November’s Must-See Art Fairs: A Curated Selection

by | Oct 31, 2023 | Columns

ART021

9 – 12 November 2023, Shanghai

The 2023 edition of ART021 Shanghai is a landmark event, celebrating its 10th anniversary. With more than 150 galleries participating, the fair has established itself as a focal point for contemporary art. It also provides a platform for institutions, art patrons, and museums to convene and engage in meaningful dialogues about the art world.

Held at the prestigious Shanghai Exhibition Center, the fair features a diverse array of galleries, from established names like Almine Rech and David Zwirner to emerging spaces such as Danysz Gallery and Galerie Chantal Crousel. Approximately 10,000 artworks will be displayed, offering attendees an expansive view of the contemporary art landscape across various mediums, from jewelry to collectible design.

The fair is organized into several distinct sectors to cater to a wide range of interests. The ‘Main Galleries’ sector will present galleries from 17 major Chinese cities, aiming to promote regional art as well as showcase leading international galleries. The ‘Approach’ sector is designed to spotlight emerging galleries and introduce young artists working in diverse mediums such as video, painting, and sculpture. Lastly, the ‘Beyond’ sector will feature special projects in collaboration with auction houses, non-profit institutions, and publishers.

Overall, ART021 Shanghai promises to be an enriching and diverse experience for those interested in the contemporary art scene.

All info about the fair here.

ART COLOGNE

16 – 19 November 2023, Cologne

The 56th edition of Art Cologne is set to be an impressive event this year. With participation from over 170 galleries, this annual gathering is a must-visit for enthusiasts and collectors interested in modern, post-war and contemporary art.

One of the highlights of the fair is the Zadik exhibition, which focuses on women artists as protagonists. The exhibition begins with the compelling story of Barbara Gross, a notable gallery owner and publisher. Additionally, LBBW Bank has curated an exhibition featuring their newly acquired collection, which will be unveiled to visitors and collectors alike. The exhibition explores themes that weave narratives of both the past and the present, serving as a poignant reminder of history.

Among the galleries in attendance are esteemed names such as König Galerie, Pearl Lam Galleries, Karsten Greve Gallery, and Zilberman Gallery, to name just a few.

In summary, Art Cologne promises to be another noteworthy event in the art calendar, particularly for those looking to immerse themselves in a diverse range of artistic expressions. The fair is scheduled to take place in November and is highly recommended for anyone invested in the art world.

More info about the fair here.

St-ART

24 – 26 November 2023, Strasbourg

The 27th edition of ST-ART Strasbourg is more than just another event on the art calendar; it’s a launching pad for emerging talent and a treasure trove for collectors. Hosted at the newly designed Strasbourg Exhibition Center by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, this year’s fair will feature a diverse array of artistic disciplines, from urban art and prints to engravings.

With about 60 participating galleries, ST-ART Strasbourg offers a unique platform for young galleries and emerging artists to make their debut. Notable names this year include Ryung Kal and Speedy Graphito, one of France’s leading street artists. The fair is also an excellent opportunity for both new and seasoned collectors to make exciting discoveries.

The fair also organizes a series of round tables and talks on contemporary topics such as artificial intelligence, NFTs, the historical contributions of women artists, and the perspectives of queer artists.

While ST-ART Strasbourg boasts a 40% international gallery participation, its DNA is deeply rooted in European art. In collaboration with the HEAR art school and the regional art funds FRAC, the fair is all set to welcome art collectors and enthusiasts by the end of this month. At ST-ART, anything can start—a career, a collection, and more.

More info about the fair here.

FAB Paris

16 – 19 November 2023, Paris

In a significant development for the art world, Fine Arts and La Biennale have merged to form FAB, a unified platform specializing in Antiquity art. For its inaugural edition, FAB Paris will be hosted at the Grand Palais Ephémère and will feature a total of 110 galleries from 12 different countries. Among the participating galleries are esteemed names such as Galerie Dina Vierny, Whitford Fine Art, and Galerie Tamenaga.

In collaboration with prestigious institutional partners like the Louvre and the Fine Arts of Paris, FAB aims to uphold the historical legacy of the Paris Biennale, which was first launched in 1956. The fair offers a rich selection that caters to a wide range of interests within the realm of antiquities, from archaeology and tapestries to rare books.

For those with a passion for antiques and historical art, FAB Paris presents an unparalleled opportunity to explore a curated selection of works. The fair is scheduled to take place at the Grand Palais Ephémère and promises to be an enriching experience for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

More info about the fair here.

PAN Amsterdam

19 – 26 November 2023, Amsterdam

In the moving heart of Singapore’s financial district, Art SG was first inaugurated in January 2023 at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, a venue it proudly retains for the upcoming year. Part of The Art Assembly that includes PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai or Sydney Contemporary, this nascent art fair swiftly claims its position as southeast Asia’s largest art fair, with a dedicated focus on both local and global contemporary art.

Some of the world’s leading galleries will be attending this second edition such as Thaddaeus Ropac or White Cube Gallery, elevating the event’s status on the international stage. The fair organizes its exhibition into three distinct gallery sectors: ‘Galleries’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Future’ all held to exacting standards, ensuring the display of high-quality artworks.

Beyond its global outreach, Art SG remains committed into the artistic and cultural practices of Southeast Asia. This commitment is shown through curated talks by Zoe Butt, the founder and director of ‘in-tangible institute’, providing a unique lens into the region’s creative landscapes.

In essence, Art SG’s seeks to mobilize an engaged and passionate art community by bringing together a space where expertise and innovation converge for art enthusiasts to explore.

All info about the fair here.

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