The New Art Fairs Calendar for October 2020

[29/09/2020]

The Covid pandemic has prevented numerous fairs, biennials and art festivals from opening their doors. Further cancellations have been announced during September for important events. In total, no less than 25 events have been wiped off the initially planned calendar for October 2020, that’s almost 30% of the scheduled artistic events.

In New York, the Tefaf already announced the cancellation of its New York edition at the end of July. In the UK, the Prime Minister announced new restrictions on 22 September aimed at limiting social interactions in the face of rising infections. Large-scale art and antique fairs will therefore not be able to take place this autumn.

In Paris, despite good results from the Art Paris Art Fair, the 47th edition of the FIAC has been cancelled as a direct result of its international identity. There were quite simply too many problems for international exhibitors and visitors alike (travel restrictions, health constraints, etc.). The FIAC’s organisers, Reed Expositions, have been criticised for taking the decision to cancel so late: after several procrastinations, the company finally announced on 14 September that the event which was due to open on 22 October was cancelled. The short notice clearly angered a number of gallery owners and artists. Some dealers have also suggested that the FIAC could have repositioned itself into the national market in response to urgent local demand for events of this magnitude.

The PAD Paris – a prestigious design fair due to be held in the wake of the FIAC – is also cancelled. Ditto for Art Elysées. Decisions following the passage of Paris in the “heightened alert” zone, which limits gatherings to 1,000 people. On the other hand, several “off” fairs have refused to throw in the towel. Asia Now, and Galeristes will take place in Paris in October. The Outsider Art Fair will also go ahead, with around thirty exhibitors at the Atelier Richelieu, while Paris Internationale has surprised everyone by planning to open in a supermarket in the center of Paris.

Many of the physical fairs have also set up “viewing rooms” allowing a more in-depth discovery of the works and their context… one of the rare virtuous effects of this crisis.

