Weekly arts agenda: Art Dubai, TEFAF Maastricht
Friday 11 March 2011
During the week of March 14 more than 30,000 works of art and antiquities will be displayed at the world's leading arts and antiques fair, TEFAF Maastricht. On the other side of the globe, more than 80 galleries will showcase contemporary art from the Middle East and abroad during the fifth edition of Art Dubai.
5th Art Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
While relatively new on the art scene, Art Dubai has quickly become a hub for contemporary art from the Middle East region and welcomed almost 18,000 visitors in 2010. The fifth edition of Art Dubai brings together more than 80 galleries from the Middle East and around the globe. The event also encompasses an extensive program of collateral events including the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, film screenings, talks and performances at Art Park, and art workshops for refugee and orphaned children as part of START.
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24th TEFAF Maastricht Arts and Antiques Fair
Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands
TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) is the world's leading arts and antiques fair. Last year the fair attracted 73,000 visitors. In 2011 more than 260 art and antiques dealers will travel to the fair from 16 countries. Visitors will have the opportunity to view approximately 30,000 stunning examples of art and artifacts from across the globe. The huge event is divided into nine sections that represent all the different forms of art and antiques from modern masterpieces to artifacts dating back 7,000 years. London's Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair (June 9-19) is slightly smaller.
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33rd Artexpo New York
Pier 94 on the Hudson River
New York, USA
The international Artexpo bills itself as the world's largest fine art trade show. The event hopes to attract in excess of 10,000 buyers and art enthusiasts, all coming to view and purchase wholesale works directly from artists and publishers. In addition to the large showcase of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and ceramics, Artexpo also hosts a special three-day Education Series.
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March 31 - April 3
Art Paris bends the rules of traditional art fairs by creating an event that is centered around contemporary art projects rather than the traditional art fair booth model. Participating galleries co-organize projects with other local and international participants, creating a cacophony of thematic works that extend the barriers of the traditional art fair set-up. The artworks revel around strong creative ideas, fusing mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, performance and installation with architecture, design, fashion, gastronomy, literature and cinema. In 2011 there are 120 galleries exhibiting works and more than 48,000 visitors are expected to attend. Other notable art fairs taking place in Paris in 2011 include Le Salon D'Automne (October 12-16), FIAC (October 20-23), Cutlog (October 20-23) and Paris Photo (November 9-13).
6th Art Fair Tokyo
Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall & Lobby Gallery
Art Fair Tokyo is a broad-ranging art fair that encompasses contemporary and modern art as well as more traditional Japanese art forms such as nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) and ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock art). The event drew a record crowd of 50,000 visitors in 2010. The Fair's motto is "art is something to buy, not just something to look at." More than 130 galleries will showcase works made by local and international artists. Art Fair Tokyo will be held concurrently with exhibitions at several art museums and art projects in the greater Tokyo area as part of Tokyo Art Week (March 26 - April 3).
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45th ART COLOGNE
Cologne-Deutz Exhibition Centre
Two hundred leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art at the 45th edition of Art Cologne. Hailed as the world's oldest international art fair, Art Cologne is all about "looking at art, discovering art, buying art." Art Cologne is the most prominent contemporary art fair in Germany and is a must-see event in Germany's art calendar along with Art.Fair 21, Art Forum Berlin, and the Fine Art Fair Frankfurt. Roughly 60,000 people are expected to attend Art Cologne in 2011.
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