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ASIA NOW 2018 will Highlight the Richness and Dynamism of the Japanese Art Scene

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ASIA NOW 2018 will Highlight the Richness and Dynamism of the Japanese Art Scene

ASIA NOW, Europe’s first “boutique” art fair dedicated exclusively to contemporary Asian art, returns to 9, avenue Hoche in Paris from October 17 to 21. Drawing on the success of its three previous editions, ASIA NOW affirms its commitment to presenting the richness and effervescence of artistic scenes across Asia, from China to Japan, through rigorous and pertinent projects representing over 10 countries.

For this fourth edition, ASIA NOW will welcome the artistic proposals of some forty galleries, recognized as being the most influential in the promulgation and the support of contemporary Asian artists on an international scale. ASIA NOW continues to emphasize the quality of its artists while at the same time presenting new perspectives and challenges facing contemporary Asian art and its market: the value of its artists, its potential for development, and its rising stars.

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The 2018 fair features a series of new developments: an exhibition space dedicated to Japan and designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, leading-edge special projects and performances, the launch of a video programme. While the 2017 edition explored South Korea’s creative territories, ASIA NOW 2018 will highlight the richness and dynamism of the Japanese art scene. The fair will host the Japanese Platform curated by Emmanuelle de Montgazon, associate curator of A Japanese Season at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2017-2018. The Japanese programme will be organised as part of Japonismes 2018, a series of cultural events celebrating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations. ASIA NOW expands this year with a new 150-metre square exhibition space dedicated to the Japanese Platform. The notorious Sou Fujimoto Architects will conceive the scenography. It will welcome ten renowned galleries, including established galleries such as Misa Shin Gallery (Tokyo) and young, emerging galleries.

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Throughout the week, ASIA NOW will be a place of exchange, of discovery, and of exclusive presentations thanks to a programme that will introduce, for the first time in France, major figures of the Japanese scene, including both established and up-and-coming artists. Among the in situ projects created specifically for ASIA NOW will be a spectacular installation by Makoto Aida, a provocative artist whose works blend manga, painting, video, photography, and installations and question the norms of contemporary Japanese society. Another highlight of the fair, the performance programme will include the collective Contact Gonzo with a viral performance that combines contact dance and street-fighting, shown for the first time in France.

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For the third consecutive year, ASIA NOW will renew its collaboration with Christie’s in the organization of a Design Project, which will be dedicated to Japanese creation this year. The Conversation Platform is a unique place for exchanges, dialogue and teachings around contemporary Asian art in Paris and a yearly meeting place for key opinion leaders in the art world. The speakers, who will appear alongside the numerous artists present, include Catherine David (Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI, Rome), Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), and Akiko Miki (International Artistic Director, Benesse Art Site, Naoshima). This Conversation series is complemented this year by an enhanced video programme, presenting video art and documentaries, both by and about artists. It will include the short documentary “Wind and Water” starring Chinese contemporary artist Zheng Guogu, directed by Felicitas Yang and produced by Martina Koeppel-Yang, as well as “A New Energy in Chinese Art: Zhao Zhao (Stockholm & Beijing)” on contemporary artist Zhao Zhao, directed by Fabien Pacory.

 

For more information on this year’s edition of ASIA NOW, click here.


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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