Weekly arts agenda: Asian Art Prize, ARTE FIERA

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The most important international contemporary art event in Italy will be held at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Italy during the week of January 25. A fine selection of works crafted by cutting-edge contemporary and modern Italian artists will be shown alongside works by critically acclaimed foreigners such as David Hockney and Gilbert & George.

Guggenheim exhibit showcases ‘Paris and the Avant-Garde'
January 23 - May 12
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Thirty paintings by celebrated artists, such as Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Joan Miró, among others, will be exhibited together for Paris and the Avant-Garde: Modern Masters from the Guggenheim Collection, to explore the breadth and influence of the School of Paris movement. In the early 20th century, an influx of artists migrating to Paris brought their cultures and traditions to art, fusing elements and creating innovative forms such as Cubism and Surrealism. Now-classic examples by Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, and Yves Tanguy are showcased along with sculpture by Constantin Brancusi and Alexander Calder from the same period.


Asian Art Prize
January 27
Four Seasons Hong Kong, Central

The sixth annual Asian Art Prize - the region's most prestigious - will be announced at a dinner and gala auction. The first prize comes with a check for US$25,000 and the winner will be drawn from a field of 30, selected by a team of Asia's top art critics and most respected gallery curators The public can also vote for their favorite piece by logging on to event organizers the Sovereign Art Foundation's website.

January 29 - 31
Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy

Art Fiera Art First is the most important international contemporary art event in Italy. The art fair has a long lineup of internationally renowned artists from modern Italian masters Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà to famous British artists David Hockney and Gilbert & George. The Young Galleries selection presents a window into emerging Italian art trends and offers artworks ranging in price from 500 to 10,000 euros.

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection
January 31, 2010 - July 31, 2011
National Gallery of Art in Washington, USA

Auguste Renoir's A Girl with a Watering Can, Mary Cassatt's Boating Party, Edouard Manet's Old Musician, Pablo Picasso's Family of Saltimbanques, and George Bellows' Blue Morning will join masterpieces from Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Claude Monet in a special exhibition of 19th and early 20th century French and American works. The exhibition celebrates American art collector Chester Dale's generous donation of fine French and American art to the gallery.

Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum
February 12-April 28
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

The artistic dreams of more than 200 artists, architects and designers will come to life in this special 50th anniversary exhibition at the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum in New York City. Invited participants have created a visual feast of site-specific proposals for the iconic Guggenheim "Void." Proposals  from Anish Kapoor, Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Lawrence Weiner, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Philippe Rahm, Snøhetta, Studio Daniel Libeskind, and Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects will line the walls of the museum and will evoke grand ideas of intervention.

ARCO Madrid 2010
February 17 -21
Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain

The 29th edition of the Spanish-based arts festival aims to provide a truly global perspective on modern art and emerging creative expression. ARCO welcomed more than 190,000 people through its doors in 2009, and in 2010 it aims to feature the best and most cutting-edge contemporary art. There will be a strong representation of galleries hailing from Los Angeles in 2010 as the US-based city will be ARCO's "special invited guest."

April 21 - 25
Cologne Trade Fair Centre (Koelnmesse) in Cologne, Germany

Almost 200 leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art at the 44th edition of ART COLOGNE. A selection of special projects under the banner of Open Space and New Contemporaries will feature works by young and cutting-edge artists. In 2009, 56,500 people attended ART COLOGNE.