Arts agenda: Italy's best galleries gather at MiArt

For four days Milan's MiArt Art Fair will host 100 of Italy's best galleries and their international selection of contemporary art from the early 20th century until today.

MiArt
April 8-11
Fieramilanocity
Milan, Italy
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MiArt, Italy's International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, features 100 Italian galleries, top international artists and four days of meetings, conferences and conversations with leading players in the art world. In 2011 the conferences are organized into four thematic selections: MiArt and/is Milan, Public and Private, One-O-One, and Travels in Italy. Italy is also home to contemporary art fairs Arte Fiera Art First, KunStart and Artissima.
http://www.miart.it/en
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45th ART COLOGNE
April 13-17
Cologne-Deutz Exhibition Centre
Cologne, Germany
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Two hundred leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art at the 45th edition of Art Cologne. Hailed as the world's oldest international art fair, Art Cologne is all about "looking at art, discovering art, buying art." Art Cologne is the most prominent contemporary art fair in Germany and is a must-see event in Germany's art calendar along with Art.Fair 21, Art Forum Berlin, and the Fine Art Fair Frankfurt. Roughly 60,000 people are expected to attend Art Cologne in 2011.
http://www.artcologne.com/
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Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes

April 16 - June 26
Art Gallery NSW
Sydney, Australia
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The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. Since its inception in 1921 the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell and Brett Whiteley. Each year the Art Gallery of NSW holds an exhibition to showcase Archibald Prize entries. The Art Gallery of NSW also displays landscape paintings in oil or watercolor and figure sculptures submitted for the Wynne Prize plus genre paintings, subject paintings and mural projects in the running to win the Sir John Sulman Prize.
http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2011/
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Art in the Streets
April 17 - August 8
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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The first major US museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art will take over the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) this April. The exhibition features installations by 50 of the most dynamic street and graffiti artists and traces the artform from the back streets of New York to the global movement it has become today. Following its stint in LA, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum from March 30 to July 8, 2012. Pop up galleries such as Street Art Pop Up! will also be opening around the city of LA in conjunction with the exhibition.
http://www.MOCA.org
http://www.streetartpopup.com
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30th Art Alive
April 28 - May 1
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego, CA, USA
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Art Alive is an annual fundraising event held by the San Diego Museum of Art that transforms the museum into a living artwork. For the event's 30th anniversary, more than 100 floral designers have been invited to display floral arrangements alongside the artworks that inspired them, turning the San Diego Museum of Art's collection into a "glorious spectacle of art and flowers."
http://www.sdmart.org/programs-events/art-alive-2011


Art Beijing & Photo Beijing

April 29 - May 2
Agricultural Exhibition Centre
Beijing, China
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The world's leading galleries gather for this two-pronged exhibition-cum-sale - China's largest - which aims to tap into what is fast becoming the world's largest market for contemporary art. It aims the world's best contemporary art and photography at enthusiasts, collectors and critics. Last year more than 40,000 art lovers came to see the works on display by more than 80 international and local galleries.
http://artbeijing.net
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15th CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
May 1-31
Various locations
Toronto, Canada
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CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography event. It attracts more than 1,500,000 visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and comprises exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. The festival aims to help audiences explore how photography informs and transforms our experience of the world. Additional photography events in 2011 include PHotoEspaña, Les Rencontres d'Arles, the New York Photo Festival, Photo London, Paris Photo, FotoFest and the Hereford Photography Festival.
http://www.contactphoto.com
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