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Tampa's Best 2011 Art Exhibits

If you're planning on taking in some world-class art this year, Tampa is your place. From whimsical clay sculptures to works of the masters, check out these suggestions for an experience you won't forget.

Degas: Form, Movement and the Antique

Tampa Museum of Art
March 12-June 19
120 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, Fla. 33602
(813) 274-8130
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Degas' relationship to the "movement and balance of rhythmic dance" is examined in this widely-talked about exhibit. Degas drew his inspiration from classical works of art from ancient Rome and Greece, and the museum will showcase works of antiquities next to Degas' signature bronze sculptures. Degas is the first ever exhibition of works by Degas in the Tampa Bay region and is the second major exhibition of early modernism that the museum has presented in its new award-winning building.


Sarasota Modern: The Architecture of a Region

October 28, 2011- January 15, 2012
120 West Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, Fla. 33602
(813) 274-8130
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Ever wondered about the roots of mid-century modern architecture along Florida's coast. Well here is your chance to trace Sarasota Modernism to the building boom of post-war era Florida. Influenced by the naturalism of Frank Lloyd Wright and the European modernist aesthetic of architects such as Walter Gropius, Sarasota modernism defined a new generation of architects including Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Gene Leedy and Carl Abbott.


Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection

Michael Murphy Gallery
2701 S. MacDill
Tampa, Fla. 33629
(813) 902-1414
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This exhibit offers the rare chance to Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet. Argillet will appear in St. Petersburg on January 21 (7-9pm) and January 22 (2-4pm), then Tampa later that evening (7-9pm) and again on January 23 (2-4pm). A children's play area will keep your little one busy with DVDs, books and XBox. RSVP's are requested by calling 888.513.8385.


Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes From Central Asia

Through Feb. 6, 2011
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Fla. 34243
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Let these beautiful pieces of hand-crafted jewelry transport you into the lives of the semi-nomadic Turkomen. The jewelry is made from silver and gold and features intricate patterns ornamented with semi-precious stones. The pieces are an important window into the world of tribal identity and provide insight into the Turkomen's beliefs regarding time, space, heaven and earth.


Contemporary Ceramics by Jennifer Forsberg, Sarah Lindley and Jeanne Quinn

March 5 – April 24, 2011
Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701
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Let these whimsical, modernist works of sculpture charm you at the Museum of Fine art in St. Petersburg. Open structures call attention to the fragility of the clay medium while framing modern problems: Sarah Lindley's structural renditions of small town mills and contaminated watersheds loosely frame past hopes for prosperity in a post-industrial era. Other works are hung from above as quirky, Calderesque mobiles.


The Dali Museum

One Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727.823.3767
Fax: 727.894.6068
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Visit the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. Come see why the Michelin Guide gave us the only three star rating on Florida's west coast!

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