Weekly arts agenda: Affordable Art Fair Milan, Kinetica Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair will make its way to Milan for the first time, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase contemporary art at prices ranging from €100 to €5,000. In London, expect to see genre-hopping artworks and futuristic technology come to life at the Kinetica Art Fair.

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City
Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 1 - May 1
New York City, New York, USA

More than 90 lavish objects are displayed, including murals, paintings, furniture, decorative works, and architecture from the two-acre residence and gardens of the Qianlong Emperor of China's last dynasty, created in 1771 and shuttered in 1924. Objects of lacquer, porcelain and gilt bronzes - never before seen by the public - are part of a larger show, the Summer of China, including Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Organized by Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, it travels to Milwaukee in June before returning to the Palace Museum in Beijing.
http://www.metmuseum.org


1st Affordable Art Fair Milan

February 3-6
Superstudio Più in Zona Zortona
Milan, Italy

The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) will call Milan home in February, attracting more than 60 galleries from Italy and abroad. The fair aims to bring contemporary art to art lovers and collectors at affordable prices (all artwork is priced from €100 to €5,000). Launched in London in 1999, the fair is now held in locations around the world including Bristol, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Brussels, and Singapore. More than 9,000 visitors are expected to attend the first Milan edition of AAF.
http://www.affordableartfair.it/


3rd Kinetica Art Fair
February 3-6
Kinetica Museum
London, UK

The Kinetica Art Fair bridges the gaps between science, art and technology. From kinetic sculptures to weird science experiments to artworks created hand in hand with cutting-edge technology, the Kinetica Art Fair encompasses all disciplines of new media art. This year's feature exhibition focuses on the evolution of man. The extensive events program features live performances by internationally renowned artists Stelarc, Holotronica, Photophonis and New Opera Hero. Similar events include the Ars Electronica Festival (September 2011) and MIT's Festival of Art, Science and Technology aka FAST (February 2011).
http://www.kinetica-artfair.com/?about_us/art-fair.html


59th Perth International Arts Festival

February 11 - March 7
Various locations
Perth, Australia

The Perth International Arts Festival is the longest-running multi-arts festival in Australia. While attendance is slightly lower than at NSW's iconic Sydney Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival offers a more varied program. The three-week-long event welcomes more than 800 performers and boasts a diverse program of art, music, theater, dance, literature and film. More than 800,000 people attended the festival in 2010.
http://perthfestival.com.au/


Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century

Milwaukee Art Museum
February 12 - May 15
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Timed to mark the centennial of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio and school in Wisconsin, this survey of the architect's major projects includes Unity Temple, Fallingwater home and the Johnson Wax building. Highlights feature never-before-exhibited drawings, furniture, photography and work related to Taliesin and his Arizona home, Taliesin West. The first exhibition to consider the relevance of Wright's architecture to today's environmentalism.
http://www.mam.org


30th ARCO Madrid
February 16-20
Feria de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The 30th edition of the Spanish-based arts festival aims to provide a truly global perspective on modern art and emerging creative expression. Around 180,000 visitors will travel to the festival to view cutting-edge contemporary works. Twelve of the fair's 160 galleries hail from Russia in 2011 as part of the event's FOCUS RUSSIA program. Other noteworthy Spanish art events include PHotoEspaña, ArtFutura, Loop and Swab.
http://www.ifema.es/ferias/arco/default_i.html


39th Hong Kong Arts Festival

February 17 - March 27
Various venues
Hong Kong

The region's largest annual arts gathering will feature more than 200 performances and events in 35 venues over 39 days, while showcasing the work of 54 performing groups from overseas and Hong Kong. Among them will be the Leipzig Opera, the Hallé Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong's own Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta and Chinese Orchestra, plus singer-songwriters Marianne Faithfull and Elvis Costello.
http://www.hk.artsfestival.org


Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth
February 27 - June 2
National Gallery of Art
Washington DC, USA

Paul Gauguin's colorful images of Brittany and the South Seas' islands are presented in this exhibit of 120 works, organized by the Tate Modern of London. The first major show in the US of the French artist since a 1988 retrospective, featuring self-portraits, still lifes and landscapes, paintings, pastels, sculpture, and decorated objects. The show explores Gauguin's use of myth and symbol to tell stories, from European culture to Maori legend.
http://www.nga.gov


2nd Art Month Sydney
March 1-31
Various venues across Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Sydney celebrates contemporary art with a month-long festival of exhibitions, late night openings, free public talks, behind-the-scenes tours and special events. More than 70 galleries across the city will take part in the event. Like LA Arts Month, Arts Month San Diego, and New York Gallery Week, the event aims to promote local galleries and artists. It also aspires to encourage people to make gallery-going a regular activity in their schedules.
http://artmonthsydney.com/


12th Armory Arts Week
March 3-6
Various locations
New York City, USA

Centered around the Armory Show (New York's biggest art fair), Armory Arts Week has become an international institution that involves artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from around the world. Armory Arts Week has been running for 12 years and draws a healthy crowd of around 60,000 international and local visitors. Concurrent art fairs in 2010 included the ADAA Art Show, Volta NY, Independent, Pulse, Scope, Dutch Art Now, Red Dot, Fountain, Pool, Korean Art show and Verge.
http://www.armoryartsweek.com/


12th Armory Show
March 3-6
Piers 92 & 94 Twelfth Avenue at 55 Street
New York, USA

In 2010 60,000 visitors attended New York's leading annual contemporary art fair, The Armory Show. In 2011 The Armory Show will again be split into two categories - Contemporary and Modern Art - showcasing the art of living artists and the masterpieces that inspired them.
http://www.thearmoryshow.com/

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