Amid considerable controversy, Art Beijing 2017 has come to a successful close in Beijing for its 12th show in the city. This year the event experimented by combining contemporary and classic art in one hall and the exhibition area for its sister-event Design Art was doubled, helping bring in more visitors and building the interaction between different art forms. However, the combination, with no visible partition in the hall, caused a little confusion in the presentation of the artworks. In addition, the absence of some domestic galleries affected the diversity of exhibits.
In any case, 160 exhibitors at Art Beijing were satisfied with their sales. More than 96% of galleries and agencies present at the event made at least one deal on site. And more than 50 exhibitors made sales at Design Beijing. In the hall, the most sold artworks landed in the RMB100-300K range, which has gradually become the mainstream price range. The base of the collectors is continuously expanding, indicating a change in the art market.
Art Beijing played host to around 100,000 visitors this year, making it the largest and most diversified art fair in the city, and reflecting Beijing’s continued enthusiasm for art.
With having the advantage of the location, Art Beijing worked with Art Intervention on the public art project Art Park to explore the concept “art entering the public domain” which is unique to this exhibition. Working with other galleries, the exhibition themed The Parallel Worlds f Asia: When Venice Encounters Asian Contemporary Art hosted 7 artists from China and Japan. They included Suga Kishio, Wu Jian’an and Iwasaki Takahiro, whose works will be exhibited at the La Biennale di Venezia later this year, as well as Ji Dachun, Liu Xiaodong and Odani Motohiko whose works have been shown at previous years of La Biennale di Venezia. These artists presented together the recent development and trends of Asian contemporary art, and highlighted the inherent similarities and differences of East Asian art.
The Art Forum, a professional platform for art education of the public, invited professionals and art lovers to share views over 14 sessions with topics spanning ‘art and people’, ‘art and city’, ‘art and philanthropy’, and ‘art and collection’ plus others. The launch ceremony for the A80’s Collector Club was held to provide a reasonable roadmap for art to enter people’s daily lives.
This year, the philanthropic art project continued its collaboration with the Sun Future Foundation. What Is Love, a large philanthropic art education advocacy campaign of exhibited artworks sponsored by the Sun Future Foundation, was launched at the fair. Thanks to Art Beijing’s platform, the foundation mingled with different sections of society interested in art education.
Profound changes have taken place in today’s art. Art Beijing is constantly adapting to the times, adjusting its own planning and business model so that it can spend the next 12 years showcasing China’s art and style not just to the capital city but to the whole world.