At the outset of the 21st century, as the number of art fairs held across the world grew, there was a palpable desire among a great number of art fans, collectors, and art professionals that a full-fledged art fair be held in Japan. In the summer of 2005 that desire became a reality, when a large number of galleries covering diverse genres came together at the Tokyo International Forum in the central Marunouchi district to hold ART FAIR TOKYO.
ART FAIR TOKYO is now known as the most significant art fair in Japan. In 2010, it featured a total of 138 domestic and international galleries and welcomed a record number of visitors, over 50,000, from all over the world.
By covering a wide variety of genres, from contemporary art, modern art, nihonga and ukiyoe to antiques, ART FAIR TOKYO has forged a unique style specifically suited to the Japanese art market. For this reason, ART FAIR TOKYO has gained a loyal following among serious collectors of high-quality art and has also succeeded in steadily growing its patronage. With the motto that "art is something to buy, not just something to look at," the fair is gradually succeeding in fostering the development of new generations of collectors. Since 2007, the event has been held each year in April.
|ART FAIR TOKYO 2010
Photo by Munetoshi Iwashita
Courtesy of ART FAIR TOKYO