Beyond Art Basel Hong Kong, mark your calendar for more international contemporary-art events taking place in 2019.
1. Photo Basel; Basel, Switzerland
Switzerland’s first and only fair dedicated to photography-based art aims to feature emerging as well as established exhibitors and artists and bring its audience closer to photography as a medium. It helps that it runs parallel to Art Basel.
2. Art Basel; Basel, Switzerland
The original Art Basel, widely considered the benchmark of the contemporary-art fairs, continues to be the nexus of the international art world. Last year, the fair kicked off with “a mild-mannered stampede” as collectors splashed out millions on the most coveted pieces.
3. Chart Art Fair/Chart Design Fair; Copenhagen, Denmark
August 30-September 1
The leading Nordic contemporary-art fair, Chart was established in 2013 with a mission to “challenge the boundaries and experiences of a traditional art fair”. Its three pillars consist of the commercial art fair, Chart Design for collectible design and Chart Social, a non-profit program exploring alliances with music, performance and other creative arts.
4. Sydney Contemporary; Sydney, Australia
The fifth staging of Australasia’s leading art fair returns to the Carriageworks arts center. What it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity — with artists from more than 30 countries, an array of curated sectors, and even pop-up restaurants by top Aussie chefs.
5. Frieze London; London, United Kingdom
The first of the four Frieze fairs, Frieze London showcases works by more than 1,000 artists alongside a full program of films, talks and more at scenic Regent’s Park. Last year’s edition swept in with a wave of women artists and feminist power, perhaps signaling more shifts to come?
6. West Bund Art & Design; Shanghai, China
Drawing art lovers to the glittering streets of Shanghai and its West Bund Art Center, this nearly five-year-old fair offers an established platform for international exhibitors of modern and contemporary art. A full range of associated events doesn’t hurt either.
7. Art Basel Miami Beach; Miami Beach, Florida
Art Basel’s American edition gathers leading galleries from the region and around the world, attracting more than 70,000 visitors annually — no doubt in part for the celeb- spotting and party-hopping that the fair has become known for.
This article has been adapted from (“7 Can’t-Miss Art Events Around the World in 2019“), which originally appeared on Prestige Indonesia.