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Biggest ‘KIAF 2016/Art Seoul’ Opens This Week
  • By Lee Song-hoon
  • October 11, 2016, 02:30
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The poster of the KIAF 2016 / Art Seoul.
The poster of the KIAF 2016 / Art Seoul.

 

The Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) 2016/Art Seoul, the leader of the Asian art market, will run for five days from October 12 at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul. The annual art market, which is hosted by the Galleries Association of Korea, has invited 170 galleries from 16 countries.

This year, Taiwan will take the place as Guest Country of Honour – presenting pieces from 11 of their galleries. Taiwanese artists will be extensively featured during the event. In particular, they will give lectures on the country's contemporary art scene and lead artist talk sessions with young Taiwanese artists.

In addition to the market, there will be various lectures and conversations that allow visitors to engage with the event in further depth, such as "K-Art Conversation" organized by the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), and “market price appraisal seminar” organized by the Korean Art Appraisal Association.

The KIAF 2016 / Art Seoul will offer a very special opportunity to talk about the rapidly changing and globalizing modern art market through programs run by Taiwanese artists where panelists talk on various topics related to the trends and prospects of the Asian art market

The special exhibition, entitled “Special Hallway,” which is to be held for the second time this year, will be participated in by Korean and other big artists in the global art market to introduce works in various fields.

Supported by various relevant agencies and institutions including the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the KAMS, the event’s organizers have invited about 100 high-profile collectors, gallery owners, directors, critics and journalists from overseas.

They will take part in other concurrent events, such as lectures and forums, and visit various scenes of Korea’s art industry, mainly in Seoul, including the KIAF 2016 / Art Seoul. Based on this, the KIAF 2016 / Art Seoul will make an effort to make Korea as a hub of Asian art.

The Asia Pacific Art Galleries Association (APAGA), which was officially launched last year, has helped the art fair to run such programs to be led by big artists. Eight members of the APAGA – Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia – actively recommended key artists from their respective country to attend the annual art market.