Founded as one of the first art fairs in Italy, Arte Fiera Art First has since grown to become the most important contemporary art event in the country. On Saturday, January 29, Arte Fiera Art First's Art White Night will invade the historical city of Bologna with contemporary art installations. Local museums, shops and art galleries will also keep their doors open until midnight.
35th ARTE FIERA ART FIRST
Bologna Exhibition Center
Arte Fiera Art First is the largest and most important annual international contemporary art event in Italy. More than 200 galleries will present works across three sections: modern art, contemporary art, and the "latest trends." Italy is also home to contemporary art fairs MiArt, KunStart and Artissima.
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 Chin a, 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.
1st Affordable Art Fair Milan
Superstudio Più in Zona Zortona
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.
59th Perth International Arts Festival
February 11 - March 7
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.
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.
30th ARCO Madrid
Feria de Madrid
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.
39th Hong Kong Arts Festival
February 17 - March 27
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.
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.
2nd Art Month Sydney
Various venues across Sydney
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.
12th Armory Arts Week
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.
12th Armory Show
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.