Beijing Art Fair 2012 “Art Beijing 2012” Plans Magnificent Transformation for April After six years of growth and maturation, Art Beijing has established itself as one of Asia’s most influential art fairs. Today, it is a high-end cultural and creative project that enjoys tremendous support from the Beijing Municipal Government. This year, for the first time, the “Art Beijing • Contemporary Art Fair” and “Art Beijing • Fine Art Fair” will be held jointly as “Art Beijing 2012” at the Beijing
National Agricultural Exhibition Center, for a magnificent transformation for Art Beijing.
With this special 2012 exhibition, Art Beijing builds on its “locally based and Asia-oriented” concept to further deepen its cooperation with local art galleries in China, with galleries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and with galleries in the United States and Europe. Together, Art Beijing and its partners seek common ground in integrating art resources and presenting different perspectives on culture and art creation across various countries and regions. Art Beijing 2012 will be divided into two parts: the Contemporary Hall and the Classical Hall. The total exhibition area will be approximately 20,000 sq. meters, making it the largest art fair in Asia.
The Contemporary Hall will be located in the new building of the Agricultural Exhibition Center, and will display various contemporary art works from hundreds of galleries and art organizations from both home and abroad. In addition to jointly working with many art organizations, Art Beijing 2012’s “Art Breakthrough – Art Unforbidden” and “Photo Beijing” theme exhibitions will continue to highlight academic and commercial trends in the art market by displaying pioneering and experimental contemporary art works. Meanwhile, this year’s “Art Platform” will involve the Culture Office of the France Embassy, the Goethe Institute, the Cultural Affairs Office of the Embassy of Mexico, the Artist Network of New York and other international cultural and artistic institutions. On display will be Chinese and Western contemporary art works from various cultural backgrounds. In addition, a new Art Auction Preview will also be set up in the Contemporary Hall. Here, five top auction houses from across Asia will exhibit stunning previews of their upcoming auctions.
Peter Denger, the famous curator of Basel Art Fair which is called Olympic in art, once gave Shanghai Art Fair a high rating “It”s a great international art fair with bright future”.