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Okay, so you’re not into art so much to plan an entire trip on a single exhibition (travel for art’s sake, people) but if you’re hopping your way around the world this year, these are some biggies that cannot be missed. From London to NYC to Vienna.

Lucien Freud (National Gallery) – London


Influential British artist Lucien Freud is at the heart of this exhibition put on by the National Gallery. Considered as one of the most important 20th century artists from the UK, this one cannot be missed. Freud spent much of his artistic career drawing portraits and nudes, many of which will be on display.

Exhibition dates: February 9th – May 27th, 2012.

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Roy Lichtenstein (The Art Institute of Chicago) – Chicago


This retrospective gives spectators a good overview of the iconic pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. This is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work. Lichtenstein, who died in September 1997, was most famous for his comic book-like style and use of primary colours. The exhibition will feature 130 major works as well as 30 never before displayed drawings and collages.

Exhibition dates: May 16th – September 3rd, 2012

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Frank Oscar Larson (Queens Museum of Art) – New York


Frank Oscar Larson’s impressive photographs take us by the hand and lead us through New York from the 1950’s. He immortalized the daily life of America’s most famous city with his cameras. From Times Square to Chinatown, no stone was left unturned by Larson’s lens.

Exhibition dates: February 5th – May 20th, 2012

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Xu Bing (Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum) – Ridgefield

Tobacco Project

Smoker or not, the newest installation from China’s most contemporary artist will attract art-lovers and travellers from around the world. A tribute to the tobacco culture, Xu Bing’s cigarette carpet is the main piece in the exhibition. It is created with half a million cigarettes.

Exhibition dates: open until June 10th, 2012

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Gustav Klimt – Vienna


This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous Austrian painters of all time, Gustav Klimt. There will be exhibitions taking place in different galleries and museums around the city this year but one this is for sure, if you love Klimt, there is no better place to see the majority of his work at one time than this year. Major museums holding exhibitions include: Kunsthistoriches Museum, Leopold Museum and the “Albertina.”

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Gerhard Richter (Neue Nationalgalerie) – Berlin


Just one more exhibition to add to your list if you’re planning on visiting the German capital this year. To celebrate Gerhard Richter’s 80th birthday the National Gallery, in collaboration with London’s Tate Modern and Paris’ Centre Pompidou, has a complete retrospective planned of the artist’s work.

Exhibition dates: February 12th – May 13th, 2012

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Which exhibitions are on your “to-see” list this year? Which would you add?

Imgs: bm.iphone, Allie_Caulfield, A.Currell, markldiaz, amsfrank, stevecadman, Joe Shlabotnik, timmielee5359/Kim Schuster / Flickr cc.

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