The admirers and collectors of Contemporary Asian art will now have a unique opportunity to explore its gems in Europe. The first ever boutique art fair in France and Europe, Asia Now Paris, represents a new event which will offer a fresh look at the ever-changing and marvellously diverse Asian scene, with all its artists, critics and galleries. Taking place right after Frieze and just before FIAC, Asia Now Paris will provide a consistent program which will feature outstanding exhibitions, curatorial projects and platforms led by leading experts. For the debut edition, there will be 19 exhibitors from Europe and Asia, and a project by LEAP magazine, which will also introduce its first European issue at the event. Asia Now Fair aims to reinvent the perception of the Asian market, fight prejudice and stereotypes, and establish its place on the global scene.
With three highlight sections, Asia Now Paris will present the works and practices of 40 artists. The first, Exhibition, will focus on solo and group shows, with the most talented individuals from the Asian scene, many of which will exhibit in Europe for the first time. A number of experts will speak as part of the Conversations program, to be held at Théâtre de l'Espace Pierre Cardin during October 20th. The talks will tackle many topics, including the Indonesian and art scene in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, China’s young artists and much more. Finally, Exploration will gather a selection of reference publications related to the Asian art scene.
Asia Now Paris will also present 3 curatorial projects. The LEAP Pavillion will host a group exhibition of Hong Kong artists who represented it at the Venice Biennale. BLAST ! is a platform dedicated to digital artists, with a special project developed during Art in the City Festival in Shanghai. Finally, Perfect Design will present their selection of works by five best designers in China.
As we mentioned, 19 spaces will bring their selection of artists to Asia Now Paris, coming from Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand and many more Asian countries. Among the galleries, there will be Galerie Magda Danysz, bringing Prune Nourry and Wang Keping, who will also present an installation entitled Eternal Smile as part of the Beyond the walls project at the Park Hyatt Vendome hotel. The works of Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho will be featured at ARNDT Fine Art, and a new project of Li Wei will be presented by A2Z Art Gallery. Young Chinese artist Xu Qu will produce a set of objects exclusively for the Asia Now Paris, as a commission from the Mimi Ullens Foundation. Two galleries, CHOI&LAGER and 313 ART PROJECT, will present a specific work featuring Korean artists, to honour the France-Korea year.
Asia Now Paris will take place at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, from October 20 through 22 2015. The preview and the opening will be held on October 19th, from 2pm to 6.30pm and from 6.30pm to 9pm respectively, by invitation only. Fair hours will be 11am-9pm, 11am-10pm and 11am-7.30pm on closing day. Tickets prices are 15€ for the full fare and 10€ reduced. For more information, visit the official website.
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