Now in its 14th year, the annual Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) has grown into one of Asia’s leading art fair and hosts approximately 200 galleries from more than 10 countries each autumn. The fair welcomes more than 40,000 art collectors and aficionados alike to its five-day event, which this year runs from 7-11 October.
In a bold move to strengthen the fair’s identity further, KIAF returns with a fresh, new image as KIAF 2015 / ART SEOUL. This rebranding not only highlights KIAF’s vibrant location in Seoul, but also the regional characters that the innovative city has to offer. Seoul has been spotlighted by many other countries for its attractive cultural assets including its role as a bridge between the east and the west, and between the past and the present.
Next month’s fair will present a line-up of 182 galleries from a range of international countries and territories. Many exhibitors hail from some of the most prominent cities in Asia such as Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei. Participating galleries include Leehwaik Gallery, Gaain Gallery, Art Front Gallery, Mon Decor Gallery, Bicha Gallery, Bruno Art Group, and more.
Over the festival-run, KIAF will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Japan in a special Guest of Honor programme. A selection of 20 prestigious Japanese galleries comprised of Mizuma Art Gallery, Tomio Koyama Gallery, and NCA Tokyo amongst others, will showcase contemporary works by established and emerging artists from the region.
Housed within the halls of Coex, KIAF is organised into two key sectors: Galleries and Special Exhibition. Both of these areas will present a variety of work from painting, drawing, installation, photography and media works. The fair will also present a series of dynamic talks, forums and educational workshops led by art industry professionals.
KIAF 2015 / ART SEOUL, 7 – 11 October, Coex, Hall A and B, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea.
More information can be found at www.kiaf.org.
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1. Leandro Erlich, Invisible Garden, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Art Front Gallery.