Art Fairs Worth the Trip Beyond Basel

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Art fairs have been exploding around the world in the past half-century.

Art fairs are where buyers, curators, and collectors can meet, experience, buy, and mingle with galleries representing artists from around the globe. Here, galleries grow in popularity and income, where professionals cultivate relationships and individuals build their collections. They are not only the most dominant economic model in the art market, but they also have a glamorous and adventurous lifestyle.

You can easily be swept up in the excitement and enthusiasm of Armory Week or Frieze Week. These events are renowned for their prestigious galleries and lavish spectacles. There are dozens of art events worldwide, which you can attend to learn about the latest artists or fair formats.

Melbourne Art Fair

Melbourne Art Fair, a biennial exhibition, features leading galleries from Australia, New Zealand, and the surrounding region and works by renowned contemporary artists. Melbourne Art Week is a city-wide week-long program that includes Melbourne Art Fair. Charles Justin, Melbourne Art Foundation‘s chairperson, says the Melbourne Art Fair is “more than an art fair.” The fair emphasizes “the cultivation and growth of contemporary art through discussion and creative partnerships.”

Melbourne’s Art Week will feature a variety of smaller exhibitions, shows, and events. You can visit the nearby Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and NVG International to see Australia’s most prominent art museum or visit Vue de Monde to enjoy the views.

CODE Art Fair

Code Art Fair is an ambitious international fair in Copenhagen that showcases high-profile contemporary artwork in a relaxed, fresh, and friendly atmosphere. It caters to both seasoned collectors and newcomers.

Code Art Fair features an array of curated programming, including talks and performances by prominent writers, artists, curators, and collectors. This enhances the overall experience. Explore the city and find artwork outside of the usual boundaries of an art fair. Code in the city encourages visitors to participate in site-specific events and performances.

The Code Art Fair is held in conjunction with Chart Fair Art Fair. This leading Nordic contemporary art fair allows you to explore the work of regional artists. You can enjoy the best local fare at Sollerod Kro or Copenhagen Street Food, which offers a mix of Scandinavian and international cuisine.

Zona Maco

Zona Maco, a fixture at art fairs with a contemporary event held in February and an event on photography in August, is well known. Zona Maco has one of the largest attendances in the world. It is highly regarded for combining European and Asian art with traditional and contemporary indigenous artworks in a city that straddles the past and future.

Art Nashville

Nashville is much more than just country music. It’s an example of the best that a New South city can offer. Art Nashville’s inaugural event will feature over 100 local and foreign galleries in pavilions devoted to printmaking, emerging galleries, and music Row. You can enjoy events such as an MVP First Look and a Collectors Lunch, lectures, signings of books, and a music program every night at the Downtown Bandshell, produced by FogoLabs.

Take the vibrant art scene of Nashville, from Tinney Contemporary to Kelsey Montague‘s “WhatLiftsYou,” wings, or contemporary galleries such as Tinney. Make a reservation for City House or Kanye Prime. It’s impossible to visit Music City and not spend a night on Lower Broadway at a classic Honky Tonk, where you can catch local legends.

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