Arts agenda: Art Basel, Melbourne International Animation Festival

Art highlights for the week of June 13 include one of the art world's most keenly followed art shows, Art Basel; a dazzling display of multimedia art and music at the Sónar Festival in Spain; an exhibition of cutting edge fashion from fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier; and a festival of animation in Melbourne, Australia.

42nd Art Basel
June 15-19
Messe Basel, Messeplatz
Basel, Switzerland
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Art Basel is heralded as the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary art. Works from more than 2,500 artists - from the great masters of modern art to fresh-faced contemporaries creating the trends of tomorrow - will be shown at the 42st edition of Art Basel in 2011. 62,500 people attended Art 41 Basel. The American leg of the art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, is also one of the most keenly attended events on the international art calendar.
http://www.artbasel.com
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18th Sónar Festival

June 16-19
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

An annual event since 1994, the Sónar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. "By Day" events - concerts, art shows, fairs, and demos - take place at Barcelona's Center of Contemporary Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art. "By Night," the festivities move to the large Gran Vía M2 venue. Set to perform this year are Underworld, Salem, A-Trak, Atmosphere, Hype Williams, and more. Tickets are €155.
http://2010.sonar.es/en


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

June 17 - October 2
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, Canada
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The first ever retrospective dedicated to the designs of world-renowned French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier will be unveiled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk traverses the designer's 35 years in the fashion industry. The exhibition includes more than 100 pieces of unique fashion extending from his 1976 ready-to-wear collection to dresses from his haute couture firm in 1997. Original sketches and photographs by the designer - including the likes of Andy Warhol, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and Robert Doisneau - help to explain why the "enfant terrible" has become one of the most important fashion designers in recent decades. The show travels to the Dallas Museum of Art in the US in November.
http://www.mmfa.qc.ca


11th Melbourne International Animation Festival
June 19-26
ACMI Cinemas
Melbourne, Australia
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The eleventh edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF11) is an eight-day festival showcasing some of the greatest animations created by artists around the world. MIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. More than 400 films from over 30 countries will grace screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image during the festival. Entries in the MIAF are automatically considered for the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and Australia's smaller, regional touring festival, the Australian International Animation Festival.
http://www.miaf.net/
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42nd Les Rencontres d'Arles: Uncertified
July 4-September 18
Arles, France
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Held in a small, picturesque town in the South of France, Les Rencontres d’Arles is far from the quaint little country exhibition one might expect to see in such a location. The photography festival traverses 60 exhibitions, professional exchanges, and seminars and has become an institution for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2010 the event attracted 73,000 visitors. Unlike other major photography events such as PHotoEspaña, Contact and Paris Photo, Les Rencontres d'Arles juxtaposes the works of famous photographers with those by unknown amateurs.
http://www.rencontres-arles.com/A11/Home
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34th Galway Arts Festival

July 11-24
Various venues
Galway, Ireland

The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The event showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents. This year works from artists such as Hughie O'Donoghue, Aideen Barry, Charles Lamb and Jay Murphy will be featured at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland's largest annual international arts festival. In 2010 the event attracted 158,000 visitors.
http://www.galwayartsfestival.com
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