Weekly arts agenda: PSFK Conference, ‘Realism in Asian Art’

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During the week of April 5, Realism in Asian Art will explore how Realism changed and influenced Asia through masterpieces from museums across Asia including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, while influential speakers at The PSFK Conference in New York will aim to inspire their audience with inventive ideas and forward thinking concepts on topics ranging from arts to the digital future.

PSFK Conference New York 2010
April 9
Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York, USA

Trends and innovation company PSFK is hosting a conference on the theme of "A Gathering For Our Future." At the event 20 speakers will present their ideas and opinions about culture, technology, art and social media and inspire discussions about ideas that can "make things better." The PSFK Conference has previously attracted key innovators from Apple, BBC, Esty.com, Foursquare, the Guardian, MTV, NASA, Nokia, Starbucks and Virgin America and this year's line-up includes some of the minds behind the inspiration projects recently featured on PSFK's website.

Realism in Asian Art
April 9-July 4
Singapore Art Museum

Realism in Asian Art shines a spotlight on the evolutionary relationship of Realism in 20th century Asian art. The exhibition is jointly organized by the National Art Gallery of Singapore and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea. Selected paintings from artists living and working in ten Asian countries during the 20th century have been grouped together for the exhibition that showcases "how this important art movement touched Asia, weaving together a fascinating tale of heroism, valour and hope, in a time of turmoil that plagued Asia during the 20th century."

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
April 11-June 28
New York, USA

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century is the first major retrospective of works in the US in more than 30 years made by influential photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. More than one-fifth of the 300 photographs on show have never been seen in the public eye before. They detail the period from 1929 to 1989 in which Cartier-Bresson was most productive and present a snapshot of his early works that embody "the street as a Surrealist theater" through to his photojournalist images that freeze the rapidly changing world in beautiful simplicity. The exhibition will later travel to The Art Institute of Chicago (July 24-October 3), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (October 30, 2010-January 30, 2011), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (February 19-May 15, 2011).

SOFA New York 2010: Flying High Under the Radar
April 16 - 19
Park Avenue Armory
New York, USA

The International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA) in New York is a contemporary decorative arts and design art fair. Galleries from across the globe will flock to the fair to show off their unique pieces of three-dimensional contemporary artworks. SOFA New York 2010 encompasses a lecture series featuring noted artists, curators and collectors as well as a VIP Program of exclusive events for high-profile gallery clients and collectors.

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.

"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' 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."

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.