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(Relaxnews) - Spain’s international festival of photography and visual arts has become the country’s most popular event. PHotoEspaña takes over Spain’s museums, art centers and galleries with an exciting look into contemporary culture and the world of photography.

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 22 - 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.

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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12th Melbourne International Animation Festival
June 17-24
ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

The 12th edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) is an eight-day festival showcasing some of the greatest animations created by artists around the globe. MIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. More than 400 films from over 30 countries will grace screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image during the festival. Entries in the MIAF are automatically considered for the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and Australia’s smaller, regional touring festival, the Australian International Animation Festival.
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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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35th Galway Arts Festival
July 16-29
Various venues
Galway, Ireland

The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The event showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents and is Ireland's largest annual international arts festival.
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August 5-9
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Computer graphics, technology and art collide at the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). The event mixes computer graphics and interactive techniques with digital art, technology and multimedia. The latest gadgets, hardware, software and technology will also be presented at the event. SIGGRAPH Asia will take place in Singapore from November 28 - December 1.
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