Weekly global art events agenda: Via Design 3.0, Jenny Holzer, SFMoMA 75th anniversary

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The week of December 14, San Francisco's Museum of Modern art will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a spectacular birthday show, Via Design 3.0 will take place at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and on the other side of the world a major survey of the works of American text-based artist Jenny Holzer will be displayed at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Via Design 3.0
December 16, 2009 - February 1, 2010
Centre Pompidou in Paris, France

Valorization of Innovation in furnishing (VIA) will feature some of the first works created by famous artists and designers Philippe Starck, Martin Szekely, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Matali Crasset, Mathieu Lehanneur, François Azambourg, Philippe Rahm, Gaetano Pesce and Andrée Putman. The work of young up-and-coming designers will also be featured alongside the work of the great designers to emphasize the importance of the Via initiative.

Jenny Holzer
December 17, 2009 - February 28, 2010
ACCA in Melbourne, Australia

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will host the first Australian survey of works by American artist Jenny Holzer in December. Holzer's famous text-based works will be projected across the walls of the main exhibition hall in the Melbourne Gallery. The projections will be accompanied by an LED installation and recent paintings depicting declassified government documents.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75th Anniversary Show
December 19, 2009 - January 16, 2011
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, USA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a spectacular Anniversary Show, sourcing more than 400 artworks from its collection to highlight the museum's history of trend-setting exhibitions. The mammoth show will include paintings, drawings prints, sculptures, videos, photographs, architectural models and design objects. Expect to see works from Jeff Koons, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, and Mike Mandel.

Animamix Biennial
December 27, 2009 - January 1, 2010
Four different locations, China

Contemporary art and animation collide at the international Biennial of Animamix. The exhibition covers a developing trend of emerging artworks that are created by or are the derivative of comic animation. Animamix examines the subculture and the integration of Animamix (the art of animating comics) with clothing design, food packaging, and within the home. The international Biennial will be hosted by four museums, MoCA Shanghai, MoCA Taipei, MoCA Kaohsiung and Today Art Museum in Beijing. Organized in collaboration with Shanghai eArts Festival.

Sydney Festival 2010
January 9 - 30
Various locations in Sydney, Australia

January is a great time to be in Australia, summer is in full swing in the land down under and there are many events taking place under the guise of the Sydney Festival. The festival has been running since 1977 and aims to showcase local and international talent while at the same time celebrating Australian culture and the vibrant state of New South Wales. More than 500 artists in the fields of dance, theater, music, visual arts, and cross media platforms will be involved in the 2010 Sydney Festival. Many of the events will be free to the public.

London Art Fair
January 13 - 17, 2010
Business Design Centre in London, UK

The London Art Fair is hailed as the event that "launches the art world year in the UK." This long-standing event is in its 22nd year and will host more than 100 galleries in 2010. Organizers expect more than 22,000 visitors to attend the contemporary art fair - the largest Modern British and Contemporary art fair in the UK. Two curated sections will run alongside the main fair this year. Art Projects exposes 25 projects and new works from emerging artists and Photo50 showcases contemporary photography.

Photo Los Angeles
January 14 - 17, 2010
Santa Monica Civic in Santa Monica, USA

The 19th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exhibition will take place at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California in January. Famed photographer David La Chapelle and actor Chris Lowell will host the opening night reception. The event will include multiple lectures and discussions about international photography whilst photographic experts will run additional lectures and seminars. A preview installation of the upcoming exhibition, Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography (1990 - 2005) that will be held in LA's Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) will be shown at the event along with a long list of iconic photos taken by American and international photographers.

FADA Los Angeles Art Show
January 20 - 24, 2010
Los Angeles Convention Center, USA

The Fine Art Dealers Association's Los Angeles Art Show is in its 15th year. In 2009 35,000 visitors attended the show and organisers expect this year's event to be even bigger. More than 130 international galleries will feature an array of contemporary, modern and historical art. Visitors can also enhance their visit to the show by attending a special program of lectures, mixer events and other specially organized events including the IFPDA Print Fair. There will be a sculpture garden, special exhibit spaces and a dedicated area for works by Californian art school graduates.