10 Art Fairs Around the World You Can Still See This Year
Perfect for your #ArtFairPH hangover.
(SPOT.ph) If Art Fair Philippines 2018 has left you craving for more, don’t worry. Throughout the year, there are tons of art fairs to visit around the globe—and many of them are in world-class destinations. But with dozens to choose from each month, it can get a bit overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of must-see exhibits—from antique shows in Europe to avant garde collections in Asia.
When: March 29 to 31
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, 1 Harbor Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Featuring over 200 galleries from 32 countries, Art Basel Hong Kong is a fixture in Asia’s growing art industry. Now in its fifth year, the festival has turned the city into an internationally-renowned cultural hub. Offering exhibits, performances, and even food, it is where regional artists go to enter the global stage, and it is where the world comes to discover and celebrate the talent that Asia has to offer.
When: April 13 to 15
Where: Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy
This international fair for modern and contemporary art is located in a city with a long-standing tradition of aesthetic excellence. If you want to learn more about how art from the early 20th Century evolved into what it is today, the broad range of historical and emerging work that is exhibited here will be the perfect place to start.
Frieze New York
When: May 3 to 6
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York City, New York
Whether you’re there to leisurely view art or to seriously shop for it, you’re sure to find something interesting at Frieze New York. With 190 galleries from 30 countries on its roster, the fair will offer traditional art as well as interactive events that are sure to keep audiences engaged. Plus, the venue itself is an architectural marvel overlooking the natural beauty of the East River.
When: June 14 to 17
Where: Messe Basel, Messeplatz, Basel, Switzerland
Presenting the works of 4,000 artists, the original Art Basel in Switzerland continues to be one of the biggest art fairs in terms of exhibitors and visitors. Established in 1970, Art Basel has long been the barometer for the contemporary art market. It draws a crowd of almost 100,000 each year.
When: June 28 to July 4
Where: South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
If you’re more into classical art and antiques, then Masterpiece London is the fair for you. From traditional paintings and sculptures, to luxury decorations, jewelry, and furniture, the art fair offers unique treasures from bygone eras.
When: August 31 to September 2
Where: La Friche de la belle Mai, Rue Jobin, Marseille, France
Established in 2007, Art-O-Rama is a more intimate setting for art lovers to flock to. The first of its kind in the south of France, the curators allow their 30 or so exhibitors free reign in personalizing their booth to their needs—even down to architectural specificities. So, if you’re looking for a unique art fair experience, better book a flight to France ASAP.
When: September 27 to 30
Where: Marina da Glória, Infante Dom Henrique, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Welcoming more than 50,000 visitors each year, ArtRio is one of the biggest fairs in the art world. However, it brands itself as “more than an art fair,” boasting not just its support of up-and-coming artists, but also its sponsorship of many study opportunities. Located against the vibrant backdrop of Rio de Janeiro, this is a must-visit for both art lovers and travelers who want to learn more about the local culture.
Korea International Art Fair
When: October 4 to 7
Where: The COEX, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Unlike the bigger art fairs throughout the year, KIAF showcases a lot of handicrafts. This includes glassware, carpets, clocks, and furniture. However, the show also makes room for more contemporary paintings and sculptures as well. For those with eclectic taste, this fair is the perfect place to see the avant garde alongside the antique.
West Bund Art and Design
When: November 8 to 11
Where: West Bund Art Center, Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
One of the newer art fairs in the international scene, West Bund Art and Design is fast becoming a destination for art enthusiasts around the world. It features fresh work from artists in Asia and beyond. But with a smaller number of exhibitors, this fair is for visitors who don’t want to get overwhelmed with huge crowds and miles of gallery space.
Art Basel in Miami Beach
When: December 6 to 9
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Washington Drive Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
Art Basel in Miami Beach is the year-end event for art collectors and producers. With indoor and outdoor exhibitions consisting of installations, film, performances, and other cutting-edge work, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the place to discover the future of art. Another bonus: This fair is kid-friendly and accessible to people with limited mobility.