Noteworthy exhibitions beyond Maryland, Virginia and the District:
"Jeff Koons: Retrospective," a survey of one of today's most influential American artists, opens at the Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. Through Dec. 12.
"Design Is Not Art: Functional Objects From Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread," exploring design work by 18 minimalist and post-minimalist artists, opens at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. Through Feb. 27.
"A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water: Gwangju Biennale 2004," an international art exhibition held in the South Korean city, includes participation by artists and curators from Washington. Through Nov. 13.
Today -- Robert Smithson, the first American retrospective of the work of this important conceptual and land artist, opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Through Dec. 13.
23 -- "Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800," a loan show of about 200 objects giving an in-depth look at historical contacts between East and West, opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Through Dec. 5.
25 -- The 26th Sao Paulo Biennial, the Venice Biennale's major rival, brings 140 artists from 60 countries to its Brazilian home. Through Dec. 19.
25 -- "Primaticcio, Master of Fontainebleau: Italy at the Court of France," the first major exhibition on one of the most elegant of Renaissance painters, opens at the Louvre in Paris. Through Jan. 3.
25 -- Carel Fabritius, an exhibition of the surviving works of one of Rembrandt's greatest pupils, opens at the Mauritshuis in the Hague. Through Jan. 9.
2 -- "Massive Change: The Future of Global Design," in which superstar graphic designer Bruce Mau explores how design is changing the world, opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Through Jan. 3.
3 -- "The Undiscovered Country," a show examining representation in contemporary painting, opens at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Through Jan. 16.
3 -- "Andy Warhol's Time Capsules," displaying more than 3,000 everyday objects preserved by the pop artist, launches at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Through Jan. 2.
9 -- The Carnegie International, the 54th edition of the nation's oldest survey of international contemporary art, opens at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Through March 20.
12 -- Bruce Nauman becomes the first American-born artist commissioned to fill the prestigious Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Through March 28.
12 -- "China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD," a rare survey of a tumultuous period in Chinese culture, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through Jan. 23.
14 -- "The Art of Romare Bearden," the National Gallery's touring retrospective of the African American artist, opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Through Jan. 9.
15 -- "The Aztec Empire," a comprehensive exhibition on this pre-Columbian culture, opens at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Through Feb. 13.
15 -- The Frieze Art Fair 2004, Britain's major market for contemporary art, opens in London's Regents Park. Through Oct. 18.
19 -- "The Spanish Portrait From El Greco to Picasso," a landmark survey on the genius of Hispanic portraiture, will be a rare blockbuster-style exhibition organized by curators at the Prado in Madrid. Through Feb. 6.
20 -- "Raphael: From Urbino to Rome," an overview of the Renaissance master's influential career, launches at the National Gallery in London. Through Jan. 16.
21 -- Gilbert Stuart, an exhibition of the Colonial painter's best portraits, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through Jan. 16. (The exhibition travels to the National Gallery in March.)
23 -- "Painters of Daily Life From the 17th Century," a comprehensive overview of classic Dutch genre painting -- including works by Vermeer -- opens at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Through Jan. 9.
23 -- "The End of a Minute: Recent Work by Erwin Wurm," a mid-career survey of this witty Austrian conceptualist, opens at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Through Jan. 9.
26 -- "Princely Splendor: The Dresden Court 1580-1620," presenting more than 250 treasures from the heyday of aristocratic Saxony, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through Jan. 30.
28 -- "Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor," celebrating the centennial of this modern artist's birth, opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Through Jan. 16. (The exhibition travels to the Hirshhorn Museum here in February.)
19 -- "Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form," a touring show that takes a comprehensive look at international abstraction after World War II, launches at the Miami Art Museum. Through May 1.
20 -- The Museum of Modern Art reopens its newly renovated and much expanded building in Manhattan.
20 -- "Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris," a survey of this important African American modernist, opens at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Through Feb. 20.
21 -- "Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong," giving an in-depth look at one of the great rulers of China's last dynasty, opens at the Dallas Museum of Art. Through May 29.
2 -- Art Basel Miami Beach: The International Art Show, now recognized as one of the most important contemporary art fairs in the world, takes Miami by storm. Through Dec. 5.
19 -- "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America: Design for the Modern World, 1880-1920," the first American exhibition to assess this international trend in decorative arts, opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through April 3.
15 -- "Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings," the first major survey of the Flemish master's work as a draftsman, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Through April 3.
22 -- "Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970," examining the influence of radical art movements of the 1960s on African American creativity, opens at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Through April 17.