applied his skill to trading cards, magazine covers and original drawings, with 300 works appearing in the AGO's display. Also opening December 20 is "Pets and Me: Explore, Imagine, Create" in the Kids' Gallery.

Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture from Northern Japan
January 14, 2015 - April 5, 2015
Tokyo National Museum, Japan

With the Michinoku region's sculptural style tending to value human warmth and kindness above otherworldly trancendency, the TNM's collection provides an opportunity to sample an alternative interpretation of Buddhist ideals, with a range that includes several impressive seated statues from the 9th century. The exhibition's opening coincides with a retrospective on The Great Tsunami of March 2011 and restoration efforts that have followed.