The Art Fairs Are Coming Back

By Kyle Dimayuga

The pandemic has affected everything we do, from carrying out our day-to-day lives to participating in in-person live events or gatherings. However, after two years, the world has been slowly returning to normal—albeit with specific preventive measures, such as wearing facemasks in crowded places and applying rubbing alcohol on your skin.

The live events are coming back, too, which include one of our favorites: the art fairs!

Here’s a list of local and international art fairs we’re looking forward to as we usher in the last half of 2022.

KIAF Art/Frieze Seoul 2022
September 2-6
Coex Convention & Exhibition Center
Seoul, South Korea

Korea’s flagship art fair, KIAF Art Seoul, in cooperation with the Galleries Association of South Korea, partners with Frieze in London to stage a global-themed art fair—a first for KIAF Art Seoul.

The Galleries Association of South Korea believes there’s a continued public interest in Korean art across international markets, inspiring this co-hosted project with Frieze.

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Art Beijing 2022
September 9-12
Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China
Beijing, China

In its 10th edition, Art Beijing launched “Design Beijing,” one of the design pavilion centerpieces at the art fair. Besides promoting the Chinese design industry, Design Beijing also showcases Chinese art and design and its artistic vision of what the design industry has to offer in the future.

General admission is free.

Digital Art Fair
September 8 – October 5
Great Lawn, West Kowloon Cultural District
Hong Kong

Digital Art Fair is a premier Web 3.0 art fair dedicated to immersive art experiences, new media, and NFT art from various tech-savvy international artists. Its vision is to encourage a new generation of art collectors to explore the emerging digital art communities and cultures.

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ManilaArt 2022
October 19-23
SMX Aura Convention Center
Taguig City, Philippines

Co-presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ManilaArt is one of the longest-running art fairs in the Philippines. The art festival, established in 2009, aims at promoting Philippine culture via the visual arts. Each year, Filipino artists from the different regions, cities, and provinces in the Philippines participate to showcase their region’s distinct culture and craftsmanship.

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Photo: Markus Spiske