Held in Paris annually since 2016, the Asia Now art fair presents leading contemporary Asian artists to European collectors.
Asia Now was established by Alexandra Fain and her father, the Parisian collector Claude Fain. Starting life as a single exhibition at the Palazzo Morosini in Venice during the 2015 Venice Biennale, Asia Now continues to develop as a major international art fair platform.
For its sixth edition in 2020 Asia Now has taken a two-format approach, in-person and online. Asia Now will continue with its physical edition at 9 Avenue Hoche in the Eighth Arrondissement running from 21 October to 24 October. An online platform will run in parallel, through Ocula's Viewing Rooms concluding on 7 November.
Among the highlights of the 2020 programme, Asia Now will extend its scope to the Indian art scene and will host a platform dedicated to Taipei contemporary art scene.
The physical fair will include site-specific projects such as Chinese artist Zhang Yunyao's Drawing Room, filled with brightly coloured felt paintings and paper drawings, and New Delhi-born multi-disciplinary artist Remen Chopra W. Van Der Vaart's site-specific assemblages. Physical exhibitions will also take place offsite at the Cernuschi Museum of the Asian arts of Paris, Château du Marais and National Museum of Asian Arts—Guimet.
For the Asia Now Online Platform section on Ocula, around 32 galleries will present their works; Among them, galleries appearing for the first time at Asia Now including Almine Rech, Perrotin, Templon, Nathalie Obadia, Cahiers d'Art, and Jeanne Bucher Jaeger. Further galleries will feature exclusively in the online format. Works will be shown online in high resolution, with accompanying texts.
Asia Now has proved once again to be forward-looking, bold and dynamic in its approach: online, on-site, off-site, understanding art as a contemporary process by focusing on local resources while adopting a global perspective. Bringing together top galleries, institutions, artists and their works, collectors and patrons, from around the world and aiming at building a platform of exchanges.
—Jerome Neutres, chief curator, Ullens Foundation