Weekly arts agenda: Art Cologne, Sony World Photography Festival, CIGE2010

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Classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art will be on show at the 44th edition of Art Cologne during the week of April 19. Also, electronics company Sony will name the Sony World Photography Awards recipients and showcase the shortlisted entries at a special World Photography Festival in Cannes. In Asia, the seventh International Gallery Exposition 2010 (CIGE2010) will be held in Beijing. The arts fair will highlight the vitality and creativity of artists hailing from the Asian region.

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.

Sony World Photography Awards & World Photography Festival
April 22-27
Cannes, France

The Sony World Photography Award is a global annual photography competition and exhibition for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2010 photographers from 48 countries submitted more than 80,000 images in categories such as fashion, music, architecture and current affairs. The winning photographs will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on April 22. The shortlisted and winning images will be showcased at the Winners' Exhibition during the World Photography Festival in Cannes from April 22 to 27. During 2010 and 2011 they will tour the world as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Global Tour.

April 22-25
Exhibition Hall of the China World Trade Centre
Beijing, China

The seventh edition of the China International Gallery Exposition 2010 (CIGE2010) will be held in the Exhibition Hall of the China World Trade Center in Beijing. The arts fair will focus on the rapidly expanding culture of contemporary art in Asia and will highlight the vitality and creativity of artists and galleries hailing from the region. Galleries from the USA, the UK, Germany, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Korea, Indonesia, Spain, France, and the Netherlands will be among the 80 selected exhibitors setting up within the 13,000 square meter space. Works will span the genres of photography, video, painting, sculptures, mixed media, installations, prints, textile, design, digital and net art. In addition to the main art fair, more than 30 up-and-coming Asian artists have been selected to present solo shows at the event under the banner of "Solo Shows Mapping Asia."

Frida Kahlo - Retrospective
April 30-August 9
Berlin, Germany

Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin will present the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo ever staged. Two of the largest collections of Kahlo works will be shown in totality, alongside loans from 30 Mexican and 15 North American museums and private collections. The entire exhibition will comprise around 150 paintings and drawings. Frida Kahlo - Retrospective follows Kahlo's artistic development from avant-garde through Surrealism to her very own conceptions of Realism. An extensive collection of photographic images depicting the artist's life will supplement the exhibition and provide insight into the life of one of the most famous female artists of the early 20th century. The exhibition will then travel to the Kunstforum Wien in Austria from September 1 to December 5, 2010.

We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz
April 30 - August 29
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, Canada

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to legendary jazz musician Miles Davis in this multimedia retrospective previously seen in Paris. The exhibition calls on the media of film, music, drawings, paintings, musical instruments, musical scores and photographs to shed light on some of the most inspiring moments of Miles Davis's career. We Want Miles explores vivid connections binding the visual arts and music together. Highlights of the show include paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mati Klarwein, and photos by Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn. These artworks are featured alongside costumes and original scores provided by the Davis family and drawn together with music from the man that "changed the course of music history five or six times."

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."

Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol
May 1-June 23
V&A Museum
London, UK

Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol focuses on prints made by four of the 20th century's greatest artists. The exhibition features more than 50 works from the museum's own collection of works. The exhibition examines each of the four artists' connection with the medium of printmaking. Their printmaking techniques can be closely studied through both their celebrated art print works and some of their lesser known pieces. The works span a period of 75 years and draw on inspiration from one of the most diverse and artistically creative periods in the history of western art.

Art Show Zurich
May 5-8
Puls 5
Zurich, Switzerland

Art Show Zurich is an international art fair for emerging artists. Artwork by artists from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA will be on show at the iconic Puls 5 building in Zurich's formal industrial quarter. Many of the artists will be present at the fair, enabling visitors to meet with them in person and discuss their artworks in detail. A special exhibition of contemporary Japanese art will be a highlight at this year's fair, with works of calligraphy, ceramics and creative contemporary forms referencing traditional Japanese art forms with a contemporary twist.

Biennale of Sydney
May 12-August 1
Various indoors and outdoors venues across Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The Biennale of Sydney is Australia's largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event. In 2008 it welcomed more than 436,000 visitors and has since been named the Australian event of the year. The 17th edition of the Biennale continues a 37-year-old legacy of celebrating Australia's cultural and ethnic diversity through the exhibition of thought-inspiring and emotive contemporary art. The event will highlight recent and new works created by Australian artists alongside leading international artists in iconic locations across the city. The Biennale of Sydney is free and open to the public.

Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art
May 15
Missouri History Museum
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art is one of the largest collections of Vatican art, documents and historically significant objects to ever tour North America. The collection of around 170 rare works (many of which have never left the Vatican before) will travel to three US cities. The collection includes mosaics, frescoes, sculptures, embroidered silk vestments, objects from the Papal Mass, uniforms from the Papal Swiss Gard, historical maps, and paintings by Renaissance masters. The exhibition will be on show at the Missouri History Museum from May 15 for a limited engagement before travelling to two other yet-to-be-disclosed US museums.

June 9 - July 25
Madrid, Spain

PHotoEspaña is a major international annual photography and visual arts festival that attracts more than 650,000 visitors per year. In 2010, 70 up-and-coming photographers will be selected and offered the opportunity to showcase their work to curators, gallery owners and editors as part of the 2010 Descubrimientos (discoveries) PHE portfolio review program.