Fairs Initial dates New Dates Cities Countries
AHAF SEOUL 16-19 July 8-11 October Seoul South Korea
ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 1-4 October 1-4 October Zurich Switzerland
SWAB BARCELONA 1-4 October 1–15 October (ONLINE) Barcelona Spain
DALLAS ART FAIR 1-4 October CANCELLED Dallas, TX USA
TBILISI ART FAIR 1-4 October CANCELLED Tbilisi GEORGIA
ART MARKET SAN FRANCISCO 1-4 October CANCELLED San Francisco,CA USA
FotoFocus 2020 Biennial 1-31 October CANCELLED Cincinnati, OH USA
ART3F LYON 2-4 October 18-20 December Lyon France
Sussex Art Fairs 2–4 October  CANCELLED Brighton UK
ART VILNIUS 2-4 October 2-4 October Vilnius Lithuania
POOL ART FAIR GUADELOUPE 2-4 October 2-4 October Pointe-à-Pitre Guadelopue
Peinture Fraîche Festival 2-25 October 2-25 October Lyon France
KUBOSHOW 3-4 October 3-4 October Herne Germany
FAIR FOR ART VIENNA 3-11 October 3-11 October Vienna Austria
SÃO PAULO – BIENNIAL 3 Oct–13 Dec CANCELLED São Paulo Brazil
FINE ART ASIA 4-7 October  27 – 30 November Hong Kong Hong Kong
PAD LONDON 5-11 October CANCELLED London UK
ART PRAGUE 6-11 October 6-11 October Prague Czech Republic
PHOTO LONDON 7-11 October 7-11 October London UK
WORLD ART DUBAI 8-10 October 8-10 October Dubai United Arab Emirates
FRIEZE MASTERS 8-11 October CANCELLED London UK
FRIEZE LONDON 8-11 October CANCELLED London UK
Art Montpellier 8-11 October 8-11 October Montpellier France
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR STOCKHOLM 8-11 October  CANCELLED Stockholm Sweden
ART GWANGJU 8-11 October 8-11 October Kwangju South Korea
Roy’s Art Fair 8-11 October CANCELLED London UK
TEXAS CONTEMPORARY 8-11 October  8-11 October  Texas USA
ANNUAL DUTCH ART FAIR 9-11 October 9-11 October Amsterdam Netherlands
MANCHESTER ART FAIR 9-11 October 9-11 October Manchester UK
THE MANCHESTER CONTEMPORARY 9-11 October 9-11 October Manchester UK
Hong Kong City Art Fair 9-11 October 9-11 October Hong Kong Hong Kong
DRAWING ROOM LISBOA 14-18 October 14-18 October Lisboa Portugal
OUTSIDER ART FAIR PARIS 15-18 October 15-18 October Paris USA
ACAF – ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR 15-18 October CANCELLED Brussels Belgium
KunstRAI 15-18 October 15-18 October Amsterdam Netherlands
Salon d’Automne 15-18 October 15-18 October Paris France
ASIAN ART IN LONDON 15 Oct-7 Nov 15 Oct-7 Nov London UK
ARTVERONA 16-18 October 16-18 October Verona Italy
EDIT Napoli 16-18 October 16-18 October Naples Italy
ARTBO 16-18 October 16-18 October Bogota Colombia
PARALLAX ART FAIR 17-18 October 17-18 October London UK
PAD PARIS ART + DESIGN 19-25 October CANCELLED Paris France
PRAGUE PHOTO 20-25 October 20-25 October Prague Czech Republic
PARIS INTERNATIONALE 21-24 October 21-24 October Paris France
ASIA NOW 21-24 October 21-24 October Paris France
HIGHLIGHTS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR MUNICH 21-25 October 22-25 October Munich Germany
START (SAATCHI GALLERY) 21-25 October 21-25 October London UK
Philadelphia Fine Art Fair 22-25 October 22-25 October Philadelphia USA
ART MARKET BUDAPEST 22-25 October 22-25 October Budapest Hungary
ARTMUC 22-25 October 22-25 October Munich Germany
FIAC PARIS 22-25 October CANCELLED Paris France
BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 22-25 October CANCELLED Boston USA
Denver Fine Art Fair 22-25 October 22-25 October Denver USA
UAF SOLO SHOWS 22-25 October 22-25 October Paris France
PAPER POSITIONS MUNICH 22-25 October CANCELLED Munich Germany
Art Shopping 23-25 October 23-25 October Paris France
Galeristes 23-25 October 23-25 October  Paris  France
ART TAIPEI 23-26 October 23-26 October Taipei Taiwan
ART ÉLYSÉES 22-26 October CANCELLED Paris France
ART PHOTO BCN 23-25 October 23-25 October Barcelona Spain
BUSINESS ART FAIR 23-25 October  23-25 October  Paris France
DESIGNART TOKYO 23 Oct-3 Nov 23 Oct-3 Nov Tokyo Japan
THE AADLA 23-27 October 23-27 October NY USA
LagosPhoto Festival 24 Oct-19 Dec 24 Oct-19 Dec Lagos Nigeria
Armenia Art Fair 23 Oct- 6 Nov ONLINE Yerevan Armenia
Triennial of Asia 27 Oct-27 June 27 Oct-27 June New York USA
ART TORONTO 28 Oct-1 Nov 28 Oct-8 Nov Toronto Canada
AAF AMSTERDAM 29 Oct-1 Nov 29 Oct-1 Nov Amsterdam Netherlands
BANGKOK ART BIENNALE 29 Oct-31 Jan 29 Oct-31 Jan Bangkok Thailand
KUNST 20 ZURICH 29 Oct-1 Nov 29 Oct-1 Nov Zurich Switzerland
GUARDIAN FINE ART ASIA 29 Oct-1 Nov 29 Oct-1 Nov Beijing China
CONTEMPORARY ART RUHR  30 Oct-1 Nov 30 Oct-1 Nov Essen Germany
DISCOVERY ART FAIR FRANKFURT 29 Oct-1 Nov 30 Oct-1 Nov Frankfurt Germany
ART SG 30 Oct-1 Nov CANCELLED Singapore Singapore
KUNSTMESSE LEIPZIG 30 Oct-1 Nov CANCELLED Leipzig Germany
TEFAF NEW YORK SPRING 31 Oct-4 Nov CANCELLED New York USA
FOTOFOCUS BIENNIAL   CANCELLED Cincinnati, OH USA
ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW   CANCELLED Hong Kong Hong Kong
ART EXPO MALAYSIA   CANCELLED Kuala Lumpur Malaisia
BIENVENUE   CANCELLED Paris France
ART ON PAPER   CANCELLED Brussels Belgium

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