Weekly arts agenda: Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet, Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum

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During the week of February 8, paintings by influential French artists Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet will go on show at the Kunsthaus Zürich. An exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York will highlight the dreams of contemporary artists who have been invited to let their imagination go wild in the gallery's iconic "void."

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction
February 6 - May 9
The Phillips Collection in Washington, USA

More than 125 paintings, drawings, watercolors and sculptures provide a largely unexplored facet of Georgia O'Keeffe's artistic career. Her experimentation with abstract art has generally remained out of the public eye; this exhibition hopes to reveal some of the artist's most radical creations and attempts to explore her role in history as one of America's first abstract artists. The exhibition will travel to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico in May and to The Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2010.

Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet: The Bührle Collection visits the Kunsthaus Zürich
February 12 - May 16
Kunsthus Zürich in Heimplatz, Zurich, Switzerland

One of the world's leading private collections will be displayed in the Kunsthaus Zürich in 2010. The Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection is comprised of works by prominent French avant-garde artists, artists whose works were intrinsic in the formation of the Fauvisim and Cubisim genres. The 180 paintings and sculptures by artists such as Frans Hals, Canaletto, Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, Signac, Vlaminck, Braque and Picasso will be housed in the gallery's main exhibition room.

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."

Size Does Matter: curated by Shaquille O'Neal
February 19 - May 27
The Flag Art Foundation in New York, USA

Professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal has set out to show the world that size does actually matter. The NBA star is curating a large-scale art exhibition that boasts microscopic, barely visible pieces and creations so big they dwarf even the likes of 2.16m tall O'Neal. Works by the likes of Franz Gertsch, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Ron Mueck, Paul Pfeiffer, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, Ken Solomo, Willard Wigan and Ivan Witenstein will highlight the relationship between size, scale and perspective throughout a variety of different mediums.

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.

CONTACT 2010 Toronto Photography Festival
Various locations in Toronto, Canada

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography festival with more than 1,000,000 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."