February 12 agenda: Vancouver Winter Olympics open

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Friday's selection: the Americas are full of events with the Vancouver Winter Olympics up north and the Rio Carnival down south and a major design exhibition at New York's Guggenheim, while several other exhibitions open in Europe, excerpts from the Buhrle collection in Zurich and the Splendors of India in Munich, among other events.

Winter Olympic Games (and Paralympic Games)
February 12 - March 21
Vancouver, Canada

Athletes from around the globe will vie for glory and honor in 86 winter sporting disciplines from February 12-28 in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic games. Tickets for events start at $25 for less-watched events such as skeleton or the biathalon events, but the prices can rise to as high as $775 for the Gold Medal match in Men's Hockey. The opening and closing ceremonies have some of the most expensive tickets on average, ranging from $175-$1,100 for the opening ceremonies. The Paralympic Games will take place following the Olympics in many of the same venues from March 12-21.



Rio Carnival
February 12- 16
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The best-known Carnival throughout the world, the Rio version offers hundreds of events throughout the month of February, with special activities occurring between February 12 and 16. The samba school contest/parades in Sambodrome is a must-see.


Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet from the Bührle Collection
February 12-May 16
Zurich, Germany

One of the most important private collections worldwide, the Bührle Collection of more than 150 pictures and sculptures, is being displayed temporarily in Zurich, with works by French Impressionists such as Manet, Cézanne, Monet as well as Van Gogh, Picasso, or Canaletto and Ingres.


Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum
February 12 - April 28
New York, USA

The artistic dreams of more than 200 artists, architects and designers will come to life in this special 50th anniversary exhibition at the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum in New York City. Invited participants have created a visual feast of site-specific proposals for the iconic Guggenheim "Void." Proposals from Anish Kapoor, Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Lawrence Weiner, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Philippe Rahm, Snøhetta, Studio Daniel Libeskind, and Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects will line the walls of the museum and will evoke grand ideas of intervention.


Maharaja exhibition

February 12-May 23
Munich, Germany

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts is the first exhibition to explore the world of the maharajas and their culture shown first in England, London until January 17, now in Munich. More than 250 objects are on display, many on loan to Europe for the first time from India's royal collections.