Established in 2002, Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) has become one of the leading art fairs in Asia. The event was initiated by Galleries Association of Korea and offers an opportunity for visitors to take a look at the best artists and institutions at work in the industry. In addition to the numerous exhibitors involved, KIAF presents a range of connected programmes to provide a more detailed overview of the market. Running 25-29 September this year, the fair displays the artists of today, while predicting the creatives of tomorrow.
Usually attracting around 85,000 guests, KIAF highlights artists from Korea and Southeast Asia. Visitors can expect to see presentations from 186 galleries with 13 galleries from Southeast Asia and another 47 from overseas. Covering art in painting, sculpture, print and photography, the event showcases a broad selection of art for collectors, art lovers and the general public to peruse.
In 2004, KIAF launched the guest programme to promote the art produced in a different country every year. The selection process is based on countries where outstanding contemporary art is currently being created. The countries that have featured previously include Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, India, Germany, the UK, Australia and Latin America. For the 12th fair, KIAF has chosen Southeast Asia due to the country’s expanding base of contemporary artists, all of whom carry a unique style and have participated in various international Biennales. Visitors will get the chance to meet galleries from Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Philippines.
KIAF 2014 is set to be an inspiring event, bringing together a huge range of practitioners and institutions to celebrate the continued importance of contemporary art in the creative market internationally.
Korea International Art Fair (KIAF), 25-29 September, Hall A&B, COEX, Seoul.
1. KIM Tschang-Yeul, Recurrence, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas. Courtesy of KIAF.
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