Source: Artprice.com

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. 

FairsInitial datesNew DatesCitiesCountries
BA PHOTO1-15 SeptemberONLINEBuenos AiresArgentina
ROY’S ART FAIR 3-6 SeptemberCANCELLEDLondonUK
Latitudes Art Fair 3-6 SeptemberCANCELLEDJohannesburgSouth Africa
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 3-6 SeptemberCANCELLEDFukuokaJapan
FNB ART JOBURG 4-6 SeptemberONLINEJohannesburgSouth Africa
LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL 4-20 September4-20 SeptemberLandskronaSweden
EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art)4 sept-15 nov4 sept-15 novLimerick CityIreland
Gwangju Biennale4 sept-29 nov26/02-09/05/21GwangjuKorea
ART BREDA5-13 SeptemberCANCELLEDBredaNetherlands
BERLIN BIENNALE June5 sept -5 novBerlinGermany
BUSAN BIENNALE5 Sept-8 nov5 Sept-8 novBusanKorea
EYE OF THE COLLECTOR 8-11 SeptemberCANCELLEDLondonUK
ROTTERDAM INT’L ART FAIR 9-10 SeptemberCANCELLEDRotterdamNetherlands
ARTRIO 9-13 September9-13 SeptemberRio de JaneiroBrazil
PROYECTOR9-20 September9-20 SeptemberMadridSpain
BredaPhoto9 sept – 25 oct9 sept – 25 octBredaNetherlands
START (SAATCHI GALLERY)9-13 September21-25 OctoberLondonUK
International Art Exposition Beijing10-13 September10-13 SeptemberBeijingChina
Art Shenzhen 10-13 September10-13 SeptemberShenzhenChina
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 10-13 SeptemberCANCELLEDSydneyAustralia
MIA PHOTO FAIR 10-13 SeptemberCANCELLEDMilanItaly
PAPER POSITIONS BERLIN 10-13 September10-13 SeptemberBerlinGermany
POSITIONS BERLIN ART FAIR 10-13 September10-13 SeptemberBerlinGermany
THE OTHER ART FAIR10-13 September10-13 September Sydney Australia
SM’ART May10-14 SeptemberAix-en-ProvenceFrance
Photo 2020 – International Festival of Photography10-27 SeptemberCANCELLEDMelbourneAustralia
ART PARIS ART FAIR April10-13 SeptemberParisFrance
PHOTO BASEL / BERLIN June10-13 SeptemberBaselSwitzerland
COSMOSCOW 11-13 September11-13 SeptemberMoscowRussia
AAF BRUSSELS MarchCANCELLEDBrusselsBelgium
ART VIENNA March11-13 SeptemberViennaAustria
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMPSTEAD 11-13 SeptemberCANCELLEDLondresUK
ART SAN DIEGO11-13 SeptemberCANCELLEDSan DiegoUSA
The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art FairMay11-13 SeptemberPetworthUK
ART EINDHOVENApril12-13 SeptemberEindhovenNetherlands
ART SAFARIMay11-20 SeptemberBucharestRomania
Atlanta Design Festival May12-30 SeptemberAtlantaCanada
London Design Festival12-20 September12-20 SeptemberLondonUK
LISTE BASEL 17-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBaselSwitzerland
VOLTA BASEL14-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBaselSwitzerland
DESIGN MIAMI15-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBaselSwitzerland
PAPER POSITIONS BASEL15-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBaselSwitzerland
DDESSIN (PARIS CONTEMPORARY DRAWING FAIR)March18-20 SeptemberParisFrance
ART BASEL17-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBaselSwitzerland
Beirut Design Fair 17-20 SeptemberCANCELLEDBeirutLebanon
Ibiza Art Fair 17-22 September17-22 SeptemberIbizaSpain
WOPART 18-20 September27-29 NovemberLuganoItaly
SHANGHAI ART FAIR18-20 September18-20 SeptemberShanghaiChina
ART ATHINA 18-21 September18-21 SeptemberAthensGreece
LA BIENNALE PARIS 18-22 SeptemberCANCELLEDParisFrance
UNSEEN AMSTERDAM19-21 SeptemberCANCELLEDAmsterdamNetherlands
KYOTOGRAPHIEApril19 Sept- 18 OctKyotoJapan
PARALLEL VIENNA 22-27 September22-27 SeptemberViennaAustria
DISTRICT 13 ART FAIR23-27 SeptemberCANCELLEDParisFrance
Affordable Art Fair NYC 24–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDNYCUSA
EXPO CHICAGO24–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDChicagoUSA
CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL 24-27 September16-20 DecemberIstanbulTurkey
THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL SHOW 24–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDSan FranciscoUSA
Peoria Art Guilde Fine Art Fair 24–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDPEORIA, ILUSA
British Art Fair 24–27 September24–27 SeptemberLondonUK
ART ! VANCOUVER April24–27 SeptemberVancouverCanada
LAUSANNE ART FAIR April24–27 SeptemberLausanneSwitzerland
Art Fair in Hotel JuneCANCELLEDBeijingChina
VIENNACONTEMPORARY24-27 September24-27 SeptemberVienneAustria
KIAF ART SEOUL24-27 September24-27 SeptemberSeoulKorea
ART MARBELLA July24 sept–3 OctoberMarbellaSpain
GZ-BASEL June25-29 SeptemberBaselSwitzerland
ARUBA ART FAIR25–27 September25–27 SeptemberAruba Dutch Caribbean island
MARKET ART FAIR 25–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDStockholmSweden
PGH Photo Fair 26–27 SeptemberCANCELLEDPittsburgh, PA USA
PARĒIDOLIE August26–27 SeptemberMarseilleFrance
Birmingham Street Art Fair 26-27 SeptemberCANCELLEDBirmingham, MIUSA
ANTIBES ART FAIR – « ANTIQUITÉS ET ART MODERNE » 30 sept – 12 OctoberCANCELLEDAntibesFrance
ART THE HAGUE30 Sept-4 October6-10 January 2021HagueNetherlands
SÃO PAULO – BIENNIAL September3-13 DecemberSão PauloBrazil
TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL 12-21 September12-21 SeptemberTbilisiGeorgia
NEW ARTIST FAIRSeptemberNo decision madeLondonUK
BEIRUT ART FAIR SeptemberCANCELLEDBeirutLebanon
PHOTOFAIRS SHANGHAI SeptemberCANCELLEDShanghaiChina
KUNSTSALON PERCHTOLSDORFSeptemberNo decision madePerchtolsdorf/ViennaAustria
ART SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY SeptemberCANCELLEDSalzburgAustria

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