Weekly arts agenda: Tutankhamun’s Funeral, Art Dubai, Art Paris+Guests

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During the week of March 15 visitors to the Metropolitan Museum in New York will step back in time as they discover objects and artifacts excavated from the final resting place of Tutankhamun. In Dubai art collectors and contemporary art lovers will be viewing exciting examples of contemporary Middle Eastern and international art at Art Dubai.

Tutankhamun's Funeral
March 16-September 6
Metropolitan Museum
New York, USA

More than 60 artifacts have been prepared for an exhibition that traces the life, death and mummification of Tutankhamun. Objects such as jars, linen sheets, bandages and floral collars found in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt - Tutankhamun's final resting place - will help explain the rituals associated with the burial of the pharaoh. Sculptures of the youthful Tutankhamun and paintings depicting funerary rituals of the time will be paired with archival photographs from the Tutankhamun's tomb excavation to provide an evocative background.

Art Dubai
March 17-20
Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Whilst relatively new on the art scene, Art Dubai has become a hub for contemporary art from the Middle East region. The third edition of Art Dubai attracted 14,000 visitors in 2009. The 2010 arts festival will encompass the unveiling of the artworks by this year's recipients of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize; a prestigious watch exhibition curated by Van Cleef & Arpels; film screenings talks and performances at Art Park; architectural tours, performances and talks as part of Contemparabia 2010.

Art Paris+Guests
March 18-22
Grand Palais
Paris, France

Art Paris bends the rules of traditional art fairs by creating an event that is centered around contemporary art projects rather than the traditional art fair booth model. Participating galleries co-organize projects with other local and international participants, creating a cacophony of thematic works that extend the barriers of art. The artworks are based around strong creative ideas fusing mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, performance and installation with architecture, design, fashion gastronomy, literature and cinema.

ArtExpo New York
March 25-28
Pier 94 on the Hudson River
New York, USA

The 32nd international Artexpo will welcome more than 400 artists, galleries and publishers from around the world. The world's largest fine art trade show hopes to attract in excess of 25,000 buyers and art enthusiasts in 2010 all coming to view and purchase wholesale works directly from artists and publishers. In addition to the large showcase of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and ceramics, Artexpo will host a special Education Series. The educational seminars and conference classes will be held across the three days on subjects such as art and the economy, art marketing and social media for artists.

Picasso: Themes and Variations
March 28 - September 6
New York, USA

One hundred works by Picasso will examine the themes and variations that reappear throughout his career. The exhibition traces the links between his early depictions of itinerant circus performers during his Blue and Rose periods, through to his inventive use of shape and form during his Cubism phase. The exhibition explores his experimentation with the mediums of etching, lithography, painting and printmaking as well as showing how the artist developed his style whilst investigating new themes.

Art Fair Tokyo
April 2-4
Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall & Lobby Gallery
Tokyo, Japan

Art Fair Tokyo is a broad-ranging art fair that encompasses contemporary and modern art as well as the more traditional Japanese art forms such as nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) and ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock art). The event, now in its fifth year, draws more than 40,000 visitors annually. The Fair's motto is "art is something to buy, not just something to look at." More than 135 galleries will showcase works made by local and international artist. A special section called "PROJECTS" is reserved for new galleries whose artists primarily create cutting-edge contemporary art.

April 21 - 25
Cologne Trade Fair Centre (Koelnmesse)
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.

CONTACT 2010 Toronto Photography Festival
Various locations
Toronto, Canada

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography festival with more than one million visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and is comprised of exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. In 2010 CONTACT will explore the ways in which photography "informs and transforms human behaviour."