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NAGOYA/BOSTON MFA
(www.nagoya-boston.or.jp)
NEW-SEUM: The recently opened Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a pint-sized yet charming version of its big sister. Not only is it the first Asian offshoot of an American museum, it is billed as "the first museum in Japan to provide a comprehensive view of world art across all cultures and time periods." Its opening show offers a double treat for visitors until Sept. 26: mummies and other treasures from the MFA's Greek antiquities collection, plus an exhibit of landmark landscapes by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and their fellow Impressionists.

VAN GOGH MUSEUM
(www.vangoghmuseum.nl)
GOGH SEE: If you want to make even more of an Impression(ist), consider a real or virtual trip to Amsterdam to take in the recently reopened Van Gogh Museum. It boasts the biggest assemblage of Van Gogh's works on the planet, as well as a stunning new wing designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. Its new website also shows off the collection with interactive flair.




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