Weekly global arts agenda: FADA Los Angeles Art Show, BRAFA

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Antique and fine art collectors will be busy getting their checkbooks out during the week of January 18, with two major contemporary and antique art shows taking place on opposite sides of the globe. Historic artifacts will be on display at FADA in the US while in Europe, the 55th edition of the Brussels Antiques & Fine arts Fair is set to draw a large crowd of visitors.

FADA Los Angeles Art Show
January 20 - 24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, 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 organizers 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.

Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA)
January 22 - 31
Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium

The 55th edition of the Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA) will be held in January in the historic Tour & Taxis site. More than 130 exhibitors from across the globe will display Antiquities, Oceanic art, Tribal art, Modern art, Contemporary works, jewelry, furniture, and curiosities to an avid crowed of more than 36,000 visitors.

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.

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 the ART COLOGNE.