SELECT NATIONAL

AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

FEBRUARY

2 -- "Sargent and Italy," an exhibition exploring the relationship between this famous American artist and the country of his birth, opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through May 11.

8 -- "Parmigianino and European Mannerism," a touring show celebrating the 500th anniversary of one of the greatest and most flamboyant masters of the Italian Renaissance, opens at the National Gallery in Parma, Italy. Through May 15. (It reopens in Vienna on June 4.)

12 -- "Degas and the Dance," an exhibition exploring the impressionist painter's interest in ballet, opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through May 11.

13 -- "Matisse-Picasso," a comparative survey of the work of these two modern geniuses, opens at New York's Museum of Modern Art in its temporary venue in Queens. Through May 20.

19 -- "Titian," a major survey of the art of the great Venetian painter, launches at Britain's National Gallery of Art in London. Through May 18.

MARCH

4 -- "Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting," an exploration of the Spanish influence on art in 19th-century France, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through June 8.

7 -- The Armory Art Show, a major international art fair with more than 170 contemporary galleries, opens on the West Side piers in New York. Through March 10.

MAY

3 -- "John Currin" and "Paul Pfeiffer," exhibitions showcasing a leading contemporary painter and a younger video artist, open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Through Aug 24.

JUNE

15 -- The 50th Venice Biennale, the world's oldest and most prestigious festival of international contemporary art, opens in Venice. Through Nov. 2.

26 -- "Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558-1617): Drawings, Prints and Paintings," the first full-scale survey of this extravagant Netherlands master, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through Sept. 7.