Top art exhibits for 2013

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Art shows opening throughout 2013 include fashion photography in Australia, award-winning exhibits in Paris and Ottawa, a reflective retrospective on a Japanese island, impressive historical displays on both coasts of the US, and festivals in Dubai, Singapore and Sao Paulo.

Cristina Iglesias: Metonymy

February 6 - March 13

Museo Renia Sofia, Madrid, Spain

The work of celebrated visual artist Iglesias is highlighted by over 50 pieces spanning her pensive, labyrinthine thirty-year career.

The fashion of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims

February 9 - May 19

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Twenty examples of the emotive confidentiality conveyed by German-Australian fashion photographer Helmut Newton, alongside thirty or more from Bettina Rheims' evocative Modern Lovers series, make for a challenging and though-provoking concept.

David Bowie is

March 23 - July 28

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Presented as the first international retrospective examining the career of musician and artist David Bowie, the V&A's "David Bowie is" collects over 300 objects including costumes, sleeve artwork, video clips, fashion, photography, set designs, sketches, handwritten lyrics and diary entries.

The Govenor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2013

March 1 - June 30

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Last year's awards recognized achievements in the varied fields of performance art, photography, metalwork, installation, sculpture and even gallery curation; this year's winners will be announced in February 2013 prior to the National Gallery's special exhibition of their work.

Art Dubai

March 20-23

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

A four-day spread of artistic celebration, overlapping with and incorporating both the Global Art Forum and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize awards, with highlights being the work of six artists-in-residence alongside Art Dubai's selection of art projects and performances.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi: The Origin of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima

March 20 - June 9

Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan

As part of the triennale Setouchi International Art Festival, which itself is split into three month-long sections between March and November, the Benesse Art Site explores the impact of one Japanese-born American artist, not only on art as a whole but the creation of the Benesse museums themselves.

Keith Haring: The Political Line

April 19 - August 18

Le Centquatre, Paris, France

Presented by the Musée d'Art Moderne but displayed at Le Centquatre's space near the Gare du Nord (and bohemian Canal Saint Martin). Haring's distinctive and persuasive street style is explored through nearly 250 works, including twenty of his most monumental, for visitors to immerse themselves in.

Photography and the American Civil War and The Civil War and American Art

April 2 - September 2 and May 27 - September 2

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

In the 150th anniversary year of the Battle of Gettysburg (and the corresponding New York City Draft Riots), these two exhibitions examine the impact of the war on artists and, through them, on art lovers.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

May 23 - November 24

The National Gallery, London, UK

Landy's appointment as one of the National Gallery's artists-in-residence has seen him re-contextualize some of the gallery's own paintings, reimagining their subjects as oversized sculptures, and adorning these sacred saints with modern-day machine parts and other carefully selected objects.

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2012

September 25 - January 6 2014

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Find out why the French-British pairing of Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel won the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize at this exhibition of their work at the Pompidou's National Modern Art museum, a display which forms part of the reward for having clinched top honors.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

September 29 - January 5, 2014

National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

A career-spanning retrospective of the City of Paris's official photographer shows the artist's interests in portraiture, landscape, architecture, and breakthrough photographic technique, plus his work in assembling an official record of pre-Haussmannian Paris.

Singapore Biennale 2013: If The World Changed

October 26, 2013 - February 14, 2014

Singapore Art Museum

The fourth Singapore Biennale invites artists and visitors to consider the increasing pace of transformation experienced by inhabitants of Southeast Asia; curators from around the region will be selecting works to be displayed at the Singapore Art Museum and partner institutions the National Museum, Peranakan Museum, and National Library.

Southern Panoramas: The International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil

October 2013

SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Take a plunge into the contemporary art scene as experienced in Brazil and around the world at this, the 18th edition and 30th anniversary of the ICAF, and one which has received record numbers of guest submissions from 99 countries.