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Bilbao

If you need another reason to pay a visit to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum - other than the sheer beauty of the huge, silvery, organic structure itself - then from Friday you can view some 400 works by American artist Robert Rauschenberg in a new retrospective. A disciple of Josef Albers, Rauschenberg built a career founded on diversity, exploring painting, sculpture, photography, engraving, collage and performance in his journey away from abstract expressionism. The pieces in this exhibition range from his earliest gestural brushwork paintings, through his hybrid painting-sculptures of the Fifties to examples of his Pop Art. There will also be a number of new pieces on show.

Guggenheim Museum , Avenida Abandoibarra 2, , Spain (00 34 94 435 9080) Fri to 7 Mar 1999, closed Mon Pts700

New York

In an inspired choice of space, the Roundabout Theatre Company has relocated the Tony award-winning production of Cabaret to the legendary club Studio 54, where the ghostly air of Seventies decadence will no doubt lend an extra frisson to Sam Mendes's treatment of this classic of stage and screen. With the talented Jennifer Jason Leigh (above) continuing in the lead role of Sally Bowles, tickets are sure to be snapped up quickly, so book well ahead.

Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, New York, United States (00 1 212 239 6200) to Feb 1999, $25-$80

Amsterdam

A one-night extravaganza unites East and West in a treat for musical eclectics. The Ultimate Misunderstanding features the European debut of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, which uses its traditional Chinese instruments to produce modern sounds, while the Nieuw Ensemble and the Rotterdam Young Philharmonic represent the West, playing both Chinese and classical music. A Turkish marching band adds more colour to the main programme - and the corridors and foyers of the concert hall will also be reverberating to a variety of multi-ethnic percussionists, artists and refreshment vendors.

Het Concertgebouw NV, Concertgebouwplein 2-6, Amsterdam (00 31 20 671 8345) tomorrow 7.30pm, f60

Martigny

Following its recent Degas and Manet shows, the Fondation Pierre Gianadda devotes its main exhibition space to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). As well as portraits, landscapes and still-lifes from his early years, the retrospective features a sequence of self-portraits which demonstrate a change in style from Impressionist to Post-Impressionist and Symbolist. A selection of work from Gauguin's sojourns in the South Seas will, of course, be included, with watercolours, woodcuts, monotypes and drawings reflecting his experimentation with various media.

Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland (00 41 27 722 3978) to Sun 22 Nov, SFr12

Sharon Gethings sgethings@mailcity.com

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