This week, explore art from exotic locales with Jared Bowen as he tours Casanova’s Europe, the Greek Consulate General in Boston, and the lavish lifestyles of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

“Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through October 8

Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century
Exhibition Tableau, 18th-Century Paris: A Morning Toilette
Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Witness the splendor of 18th century European art through the lens of one of history’s most infamous figures: Giacomo Casanova. Inspired by his extensive 12-volume autobiography The Story of My Life, “Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century” brings together a collection of more than 250 costumes, furniture, paintings, and sculptures that Casanova could have encountered in his travels across Europe. Discover how this notorious womanizer and social climber charmed and conned his was through Venice, Paris, and London in what Jared describes as “a decadent show brimming with some of the greatest riches in 18th century art & lifestyle.”

“Greece Through the Lens of Robert McCabe: 1954-1965,” a collection of the artist’s photography is now on permanent view at the Consulate General of Greece in Boston

Greece Through the Lens of Robert McCabe
"Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon" by Robert McCabe
Courtesy of the Greek Consulate General in Boston

The Greek Consulate General in Boston has installed an unprecedented, permanent photography exhibition featuring the work of Robert McCabe, a onetime National Geographic Society photographer with more than 60 years’ experience in the field. The work centers around McCabe’s summer in Greece in the 1954, in which he documents an untouristed Greek landscape and historic landmarks. Jared describes the work as “a wistful look at the way it was.”

“Crazy Rich Asians,” in theaters now

Crazy Rich Asians
(L-R) Henry Golding as Nick, Constance Wu as Rachel and Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta in "CRAZY RICH ASIANS"
Sanja Bucko, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Adapted from Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, “Crazy Rich Asians” tells the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a young woman who travels to a wedding in Singapore with her longtime boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding), only to find out that he is one the country’s wealthiest and most sought-after bachelors. Caught off guard, Chu must navigate the trappings of her partner’s wealth and exacting family in a film that features Hollywood’s first all-Asian cast in 25 years. “Lovingly adapted and deliciously told, the film is everything you want in a summer movie,” says Jared. “A wealth of fun, romance, and adventure to the unexpected.”

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