Art: When Henri Met Pablo

Matisse Picasso, now in New York, is that rare exhibition that gives blockbusters a good name

Whatever you may think of the new Broadway version of La Boheme, there's a better story of art-world devotion and backstabbing just across the river in Queens, N.Y. That's where the Museum of Modern Art is squeezed temporarily into a remodeled warehouse in a neighborhood where the sport-utility vehicle of choice is a dump truck. While its Manhattan headquarters is being reconstructed, MOMA is still managing to play host to the kind of exhibition that will bring hundreds of thousands of people to a place with no hot restaurant and no cabs. At a time when the museum blockbuster is threatened...

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