Approximately 20,000 original artworks, including traditional Chinese paintings, oils, calligraphy, sculptures, printmaking, and handicrafts will be on display when the 21st Guangzhou International Art Fair opens in Pazhou on Friday. More than 350 art organizations representing 35 countries and regions are involved in the show.
The fair, which will run from December 2 to 5, covers an area of almost 30,000 square meters, consisting of three exhibition halls, eight exhibition areas, 12 theme exhibitions and five forums.
Seen as a significant weather vane for the trend of the China art market, particularly in South China, the fair is considered the most influential local art exhibition in the country. It is the largest local exhibit and attracts the most participants. This is the 21st running of the fair and is expected to break records in both participation and influence.
The show will exhibit art presented by nearly 100 overseas art organizations from America, France, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Israel, Ukraine, and the Netherlands.
Among the highlights is Picasso’s work, the red pottery print, “Lunch on the Grass,” which will be making its first trip to Asia, together with other Picasso ceramics.
Lunch on the Grass
Also on view are themed exhibitions related to China’s “Belt and Road Initiative," “Communication between the South and the North,” and “Lingnan Local Culture."
The fair is seen as a way to inspire citizen’s passion for art and to contribute to Guangzhou’s place in the art market.
The event is hosted by the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government and will be managed by the Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication.