New Team for Art Beijing Debuted and Art Beijing 2016 Launched

From 2006 to 2015, Art Beijing has stayed true to its “Locally Based and Asia-Oriented” core concept and grown into an outstanding leader of domestic art fairs. In these 10 years, both the number and standard of exhibitors has risen, complete with more diversified designs and more professional exhibition services. 2016 marks the eleventh year of Art Beijing, so understandably, expectations will be high for this venerable art fair.

On the afternoon of October 14, 2015, six months from the unveiling of Art Beijing2016, the Launch Ceremony for the countdown was held in Baogucang, Beijing. The eventarranged exchanges and discussions with the media in the form of a light afternoon tea and announced the start of the countdown. In 2016, Art Beijing will enter its second decade, and being a domestic art fair registering stable growth for this long is particularly significant. The new team for Art Beijing made their debut, with Director of Operations Gavin Chi, Brand Director Sam Lee, Art Director Takahiro Kaneshima and Director of Design Beijing Lee Donglim present at the Launch Ceremony provide a comprehensive introduction to Art Beijing 2016.

 

Sam Lee, Brand Director, Art Beijing

 

The afternoon tea was chaired by Brand Director Sam Lee. He began with a discussion of the art fair’s positioning and differentiation strategies from his experience and perspective as a senior media director, stating that “In the competitive art market, small, local fairs resulting from diverse regional structures are currently, without doubt, enriching the art world, but comprehensive and large domestic art fairs are also indispensable. Art Beijing, being “locally based and internationally oriented”, has become an art fair on a par with some of the largest art fairs in the world. All-round cooperation with the media and personalized and diversified cooperation with businesses and commercial brands represent a fundamental part of this art fair’s brand”.

 

Gavin Chi, Operation Director, Art Beijing

 

Director of Operations Gavin Chi shared a number of highlights of Art Beijing 2016 from six points of view: 1. Upholding Art Beijing’s core spirit of “Locally Based and Asia-Oriented”. As an art fair, Art Beijing is now the most familiar with and the main pioneer of the Asian domestic art market, and has incorporated new Asian elements, such as changing its team structure; 2. Continually offering practical and professional art services. These include partnerships with exhibitors, collectors, sponsors and the media; 3. Quality and popularity as its central goal. Quality concerns the exhibitors and the quality of artists and their works, operational standards of galleries, service standards of the Art Beijing team in terms of both software and hardware etc. At the same time, Art Beijing will strive to turn its popularity into substantial purchasing power; 4. Openness and cooperation. Art Beijing is a leader in diversification and overall scope and its segmented blocks will draw an ever greater number of participants; 5. Innovation. You can spot new highlights at every art fair; 6. Cooperation with the media. He pointed out that the media is more like a partner, working together to develop the art fair.

 

Takahiro Kaneshima, Art Director, Art Beijing

 

Art Director Takahiro Kaneshima boasts five years’ practical experience with the Tokyo Art Fair. Following an analysis of the block structure of Asian art fairs and the basis for attracting collectors, he stressed the importance of listening to and valuing the demands of collectors. The eleventh Art Beijing will be held in Beijing from April 30 to May 3, 2016, adhering to the concept of “Locally Based and Asia-Oriented”, it will comprise of five sections: Contemporary Art Section, Classical Art Section, Design Beijing, Public Art and the all-new Photo Beijing. Two small booths will be added in the contemporary exhibition area for either a solo show of artists from emerging galleries or a small group show of artists. In addition, Kaneshima hoped that Art Beijing could become a bridge for cultural exchanges between China and the world and hoped to introduce Chinese artworks to Japanese and South Korean collectors and vice versa. According to him, Art Beijing 2016 will raise the proportion of Japanese and South Koreanexhibitors and live up to the idea of “Asia-Oriented”.

 

Executive Director of Design Beijing Lee Donglim

 

Design Beijing is an independent project debuted at Art Beijing 2015. According to Executive Director Lee Donglim, the success of the first Design Beijing filled her with confidence for Design Beijing 2016. At present, art development is going main stream and design exhibitions are springing up. In this context, Design Beijing, both commercially and academically, is taking a strong position in the design market. When discussing the development direction of Design Beijing 2016, Lee Donglim revealed that Design Beijing has been placing a high value on building partnerships with leading global design organizations and agencies, and is planning to sign an MOU with Gwangju Design Biennale of Korea. As the first international biennial exhibition in the sector of design, Gwangju Design Biennale enjoys the reputation of being among the top six biennial exhibitions worldwide. Both sides see this as an opportunity to cooperate with each other strategically across the board, and with other players in East Asia, to showcase the best of Asian design culture.

