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(Relaxnews) - Established and emerging galleries will congregate in Milan to present a selection of contemporary and modern artworks at MiArt.

17th MiArt
April 13-15
Milan, Italy

MiArt, Italy's International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, features leading Italian galleries, top international artists and three days of meetings, conferences and conversations with leading players in the art world. Italy is also home to contemporary art fairs Arte Fiera Art First, KunStart and Artissima.
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46th Art Cologne
April 18-22
Cologne, Germany

Approximately two hundred leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century, post-war and contemporary art at 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. 60,000 people attended Art Cologne in 2011.

30th Art Brussels
April 19-22
Brussels Expo
Brussels, Belgium

The Art Brussels contemporary art fair will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2012. Approximately 30,000 art lovers are expected to attend the major art fair. Cutting edge contemporary works by more than 2,000 artists will be represented by 182 galleries from 25 countries. During the art fair a number of major galleries and museums will host special exhibitions and contemporary art programs for a city-wide event that has recently been named Brussels Art Week.
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Star Wars: Identities
April 19 - September 16
Montreal Science Center
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

In association with Lucasfilms, scientific experts and the team that mounted the Indiana Jones exhibition, the identity of characters from the Star Wars films, 1977 to 2005, is the theme explored in this show. Displays of 200 objects from Lucasfilms' archives of props, models and artwork, include Darth Vader's caped costume and a full-sized Podracer. The interactive experience explores Jedi heroes, Luke and Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda, and more, allowing visitors to create their own character. and

Art Beijing & Photo Beijing
April 29 - May 2
Agricultural Exhibition Centre
Beijing, China

The world's leading galleries gather for this two-pronged art fair which aims to tap into what is fast becoming the world's largest market for contemporary art. Art Beijing is Asia’s largest art fair in terms of exhibition area. In 2012  the Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair and Art Beijing Fine Art Fair will be held jointly as Art Beijing 2012 for the first time. Photo Beijing and the themed exhibition Art Breakthrough - Art Unforbidden will be co-located with Art Beijing. It aims to attract the world's best contemporary art and photography at enthusiasts, collectors and critics. Last year more than 40,000 art lovers came to see the works on display by more than 80 international and local galleries.

15th CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
May 1-31
Various locations
Toronto, Canada

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography event. It attracts more than 1,500,000 visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and comprises exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. The festival aims to help audiences explore how photography informs and transforms our experience of the world. Additional major photography events in 2012 include PHotoEspaña, Les Rencontres d'Arles, the New York Photo Festival, Photo London, Paris Photo, FotoFest and the Hereford Photography Festival.
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Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
May 6 - August 12
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC, USA

One of the most influential modern artists of the last century, this show of 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures and print works emphasizes the Spanish artist's variety of visual styles, including Fauvism and Surrealism, and his political engagement. Organized by the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, the show arrives from the Tate Modern.

Nuit des Musées, International Museum Day
May 18, 19

During the week of May 18, museums and art institutions around the globe will be hosting various events in celebration of both Nuit des Musées (Long Night of Museums) and International Museum Day. Long Night of Museums originated as a trend in Berlin in the 1990s and has since spread throughout Europe, with more than 100 cities now participating. International Museum Day dates back to 1977 and is typically celebrated each year on May 18 to raise awareness about the importance of museums within our society. Generally, museums will open their doors to the public for free on these days and extend their opening hours late into the night.
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FutureEverything Festival
May 16-19
Various venues in Manchester
Manchester, England

Formerly known as the Futuresonic festival, the FutureEverything festival is a wide-ranging event that includes "world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music program, and visionary thinkers from around the world." It is considered to be one of the top international ideas festivals alongside TEDx, 99% and South by Southwest. A host of satellite events and workshops will also take place around Manchester parallel to the festival.
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5th ART HK 12 - Hong Kong International Art Fair
May 17-20
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong

ART HK has quickly become one of the leading contemporary art fairs in Asia despite its relatively recent appearance on the Asian art circuit. The event attracts an interesting mix of international collectors, curators and museum directors who travel to the event to scope out the thriving Asian art scene. In 2012 ART HK will host 266 galleries from 38 countries. A strong lineup of Asian artists will complement a leading mix of high-calibre international galleries in 2012. Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach organizer, the MCH Group, has purchased a majority ownership stake in Asian Art Fairs Ltd. and will convert ART HK into the Asian edition of its Art Basel brand over the next couple of years. Asia is home to a long list of "international" art fairs in 2012 including Art Taipei, Art Singapore, Art Tokyo, the KIAF, and SH Contemporary.
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4th Vivid Sydney
May 25 - June 11
Various locations around Sydney
NSW, Australia

Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House and colorful architectural lighting on some of Sydney’s most prominent buildings. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
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Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition
June 16 - December 3, 2012
Art Gallery of WA
Perth, Australia

A touring exhibition of famous artworks from New York’s world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) -- including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso -- will be shown at the Art Gallery of Western Australia as part of the gallery’s Great Collections of the World series. The Art Gallery of Western Australia will be the only Australian venue to host this exhibition. The partnership with New York’s MoMA will give visitors the chance to see exclusive highlights from this outstanding collection, many of which have never been seen outside the United States. The large-scale exhibition will feature more than 100 modern art masterpieces by 14 iconic artists of the 20th century. Five subsequent exhibitions at the gallery will feature works from MoMA’s extensive collection.
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