Art: Putting A Zeitgeist in a Box

A huge show revisits the three cities where Modernism flowered in the 1920s

Big, narrative, tie-it-all-together museum exhibitions remain irresistible, but they are rarely as well done as "The 1920s: Age of the Metropolis," which has been packing the public into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through the summer and will continue until Nov. 10. How do you put a zeitgeist in a box, albeit a box the size of a museum? Led by Jean Clair, the director of the Musee Picasso in Paris, six curators have set out to raise and question the ghosts of the queen cities of Modernism: Paris, Berlin and New York -- with detours to London, Weimar (for...

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