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dOCUMENTA, Basel Art Fair, Venice Biennale and other must see shows

The most exciting way to keep up to date with what’s hot in the world of modern art and to get tips about new artists is to attend international shows. The chatter and buzz, the sense of occasion and the sheer volume of great art in one place can be electrifying. Whether you are a serious connoisseur or simply appreciate good modern art, it’s worth making the effort to visit at least one of these events. If you are planning a trip or two, New York, Venice or Paris for example, just check whether any big art shows are on – you might be in luck. Most big cities hold some kind of regular art fair, but these are some of the major shows which are worth a detour :

Art Basel – Switzerland and Miami

This annual contemporary art exhibition has been going since 1970 and is held every June in the highly cultured Swiss city of Basel. In 2010 over 62,000 visited the show. Top art galleries from all over the world exhibit modern art by new talent and established artists alike. The next Art Basel will be held from 15th to19th June 2011. A sister show, Art Basel Miami Beach has been held in Miami since 2002 and is just as inspirational. It’s on from 1st-4th December 2011.

PULSE – New York and Miami

If you are thinking about flights to New York or Miami, why not try to co-incide your trip with the cutting edge PULSE Art Fair which is held in both these cities. Showing in New York between 3rd – 6th March 2011 and in Miami from 1st – 4th December 2011. With a wide range of exciting contemporary artists displaying their work it is described as the leading art fair in the US.

FIAC – Paris

Having been around for 30 years, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) is held in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Palais and the courtyard of the Louvre. On from 20th-23rd October 2011, this show is accompanied by a multitude of art events and exhibitions around the city.

dOCUMENTA – Germany

Taking place every five years with the next one planned for 2012, this is Germany’s biggest modern art show and is held in the city of Kassell. Last time there were over 500 works of visual art on display, including paintings, photography, films and art installations, created by artists from all over the world. Documenta 13 is on from 9th June to 16th September 2012.

Venice Biennale – Italy

Perhaps the biggest and best known of all the big exhibitions, the Venice Biennale incorporates the Venice Film Festival as well as a contemporary art fair. As its name implies, it is held every two years, and has been going since 1895. It now incorporates dance, theatre, music and film throughout the year. The Biennale is hugely influential and has a permanent exhibition site in Venice. The art show is on from 4th June to 27th November 2011.


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