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For the art lover, 2015 is going to be action packed, with scores of fantastic events all over the world. One too many to visit, we see you saying. No problem. We did the hard work and found for you the must see art events in the year ahead.

Kochi Biennale

Kochi, India (Till 29 March)

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The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India’s first contemporary art biennial. Organized by the Kochi-Muziris Foundation, this is one of the newest and largest biennials in South Asia. The artistic director for this edition of the Kochi Biennale is the famous Indian artist Jitish Kallat who also happens to be a part of my collection. Ninety-four artists from 30 different countries, half of them from South Asia, are participating in the Kochi Biennale. So it obviously becomes a must see exhibition for the lovers of South Asian art. This edition’s theme is ‘Whorled Explorations.’

ARCO

Madrid, Spain (25 February-1 March)

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Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo in Madrid is one of the most popular art fairs in Europe. In addition to showcasing galleries, it also focuses on a series of lectures and specialized exhibitions and meetings between some of the world’s leading curators. The Samdani Art Foundation has been invited to be a part of a professional meeting about institutional development between the East and the West, led by the director of the Parasol Unit, Ziba Ardalan.

New Museum Triennial

New York, US (25 February- 24 May)

‘Surround Audience’ is the theme of the third edition of the New Museum Triennial 2015 organized by curator Lauren Cornell. The Triennial will showcase 51 artists from over 25 countries. For the majority of the artists, this will be their first appearance in a museum exhibition in the US. Exciting stuff. I always look forward to discovering new artists at the New Museum.

Sharjah Biennial

Sharjah, UAE (5 March-5 June)

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The tagline for the Sharjah Biennial 12 is ‘‘The past, the present, the possible’’ and it will be curated by Eungie Joo who curated the last New Museum Triennial. The Sharjah Biennial has played a vital role in connecting Gulf artists with the international art scene. More than 50 artists from about 25 countries will be participating in this edition, including Nikhil Chopra who is the performance curator for the next Dhaka Art Summit in 2016.

TEFAF

Maastricht, The Netherlands (13-22 March)

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A part of the global annual art calendar since 1988, The European Fine Art Fair is known to be one the world’s most important art fairs. It uniquely features Old Master Paintings, antique works of art as well as modern and contemporary works of art of museum quality. Heaven for antique art lovers, TEFAF presents about 275 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Hong Kong (15-17 March)

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Art Basel Hong Kong, the newest Art Basel show, is dedicated to the galleries in Asia and Asia-Pacific and is the leading art fair in Asia. This year’s edition will feature 233 premier galleries from 37 countries. I am particularly excited to witness the programming that Para/Site and Asia Art Archive are planning for the event, they are also partners with the Samdani Art Foundation, you see.

Art Dubai

Dubai, UAE (18-21March )

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Till date, this is the leading art fair in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. In its ninth edition this year, the event will showcase about 90 galleries from across the world. Another initiative of Art Dubai is the Art Week (cultural events around art) that also takes place during the fair. The prestigious Abraaj Group Art Prize is given parallel to the fair and, since 2011, a curated section named Marker has been introduced that showcases art practices from Latin America. We acquired several works from Art Dubai last year and we look forward to discovering new works this year too.

The Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy (9 May- 22 November)

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Perhaps the most recognized, prestigious and celebrated biennial of them all, this is a must see exhibition for all the art lovers in 2015. In its 56th exhibition this year, the biennale is curated by Nigeria born Okwui Enwezor. In addition to the main pavilion that we are supporting, I enjoy visiting the national pavilions. Several satellite collateral exhibitions also happen simultaneously and this year, my friend Feroze Gujral has organized an exhibition called My East is Your West, featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana who are a part of my collection. I just can’t wait to see their new work.

Frieze New York

New York, US (14-17 May )

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Frieze New York is one of the leading contemporary art fairs in the world and brings together more than 190 galleries from around the world, including 62 from Manhattan. My favourite section from Frieze Masters in London—Spotlight, curated by Adriano Pedrosa—will be included in Frieze New York for the first time.

Art Basel

Basel, Switzerland (18-21 June)

Situated at the borders of Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel is recognized as one of Europe’s most alluring cultural cities. Art Basel 2015 will have about 300 leading galleries from across the world, exhibiting modern and contemporary art. This is the hardest fair to get into and galleries often save their best works to show at this fair.

Istanbul Biennial

Istanbul, Turkey (5 September-1November)

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The curator of the Istanbul Biennial is Carolyn Christov- Bakargiev, who was also the artistic director of critically acclaimed art exhibition DOCUMENTA in 2012. This edition of the Istanbul Biennial promises to present an unconventional show with its city-related theme, ‘Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms’. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the location itself—the Haldun Taner Stage in Kadikoy—which was initially built as the market hall for agriculture and, in 1989, turned into a theatre in honour of Turkish playwright Haldun Taner.

Frieze London

London, UK (13-17 October)

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Frieze London showcases works of more than 1,000 artists and the whole city comes alive with fantastic gallery and museum exhibitions during this time of the year. Frieze shows a lot of experimental works vetted by some of the world’s most interesting curators—it is a highlight of my art travel agenda.

Frieze Masters

London, UK (14-18 October)

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Frieze Masters coincides with Frieze London. This fair is dedicated to museum quality works and master artists from the past centuries. Every year, the fair uniquely adds a curated section called ‘Spotlight’ where the exhibition only focuses on 20th century art. This year, the curator for the exhibition will be Clara M. Kim.

FIAC

Paris, France (22-25 October)

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Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain is one of the largest art fairs in the world and is held in the glamorous Grand Palais, Tuileries, and Jardin des Plantes. The contemporary section of this fair keeps improving every edition. Many of the artists in my collection are French, fitting since so many of the South Asian artists that we love spent significant time in the magical city of Paris.

Nadia Samdani is a Dhaka-based art collector and, with her husband, runs a not-for-profit foundation called Samdani Art Foundation that organizes the Dhaka Art Summit.

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