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Must-See Art Fairs and Festivals in 2023

Introducing some of the most prominent art fairs across the globe in 2023

We all wish we could be in multiple places at once, and the more you travel and learn, the more you want to see it all. If you’re an art aficionado, you know exactly what we are talking about. The good news is that there are virtual ways to explore all things art, from art history to the hottest news in the art world, to the ins and outs of the art community, which is just beginning to open up to the world by joining forces with another powerhouse: the NFT scene. In a way, the Internet is a one-stop shop in its own right. And yes, there are so many virtual exhibitions to attend. 

But it’s even better if you can also get a taste of art in the real world every now and then. Each opportunity to see art in person can be a deeply immersive experience. Attending an art exhibition can be engaging, whether you are a lone wolf or have like-minded company. But art exhibitions, fairs and related events are not just about stepping out of the mundane. From the practical side of things, you get to learn more about emerging practices and trends in the art world, and, depending on your goals and ambitions, maybe also add a new item to your collection. As an added perk, you may get a chance to mingle and network, and perhaps even run into impactful artists. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the must-see international art art fairs and festivals in 2023. That gives you plenty of time to do your research and plan your next vacation or weekend getaways. And you may even be lucky enough for some of these exhibition to hosted in your neck of the woods. Our list is centered around international exhibitions with a diverse offering, not limited to just one region, artist or media.

London Art Fair

18- 22 January, 2023

If edgy modern and contemporary artwork is your passion, then London Art Fair is the place for you. You’ll get a chance to purchase artwork, from affordable prints to museum-quality paintings, created by artists from Britain and abroad. 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2023

Scotland’s capital city is home to Edinburgh Festival Fringe which took place across 299 venues. The festival has been around since 1947, and it has grown into one of the largest art festivals in the entire world. Each edition seems to be larger than the previous one, and the festival is more likely to continue this impressive tradition.

ART Basel

Art Basel Hong Kong: March 23-25, 2023

Art Basel: June 15-18, 2023

Dates for the 2023 editions of Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel Paris: pending.

The best thing about Art Basel, aside from the fact that it is a meeting place for artists, art collectors and the Who’s Who of the art scene and international art community, is that is has multiple host cities with main and parallel exhibitions, as well as events held in partner cities, which means you have a better chance to visit at least one closest to you. There is the original one, Basel, Switzerland, and those that followed: Miami Beach, Hong Kong and Paris. The one in Paris was launched in 2022. The number of partner cities is constantly growing. It is also likely that more host cities will be added to the list in the years to come. In the year 2023, Art Basel in any shape and form is definitely a place to go if you want to experience an ecclectic mix of artwork from the 20th and 21st century in a diverse range of art forms.

World Art Dubai

March 9-12, 2023

The next World Art Dubai will be centered around digital art & NFTs. WAD has been dubbed the region’s largest contemporary retail art fair. It offers visitors a chance to experience artwork, live art performances, workshops and talks. In the past, the event featured artwork from over 300 artists and galleries from across the world and as many as 50 countries. In 2022, a whopping 10,000 enthusiasts had the pleasure of visiting the art fair and the number is expected to grow even higher in 2023, so you better plan ahead.

Osaka Kansai International Art Festival

Art Festival: Jan 28–Feb 13, 2023

Art Fair: Feb 10–12, 2023

Ready to get your art fix in Japan? It’s hard to pick just one go-to exhibition, but Osaka Kansai International Art Festival 2023 is likely to live up to all your expectations. The 2023 edition will feature Japanese and foreign artists, and it will inspire attendees to explore the relationships between society and art. Visitors will get a chance to visit exhibitions at several venues in Osaka Included in the festival is an art fair and conferences.

Tokyo International Art Fair 

June 23-24, 2023

Another major art fair not to miss if you’re in Japan next June is the 7th edition of Tokyo International Art Fair will showcase contemporary artwork, including paintings, photography, illustrations, sculptures, works of applied art and more, by 100 participants from over 40 countries. An especially exciting feature of the art fair is its interactive setting which will give attendees the opportunity to mingle with international artist.

Palm Beach International Fine Art Fair

25 Jan – 30 Jan, 2023

Palm Beach International Fine Art Fair, formerly known as Art Pam Beach, presents works of 20th and 21st century artists from galleries across the world. The art fair readily embraces emerging art trends and features installations, videos and live performances.

Frieze Brand Art Fairs

Frieze Seoul: 2–5 September 2022, 2023 dates to be announced

Frieze London and Frieze Masters: 12–16 October, 2022, 2023 dates to be announced

Frieze Los Angeles: February 16-19, 2023

Frieze New York: 2023 dates to be announced soon

Frieze is a prominent publication and a comprehensive resource for contemporary art and culture. Its four international art fairs are some of the largest contemporary art meetings in the world. They give spectators a chance to see rich selections of contemporary artwork from over 180 international galleries and hundreds of contemporary artists. Visitors may also purchase items, and one of the defining features of Frieze is that it focuses on the direct representation of the participating artists.