Art and culture

Asia’s Contemporary Art Fairs

Plan your year in art with our calendar of the top contemporary art fairs throughout Asia

Art Fair Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

The largest art fair in Japan features works ranging from antiques and crafts to contemporary pieces.

Date: 7-10 March 2019

Art Central

Hong Kong

The fifth edition of Art Central will grace the Central Harbourfront, with more than three-quarters of exhibitors coming from Asia Pacific. Last year, attendance reached a record 40,000.

Date: 27-31 March 2019

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Art Basel

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong became the third Art Basel location in 2013, affirming its position as Asia’s most important hub for art sales.

Date: 29-31 March 2019

Asia Contemporary Art Show

Hong Kong

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The Asia Contemporary Art Show takes an unusual format: galleries from around the world display their works across several floors of guest rooms at the Conrad Hong Kong.

Date: 29 March-1 April 2019

Affordable Art Fair

Hong Kong

The Affordable Art Fair group now holds fairs in about a dozen cities around the world. At its Hong Kong edition, prices range from HK$1,000 to HK$100,000.

Date: 17-19 May 2019

Art Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia

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The profile of Indonesian contemporary art has risen in the past few years, and this showcase is a sure place to find works by prominent artists such as Heri Dono.

Date: 30 August-1 September 2019

Korea International Art Fair

Seoul, South Korea

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While drawing big-name galleries from across Asia, this fair has been an important platform for domestic exhibitors, with about two-thirds coming from South Korea.

Date: 26-29 September 2019

Art SG


Maria Bay Sands

Run by the same company that oversees Art Basel, the inaugural edition of Art SG is widely anticipated by the art world and is expected to become a major annual event.

Date: 1-3 November 2019

Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair

Shanghai, China

Started in 2013, this fair has quickly established itself as an important platform for global artists targeting the China market. It’s held in tandem with West Bund Art and Design.

Date: 7-10 November 2019

Taipei Dangdai

Taipei, China

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Magnus Renfrew, who is behind this event, brings his credentials as the founder of the Hong Kong International Art Fair, which became Art Basel. Taipei Dangdai’s first edition was held in January 2019.

Date: January 2020

India Art Fair

Delhi, India

Andy Barnham

One of the most important art events in South Asia, this fair aims to emphasise art and artists rather than panel discussions.

Date: February 2020

Art Fair Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Art Fair Philippines

This fair occupies The Link building in Makati, including its parking garage, giving part of the show a more street-style vibe.

Date: February 2020

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