October 20-21 agenda: 'Art of the Samurai' in New York City

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Tuesday and Wednesday's selection: Asia's largest auto show in Tokyo, a retrospective on contemporary architect David Chipperfield in London, Art of the Samurai in New York City, and more.

Art of the Samurai
October 21-January 10
New York City/USA

Presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as "the most comprehensive exhibition of Japanese arms and armor ever to take place in the United States", Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868, presents 214 masterpieces, including 34 National Treasures from Japan, many of them in the USA for the first time.


41st Tokyo Auto Show
October 21-November 4

Traditionally the biggest auto show in Asia, this year's 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 has been hit hard by the global downturn. The display area is half of what it was in the last show in 2007. The major US manufacturers have withdrawn, as have the major European ones, including those from France, Germany, and Sweden. However, Japan's automakers - Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu - will be there in force.


David Chipperfield, Architect
October 21-January 31

Form Matters at the London Design Museum takes a new look at architect David Chipperfield's work, including his ten-year restoration project of the Neues Museum in Berlin. This is his first UK retrospective.



The Sacred Made Real
October 21-January 24

London's National Gallery's new exhibition brings together paintings and painted wooden sculptures by the Spanish realists of the 17th century, exploring how the hype-realist Spanish painters and sculptors combined their skills to create real depictions of the saints, the Immaculate Conception and the Passion of Christ.