Asia’s art fair pioneer and an established platform in contemporary art, China International Gallery Exposition, will hold its annual art fair from April 22 to 25 (preview on April 21) in the China International Trade Center Exhibition Hall. On this occasion, top international galleries will gather to present a provoking panorama of the post-financial crisis era of contemporary art. Featuring over 5000 artworks representing myriad styles of artistic expression, CIGE 2010 promises to be an extraordinary audio-visual experience for collectors, critics and art lovers.
The financial crisis of the second half of 2008, and the profound political and economic impact it had on the social order of the globalized world, sent many waves of trepidation throughout the international art market. By 2009 the global art market started to gradually show signs of recovery. As art galleries, art exhibitions and auctions reestablished themselves, the fresh momentum drew in many new artistic visions and eager collectors into the contemporary art world.
In 2010 the Chinese economy emerged out of the financial turmoil that continues to plague the world. Domestic economic trends have resumed growth, the export/import trade margin has stabilized, and full confidence in the economic future is widely expressed. More domestic collectors have become appreciative of Chinese contemporary art as it reestablished itself on its path of rising influence after a short period of recession. Fortunately, the recession also served as an opportunity for constructive self-reevaluation.
The CIGE 2010, featuring an unprecedentedly diverse selection of artwork and artists, will be a testament to the aesthetic spirit and critical judgment of Asia’s leading art fair. Since its first edition in 2004, CIGE has continually attuned its signature artistic vision to be representative of excellence in art. More than 5000 celebrities and members of the media attended the preceding art fair. This year CIGE will continue to feature first-rate VIP services for artists, galleries and collectors. Furthermore, CIGE will further build on its established platform for emerging artists. As a part of the CIGE commitment to the arts, CIGE is proudly launching several new programs; the airport Air America Media video project and the monthly CIGE Gallery Guide. Lastly, this past December CIGE embarked on a philanthropic cooperation with SMILE ANGEL foundation to aid children in need.