During the week of May 3 galleries across Toronto will host the world's largest annual photography festival, Contact. In Zurich, emerging artists from around the world will have their work shown at the Art Show Zurich and in New York more than 50 galleries and not-for-profits will take part in the inaugural New York Gallery Week.
Contact 2010 Toronto Photography Festival
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."
Art Show Zurich
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, the 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.
New York Gallery Week
Various Galleries in New York
New York, USA
The first annual New York Gallery Week (NYGW) will kick off in May as 50 Manhattan-based contemporary art galleries and seven not-for-profits join forces to "refocus the art world's attention towards the city's long-standing exceptional gallery programming." The event will see more than 50 solo shows headlining a program of free events, informal talks by artists, guided gallery tours, panel discussions, film screenings, book signings, performances and gallery-produced artistic experiences.
Centre Pompidou-Metz opening
To celebrate the opening of the Pompidou's satellite contemporary arts center, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is opening to the public from May 12 to 16 with a special program of events. The cultural institution's "Opening Days" will be free for the public, encouraging them to come and visit the spectacular architecture, see the opening exhibit "Masterpieces?" and to participate in some of the festivities.
After 15 years running as the Futuresonic festival, the event has been re-branded as the FutureEverything festival and is celebrating a full program that includes "world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music program, and visionary thinkers from around the world across four festival strands - Art, Music, Ideas and Showcase." FutureEverything encompasses a conference, the Fab Lab Art Challenge, a city debate that will explore the future of Manchester, an awards ceremony and a host of satellite events and workshops that help people to creatively explore ideas that will enrich our future lives. In 2009 the festival drew 75,000 visitors.
Biennale of Sydney
May 12-August 1
Various indoors and outdoors venues across Sydney
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.
Nuit des Musées, International Museum Day
May 15- 18
During the week of May 15, museums and art institutions will be hosting various events in celebration of Nuit des Musées (Long Night of Museums), and International Museum Day across the globe. The Long Night of Museums will be held on May 15 this year. The event originated as a trend in Berlin in 1997 and has since spread throughout Europe, with more than 120 cities now participating. International Museum Day is typically held each year around May 18 in galleries across the world. Generally, museums will open their doors to the public for free on these days (and nights) and extend their opening hours late into the night.
Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art
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.
ART HK 10 - Hong Kong International Art Fair
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
ART HK is still in its infancy, with just two editions under its belt but the art fair has already cut out its mark, drawing almost 50,000 visitors since its inception. It is quickly becoming one of the leading contemporary arts fair in Asia with a leading mix of international collectors, curators and museum directors travelling to the event. In 2010 ART HK will be host to more than 140 galleries from almost 30 countries. A strong lineup of Asian artists will complement a leading mix of high-calibre international galleries from London's White Cube to Australia's Mori Gallery to Hong Kong's Gagosian Gallery.
June 9 - July 25
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.