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KIAF - Korea International Art Fair

KIAF - Korea International Art Fair

The Korea International Art Fair 2009

The Korea International Art Fair 2009 will bring together galleries, collectors and art lovers for five days through Sept. 22, at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, southern Seoul. Pyo Mi-sun, chairman of the Galleries Association of Korea, said the KIAF hopes to reinvigorate the stagnant Korean art market, which has been affected by the global economic downturn. KIAF has a much leaner line-up of galleries this year. Only 168 are participating, down from 218 last year and 208 in 2007. This includes 122 domestic galleries and 46 from countries such as Germany, Japan, Spain, Australia, France, China and India, among others. Still, KIAF includes the biggest Korean galleries Arario Gallery, Kukje Gallery, Gallery Hyundai, and Gana Art Gallery. Foreign galleries include China's TS1 Beijing, Colombia's El Museo, France's Galerie Maria Lund, Germany's Walter Bischoff Galerie and Japan's Gallery Kaze. Over 4,600 works by approximately 1,200 up-and-coming and world renowned artists are on display at the art fair, hoping to attract the attention of the art-loving public and art collectors. India's contemporary art is in the spotlight, as it is the guest country at this year's KIAF. ``Through the India Guest Country program, KIAF wishes to demonstrate Indian art's excellence as well as its potential for further growth as an art market to the public and professionals,'' organizers said. The exhibition of Indian art ``Failed Plot,'' curated by art critic Gayatri Sihna, is ``inspired by the idea of the incomplete picture.'' Works of 15 Indian artists including Gigi Scaria, Tejal Shah, Surekha, Rohini Devasher and Manjunath Kamath will be shown. Sinha will discuss the exhibition in a lecture, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m., while Parul Dave Mukgerji of Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi will give a lecture on contemporary art practices in India, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. KIAF has organized special exhibitions to attract a wider audience. ``Modern Boy, Modern Girl: Korean Contemporary Art, Modernism & Modernity'' hopes to broaden the public's view of Korean contemporary art. ``The exhibition will shed light on how the contemporary artists felt, perceived and tried to reflect modernity in their paintings. It will also show how the task of practicing modernity was fulfilled by artists and their sensitivity through their manifestation of art in each period,'' organizers said. The exhibition is divided into three eras of Korean contemporary art, 1920-1930, 1940-early-1950s and mid-1950s-present. Works by Kim Whan-ki, Yoo Young-kuk, Lee Kyu-sang, Paek Young-soo, and Lee Joong-seop are among those on display. Korean artist Yoo Eun-joo will give a special performance of her work ``The Blinds," Sept. 19-20 (12 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Seven artists from Korea, Japan and Taiwan were chosen by KIAF to give special presentations of their works in the lecture room, Hall D, Sept. 20. Children are also given a chance to learn about art and have fun during the art fair through the ``Kids in KIAF'' program. There are five programs teaching children about space design, media art, environmental design, photography and art therapy.

Date :
18/Sep/2009 to 22/Sep/2009
Place :
Korea Republic of  
COEX, World Trade Center, 3F, HALL C & HALL D, Seoul
Ignacio Iturria in KIAF 2010
Bandi Trazos Gallery
Bandi Trazos Gallery
Ignacio iturria & Fernando Botero ( Bandi Trazos Gallery)
Ignacio iturria &y Fernando Botero (Bandi Trazos Gallery)
Ignacio Iturria in KIAF 2010

Ignacio Iturria in KIAF 2010

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