The New Art Fairs Calendar for September 2020

[25.08.2020]

In June, the prestigious Swiss Art fair Art Basel announced the outright cancellation of its 2020 edition after initially rescheduling from June to September. The news fell shortly before the summer in a press release in which the fair’s Director,Marc Spiegler, explained: “We really wanted to support the art market with a successful fair in September. Unfortunately, the uncertainties we face remain too high. The best way forward is therefore to concentrate on providing a fair of the same exceptional international quality that the art world expects from us next June…

By taking this very difficult decision, MCH – the Swiss group behind the Art Basel Fair – has avoided taking any risks, but it was acutely aware of the consequences. Indeed, between the cancellation of Art Basel Hong Kong and then that of the Basel edition, MCH had to lay off 150 employees before the summer and its market value had already dropped more than 40% between January and June 2020. Moreover, the scrubbing of the Basel fair was a major blow to all the ‘off’ fairs that usually operate in the slipstream of the Swiss juggernaut: Volta and Paper Positions Basel were also de-scheduled. The art fair Liste, first postponed to September, also threw in the towel. The deterioration of the health situation in Switzerland… travel restrictions… and the logistical difficulties of countering the spread of the coronavirus were all too much for these fairs.

All in all, very few art fairs will actually take place in September. Korea’s most important fair – the Kiaf Seoul – is maintained… but 45,000 visitors are unlikely to flock to the show like last year. In Austria, the Vienna Contemporary fair is currently being maintained, and so is the Shanghai art fair. Two Parisian ‘salons’ will also be held.

Art Paris Art Fair will open its doors from 9 to 13 September with a capacity limited to 3,000 visitors. The rules imposed by Éric Gensel, general safety and crisis management advisor at the RMN-Grand Palais, imply: “a circulatory direction compatible with the scenography, wide aisles, the wearing of masks, including in the queue outside, hydroalcoholic gel at all entrances and people counts in the compartmentalized areas inside the Grand Palais.

The drawing fair DDESSIN will be held shortly afterwards with around twenty galleries in the Atelier Richelieu located near the Palais de la Bourse. Eve de Medeiros, its founder and artistic director, managed to reschedule this fair, initially planned for the end of March. This is good news for new drawing talents, the discovery of whom cannot be limited to an exclusively online platform.

 

