Dates: September 9 (Thus) - 13 (Mon), 2010
Preview: September 8 (Wed) 3pm
Venue: COEX 1F Hall A&B, SEOUL
Auspices: Galleries Association of Korea, COEX
Supervisor: KIAF Operation Committee
Participating Galleries: Approximately 200 from home and abroad
Numbers of Participating Artists: Approximately 1,200
Number of Works: Approximately 4,800
Categories: Painting, Sculpture, Print, Photography, Media Art, etc
KIAF(Korea International Art Fair) - RISING GLOBALLY
21st century is all about creativity and its richness in culture that determines a nation and region's competitive advantage. Art is no longer loved by specific social class but is living amongst people in daily life, as the most precious cultural asset. In order to follow up with such change, KIAF was firstly inaugurated in 2002. Its main objectives include revitalizing of Korean art market and making Korea a hub of global art trade venue. KIAF not only provides a venue for commercial business but has great scope of dynamism with numbers of notable programs such as annual Guest Country Program. Other notable programs include Artist Support Program, Forum and Lecture Program, Docent Program and Kids Program offer wide range of festive activities to enjoy. Through such advancements, KIAF has settled as a firm cultural ground for art enthusiasts for both public and professionals. KIAF's excellence is represented in its performance too. KIAF2009 was held between 18-22 September at COEX, Seoul and despite the global economy recession and the outbreak of the influenza, there was total number of 56,000 visitors which showed the unchanging interest of KIAF from the public. As for the participating galleries, there were total 168 galleries from 20 nations which, once again, proved the global popularity of KIAF. The sales performance was satisfying too, with the total amount of USD 13.6 million, which was rather inspirational in comparison with the other art fairs in neighborhood. Through KIAF, one can be assured to find the current address of the art market and to find art even more closely with refreshing aspect. KIAF2010 will be another excellent year for one to experience the genuine quality of KIAF's uniqueness.
KIAF2010 British Contemporary Art, through the Guest Country Program
One of the most notable events in KIAF2010 should be the Guest Country Program, which is designed to identify a nation in terms of its art and culture and to activate two cultures' mutual understanding. As for KIAF2010, the UK has been invited for the Guest Country of honor. The UK is without any doubt, one of the largest art markets in the world with countless numbers of influential galleries and contemporary artists. By visiting KIAF2010, one can experience the power and state of British contemporary art and its market.
This program is not specifically designed for the art professionals but also for the general public. It will enhance the understanding of art world and its market, which in overall, will help to build a solid infrastructure of Korean art scene.
ARTIST SUPPORT PROGRAM
Artist Portfolio Presentation
This program is developed to bridge galleries home and abroad with the emerging artists spotted by KIAF. Participating artists are given opportunity to freely present his or her work which will be an excellent chance for them to outreach upon global market.
Shooting Hidden Spot
It is a program to offer artists whom are professionally engaged in photography, a chance to take pictures of each and every corner of the exhibition site with his or her unique views.
Since performance is rather unpopular genre for collections, this program is designated to freshen up public's understanding of the genre and to encourage creative inspiration for the artists.
It is an educational program designed to help audiences to have more accurate understanding of the exhibited works and latent collectors to encourage in contributing in further development of the art market.
KIDS in KIAF
This program is primarily for children who may find the exhibited artworks difficult to digest. At the same time, parents may enjoy intense cultural activity while their children receive high quality art education organized by KIAF.
KIAF Night Party
The party will be full of KIAF2010 participating galleries directors, art associates, collectors, journalists and UK experts in Korea. It will be a welcoming party for the guest country and to celebrate a successful opening of KIAF2010.
Museum and Biennale Collaboration Program
This program is designed to promote excellence in Korean museums and Korean art to the VIPs from both home and abroad.
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