THE INTERIOR

Opening Saturday: Landscapes squeeze vast space into sofa-sized intimacy, while interior images often call attention to intimate but overlooked quarters. The latter are featured in "The Interior," opening at Weinstein Gallery in south Minneapolis. Some of the 25 images are portraits of rooms -- formal, beautifully lit scenes like Roberto Polidori's "Bibliotheque de Louis XV, Versailles," shown here, in which every object blushes under the flattery of his gaze. Others are casual, glancing pictures of half-forgotten remnants of life -- empty wine bottles, unmade beds, the overlooked corner of a famous stairway. Besides Polidori, the show includes work by Isidro Blasco, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Lynn Davis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nancy Rexroth, Alec Soth and Paolo Ventura. (Reception 1-4 p.m. Sat. Free. Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Mpls. Ends Dec. 6. 612-822-1722 or www.weinstein-gallery.com)

GARDEN OF METAMORPHOSIS

Opening Saturday: In the aftermath of World War II, Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo grappled with his country's impotence, humiliation, destruction and cultural confusion as a rapidly westernizing Oriental nation. His floridly colorful, sexualized and often morbidly grotesque constructions compressed personal and social history into bird cages, aquariums and little boxes that explode with psychosexual symbolism. If you've never heard of him, you're not alone. Although Kudo (1935-90) attained fame in European avant garde circles thanks to idiosyncratic performances in the 1960s, he's essentially unknown in the United States. The Walker's retrospective is his first major American show. (Through Jan. 11, $10 museum admission. Curator talk 7 p.m. next Thursday, free. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org.)

MARY ABBE