 

 

Four key members talked about the general program of Art Beijing 2016 from different perspectives. The atmosphere of the afternoon tea was pleasant and vibrant, with the numerous figures, diagrams and data analyses provided in the presentations reflecting the professionalism of the new team. Regretfully, the founders of Art Beijing, Dong Mengyang and Zhao Li, were absent due to a pre-scheduled business trip, however, as founders, they will give more attention and support to the development of Art Beijing, devoting more of their efforts to the integration of primary market resources and finance.

 

New Team for Art Beijing

 

Aside from giving a profile of Art Beijing 2016 and information about itspersonnel structure and future direction, the teamof Art Beijing, invigorated by new members, will work and provide services with more sincerity and integrity. The start of the six-month countdown to Art Beijing signifies that cooperation with exhibitors has begun and Art Beijing will now be in frequent exchanges with partners, attendees, the media etc. We appreciate your continued support of Art Beijing.
In its first decade, Art Beijing has established itself as a strong presence both domestically, in China, and internationally. In the next decade, Art Beijing will follow its concept of “Locally Based and Asia-Oriented” and give more impetus tothe development of the Chinese art market by integrating various art resources from different areas, gradually positioning Art Beijing as the most original, modern and competitive art fair in Asia.

 

Core team of Art Beijing 2016

Gavin Chi, Operation Director, Art Beijing
With an EMBA of BiMBA and a Master’s degree in art theory from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, he has successively served at several multinational companies, including the leading art website www.artron.net in charge of its marketing and enterprise management work. He has rich serve and operation management experiences in the art market. Currently, he is mainly in charge of the operations and management work of Art Beijing.

 

Sam Lee, Brand Director, Art Beijing
He started media work in 2001 and continued to 2014. As the editor-in-chief of China’s most influential weekly publication Modern Weekly (Urban Edition), he truly turned the magazine into a must-read for the urban elite in China. It is the only nationwide authoritative media which captures urban trends, publishes the voices of opinion leaders and offers a comprehensive guide to local life. Meanwhile, his profound insight into urban life has made him a popular guest for TV interviews and sought-after author in the architectural design and consumer culture of fields. He has also provided creative services to numerous international brands, served as art director for various print media advertisements and photography works, developed new publishing concepts and edited books. In recent years,Sam Lee has initiated the China Urban Life Aesthetics Project to team up with the most forward-looking enterprise brands in China to boost the aesthetics of urban life in the country.
At the end of 2014, Sam Lee joined Art Beijing and became its executive director. In 2016, he will be primarily responsible for brand promotions and related commercial cooperation projects in his capacity as Brand Director for Art Beijing.

 

Takahiro Kaneshima, Art Director, Art Beijing
After receiving his MA from the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University in 2002, Takahiro Kaneshima successively worked for the Nokia Research Center (Finland), TOSHIBA Digital media (Tokyo) and Tokyo Gallery+BTAP (Beijing). Subsequently, he established Far East Contemporaries in 2007 and also had been a member of the committee of “Creative City Yokohama” to push forward art and cultural programs in Yokohama. As the Director of Far East Contemporaries (2008 onwards) and Executive Director of Art Fair Tokyo (2010-2015), he assisted Asian artists in international promotions and organized a number of international art exchange programs. In Art Beijing, he is mainly responsible for attracting exhibitors and handling related art programs by taking advantage of rich working experience in international fairs as Art Director of Art Beijing.

 

Executive Director of Design Beijing Lee Donglim
Lee Donglim is primarily in charge of expanding the Design Beijing project. She holds concurrent posts as honorary professor of Arts at Jilin University, adviser at the Korean Cultural Center, international research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Industries of Peking University, and art director of 798 Force Gallery. Boasting over ten years experience in art, design and exhibitions, she graduated from Hongik University majoring in traditional Chinese painting and later studied at the Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Painting. She previously worked as head of design and development of corporate images for various companies including Beijing Happy Valley, Haier Group, Beijing TV and TVS.