Initiated in 2006, the Art Beijing has, over its seven years of development, evolved into one of China’s most influential art fairs. Since 2012 when Art Beijing integrated the “Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair” held each April and the “Art Beijing Fine Art Fair” held each September, the Art Beijing has grown significantly in scale.
Since this integration of the two fairs, the Art Beijing has made a number of new breakthroughs, creating a new milestone for China’s art fair, as well as ushering in a new era for Art Beijing. During this stage of swift yet sound development, Art Beijing continues to shoulder new responsibilities as a key player in the development of China’s art market. Art Beijing spares no effort in driving forward the development of China’s art market and art education programs. According to data released by the Art Market Research Center (AMRC) of Central Academy of Fine Arts, the four-day 2012 Art Beijing Fair’s 20,000 sq meter exhibition area brought together 160 exhibitors and an audience of 52,000. Moreover, 90% of exhibitors recorded transactions, and the total transaction amount and peripheral economic benefit approached RMB 300 million.
Art Beijing 2013 will be held at the Agricultural Exhibition Center of China in Beijing from April 30 to May 3, with an exhibition space of 20,000 sq meters, approximately the same as the previous year. The exhibition area will also be divided into “Contemporary Art” section and “Classic Art” sections. Art Beijing plans to invite 200 art galleries, art agencies, and art media from both home and abroad to participate. Exhibited works will cover a range of media, including Chinese calligraphy, oil painting, engraving, sketch, sculpture, installation, photo, video, antiques, furniture, and jewelry.
The 2013 Art Beijing Fair’s “Classic Art” exhibition area will present an all-new layout and wider range of works, divided into “Classic Chinese” and “Classic Western” zones. Works on exhibit will include Chinese painting, ink painting, porcelain works, Western paintings from the 18th to 19th centuries, Russian oil paintings, and classic furniture. In addition, four classic and academic theme exhibitions will be highlights of the “Classic Art” exhibition area.
Following its philosophy of “based in China and serving all of Asia”, Art Beijing 2013 will introduce more art elements from throughout Asia, outlining of the current ecology of Asian art. The “Art Breakthrough” theme exhibition will follow this concept, bringing together works by artists recommended by influential art galleries in Japan and South Korea, with a view to providing outstanding Japanese and Korean artists a powerful platform to reach audiences in China. The exhibition will serve as a bridge between the art communities of Asian countries.
In addition, the photography theme exhibition, auction pre-exhibition, art platform, VIP education forum, and art philanthropy program will again return for Art Beijing 2013. These programs significantly enrich the content of the Art Beijing Fair while bringing into full play the functions of Art Beijing as a platform for art promotion, education and communication. The carefully coordinated lineup of activities and programs helps Art Beijing further extend its impact in the domains of both business and academia.
Art Beijing 2013 is now inviting exhibitors, and we have already received applications from hundreds of art galleries and institutions. The application period will end on Jan.30, 2013. It is our pleasure to invite you to apply now so that we may together make Art Beijing 2013 even more extraordinary.