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(Relaxnews) - The 35th edition of International Museum Day will take place on May 18 with more than 30,000 museums in 100 countries hosting special events. Museums and galleries in Europe will also be staying open late into the night on May 19 as part of the annual Nuit de Musées (Night of Museums). During the week an explosion of digital music and art will take place under the banner of the FutureEverything Festival and contemporary Asian art will be under the spotlight at Art HK.

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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Roy Lichtenstein
May 16 - September 3
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

This exhibition of leading Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein shows more than 130 paintings and sculptures, plus 30 rarely seen drawings and collages covering all periods spanning the artist’s career. Beyond his iconic Pop art paintings, the show includes war cartoon paintings, late nudes, and Chinese landscapes, following his versions of Cubism, Surrealism and German Expressionism and use of alternative media.

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 (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 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-caliber 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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15th PHotoEspaña
June 6 - July 22
Various locations
Madrid, Spain

PHotoEspaña is Europe's answer to Canada's CONTACT photography festival. This major international annual photography and visual arts festival attracted close to 780,000 visitors in 2011 and has become the most popular cultural event in Spain.
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Documenta 13
June 9 - September 16
Kassel, Germany

Documenta is among the world’s top contemporary art exhibitions. It is held once every five years in Germany. The event eclipses the Venice Biennale in terms of visitors (Documenta attracted close to 755,000 people in 2007) and aims to present “a moment of reflection on the relationship between art and society.” Over 160 artists will participate in the event in 2012, most of which will create site specific installations for the show.
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43rd Art Basel
June 14-17
Messe Basel, Messeplatz
Basel, Switzerland

Art Basel is heralded as the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary art. Works from more than 2,500 artists -- from the great masters of modern art to fresh-faced contemporaries creating the trends of tomorrow -- will be shown at the 43rd edition of Art Basel in 2012. 65,000 people and close to 300 galleries attended Art Basel in 2011. The American leg of the art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, is also one of the most keenly attended events on the international art calendar.
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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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London 2012 Festival
June 21 - September 9
Various locations in the UK

The London 2012 Festival is being hailed as the “biggest festival London has ever seen.” The major 12-week-long event will be held concurrently with the Olympics Games and will highlight the very best in music, theater, dance, visual arts, literature, fashion and film from the UK and abroad. The festival is also the finale of London’s Cultural Olympiad, a four-year arts event that is described as the “largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.”
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18th Biennale of Sydney
June 27 - September 16
Various venues across Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The Biennale of Sydney is Australia's largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event. It’s the fourth oldest recurring contemporary art exhibition on the international calendar after Venice, São Paulo and Documenta. The event highlights recent and new works created by Australian artists alongside leading international artists in iconic locations across the city. The Biennale of Sydney is completely free and open to the public.
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