Fairs Initial dates New Dates Cities Countries
BA PHOTO 1-15 September ONLINE Buenos Aires Argentina
ROY’S ART FAIR 3-6 September CANCELLED London UK
Latitudes Art Fair 3-6 September CANCELLED Johannesburg South Africa
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 3-6 September CANCELLED Fukuoka Japan
FNB ART JOBURG 4-6 September ONLINE Johannesburg South Africa
LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL 4-20 September 4-20 September Landskrona Sweden
EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art) 4 sept-15 nov 4 sept-15 nov Limerick City Ireland
Gwangju Biennale 4 sept-29 nov 26/02-09/05/21 Gwangju Korea
ART BREDA 5-13 September CANCELLED Breda Netherlands
BERLIN BIENNALE June 5 sept -5 nov Berlin Germany
BUSAN BIENNALE 5 Sept-8 nov 5 Sept-8 nov Busan Korea
EYE OF THE COLLECTOR 8-11 September CANCELLED London UK
ROTTERDAM INT’L ART FAIR 9-10 September CANCELLED Rotterdam Netherlands
ARTRIO 9-13 September 9-13 September Rio de Janeiro Brazil
PROYECTOR 9-20 September 9-20 September Madrid Spain
BredaPhoto 9 sept – 25 oct 9 sept – 25 oct Breda Netherlands
START (SAATCHI GALLERY) 9-13 September 21-25 October London UK
International Art Exposition Beijing 10-13 September 10-13 September Beijing China
Art Shenzhen 10-13 September 10-13 September Shenzhen China
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 10-13 September CANCELLED Sydney Australia
MIA PHOTO FAIR 10-13 September CANCELLED Milan Italy
PAPER POSITIONS BERLIN 10-13 September 10-13 September Berlin Germany
POSITIONS BERLIN ART FAIR 10-13 September 10-13 September Berlin Germany
THE OTHER ART FAIR 10-13 September 10-13 September  Sydney  Australia
SM’ART  May 10-14 September Aix-en-Provence France
Photo 2020 – International Festival of Photography 10-27 September CANCELLED Melbourne Australia
ART PARIS ART FAIR April 10-13 September Paris France
PHOTO BASEL / BERLIN June 10-13 September Basel Switzerland
COSMOSCOW 11-13 September 11-13 September Moscow Russia
AAF BRUSSELS March CANCELLED Brussels Belgium
ART VIENNA March 11-13 September Vienna Austria
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMPSTEAD 11-13 September CANCELLED Londres UK
ART SAN DIEGO 11-13 September CANCELLED San Diego USA
The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair May 11-13 September Petworth UK
ART EINDHOVEN April 12-13 September Eindhoven Netherlands
ART SAFARI May 11-20 September Bucharest Romania
Atlanta Design Festival May 12-30 September Atlanta Canada
London Design Festival 12-20 September 12-20 September London UK
LISTE BASEL 17-20 September CANCELLED Basel Switzerland
VOLTA BASEL 14-20 September CANCELLED Basel Switzerland
DESIGN MIAMI 15-20 September CANCELLED Basel Switzerland
PAPER POSITIONS BASEL 15-20 September CANCELLED Basel Switzerland
DDESSIN (PARIS CONTEMPORARY DRAWING FAIR) March 18-20 September Paris France
ART BASEL 17-20 September CANCELLED Basel Switzerland
Beirut Design Fair 17-20 September CANCELLED Beirut Lebanon
Ibiza Art Fair 17-22 September 17-22 September Ibiza Spain
WOPART 18-20 September 27-29 November Lugano Italy
SHANGHAI ART FAIR 18-20 September 18-20 September Shanghai China
ART ATHINA 18-21 September 18-21 September Athens Greece
LA BIENNALE PARIS 18-22 September CANCELLED Paris France
UNSEEN AMSTERDAM 19-21 September CANCELLED Amsterdam Netherlands
KYOTOGRAPHIE April 19 Sept- 18 Oct Kyoto Japan
PARALLEL VIENNA 22-27 September 22-27 September Vienna Austria
DISTRICT 13 ART FAIR 23-27 September CANCELLED Paris France
Affordable Art Fair NYC 24–27 September CANCELLED NYC USA
EXPO CHICAGO 24–27 September CANCELLED Chicago USA
CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL 24-27 September 16-20 December Istanbul Turkey
THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL SHOW 24–27 September CANCELLED San Francisco USA
Peoria Art Guilde Fine Art Fair 24–27 September CANCELLED PEORIA, IL USA
British Art Fair 24–27 September 24–27 September London UK
ART ! VANCOUVER April 24–27 September Vancouver Canada
LAUSANNE ART FAIR April 24–27 September Lausanne Switzerland
Art Fair in Hotel June CANCELLED Beijing China
VIENNACONTEMPORARY 24-27 September 24-27 September Vienne Austria
KIAF ART SEOUL 24-27 September 24-27 September Seoul Korea
ART MARBELLA July 24 sept–3 October Marbella Spain
GZ-BASEL June 25-29 September Basel Switzerland
ARUBA ART FAIR 25–27 September 25–27 September Aruba Dutch Caribbean island
MARKET ART FAIR 25–27 September CANCELLED Stockholm Sweden
PGH Photo Fair 26–27 September CANCELLED Pittsburgh, PA USA
PARĒIDOLIE August 26–27 September Marseille France
Birmingham Street Art Fair 26-27 September CANCELLED Birmingham, MI USA
ANTIBES ART FAIR – « ANTIQUITÉS ET ART MODERNE » 30 sept – 12 October CANCELLED Antibes France
ART THE HAGUE 30 Sept-4 October 6-10 January 2021 Hague Netherlands
SÃO PAULO – BIENNIAL September 3-13 December São Paulo Brazil
TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL 12-21 September 12-21 September Tbilisi Georgia
NEW ARTIST FAIR September No decision made London UK
BEIRUT ART FAIR September CANCELLED Beirut Lebanon
PHOTOFAIRS SHANGHAI September CANCELLED Shanghai China
KUNSTSALON PERCHTOLSDORF September No decision made Perchtolsdorf/Vienna Austria
ART SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY September CANCELLED Salzburg Austria

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