ART FAIR TOKYO is the largest art fair in Japan and the oldest in Asia, featuring a wide range of art from antiques and crafts to nihonga painting, modern art and contemporary art.
The fair continues to evolve and expand as a platform for the art market, connecting past and present, Asia and the West, and presenting historically inspired artistic contexts.
ART FAIR TOKYO’s history goes back to Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair (NICAF), which started in 1992 at Pacifico Yokohama as the first major contemporary art fair in Asia. NICAF struggled in Japan’s then inhospitable economic climate and was held for the eighth and final time in 2003.
In 2005, the event relaunched as ART FAIR TOKYO. At its annual venue of Tokyo International Forum, the fair includes exhibits presented by a uniquely wide range of galleries and dealers, encompassing everything from antiques to contemporary art.
In 2015, Art Tokyo Association was established to organize the fair. Since 2019, the fair has also featured international contemporary art exhibitions with globally emerging artists and various partner events including tie-ups with art colleges all over Japan. Marking its fifteenth edition in 2020, it contributes to the development of the art scene in Japan across an extensive range of fields as an art market platform with a focus on galleries.
|Corporate Name||Art Tokyo Association|
|Established||May 1st, 2015|
|Corporate Headquarters||Iikuradai Bldg. 4F, 1-9-12 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041 Japan|
|Main Business||Planning and operation of Art events, Art education programs, workshops and symposiums. Supporting artists and galleries.|