ART & ANTIQUE INTERNATIONAL FAIR LTD
Art and Antique International Fair Limited (AAIF) is the pioneer of art fairs in Hong Kong. Founded by Hong Kong art experts and aficionados, in 2006 it staged the first international art fair in Hong Kong in more than a decade. Since then, the annual Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair has provided a vibrant new platform for the art world in Asia and worldwide. It has become recognised as Asia¡¦s premier annual art fair presenting a unique combination of art and antiques. In 2010 the fair was renamed Fine Art Asia 2010. It was also acknowledged as Hong Kong¡¦s first non-corporate global brand, featuring internationally renowned fine art and jewellery exhibitors as well as attracting the world¡¦s foremost collectors.
A territory that values its own culture and heritage, Hong Kong is the natural and historical centre of the art market in Asia. It is also the gateway to China, which has emerged as one of the world¡¦s largest and strongest markets for art and antiques. Hong Kong¡¦s geographically central location also makes it easily accessible to the many collectors and dealers from Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
Hong Kong has the great advantage of being a free port, making it easy to import and export artworks without restrictions. There is no sales tax on art in Hong Kong. Thanks to its ideal infrastructure, over the past decade Hong Kong has risen to become one of the three most important art auction centres in the world, along with New York and London.
AAIF has so far organised eight art fairs in Hong Kong.* Featuring leading local and international galleries, they have provided an opportunity to show artworks of the highest quality to collectors, connoisseurs, dealers, art enthusiasts and the general public. AAIF aims both to showcase high quality Asian art to a worldwide audience, and to act as a bridge for international galleries who wish to introduce their artists and artworks to Asia.
The fairs have all been scheduled to coincide with the bi-annual series of Asian art auctions in Hong Kong organised by the world¡¦s leading auction houses, Christie¡¦s and Sotheby¡¦s. Experience has shown that this timing is most advantageous in attracting international dealers, collectors and art lovers to the fair.
AAIF works closely with the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Art School, helping to nurture the future generation of art practitioners and professionals in Hong Kong.
With local expertise and long-term confidence in Hong Kong as the centre of the art market in Asia, AAIF is committed to making its fair a key annual art event in Hong Kong¡¦s cultural calendar.
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