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The Most Anticipated Art Events of 2023
Artstyle 16 Jan 2023

The Most Anticipated Art Events of 2023

To mark the beginning of a new art-filled year, Artsper has compiled a list of the ten most anticipated art events of 2023. From once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions to international art fairs, these are the events that have the art-lovers of the world on tenterhooks. Continue reading to find out which events should be on your radar this year!

1. Art Paris

Art Paris Art Fair, art events 2023
© Art Paris

When? 30 March – 2 April

Where? Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

For its 25th anniversary, Art Paris Art Fair will unite 130 art galleries at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris. The contemporary art fair will promote young galleries with its “Solo Show” and “Promesses” sectors. In addition, guest curators Marc Donnadieu and Amanda Abi Khalil will lead two exhibitions based around the themes of commitment and exile.

2.Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

Vermeer exhibition, art events 2023
Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1658

When? 10 February – 4 June

Where? The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition this Spring, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will bring together most of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings from around the globe. The artist only left behind around 35 works, making his paintings extremely precious and therefore rarely lent out by museums. Don’t miss this chance to experience the Dutch master of light’s spectacular œuvre first-hand, in one of the most-anticipated art events of 2023!

3. International African American Museum opening (IAAM)

The International African American Museum (IAAM) opening, art events 2023
Photograph of IAAM © International African American Museum

When? 21 January

Where? The International African American Museum, Charleston

This January, The International African American Museum (IAAM) will open its doors to the public. The IAAM is dedicated to the history and lives of the millions of Africans captured and transported to America during the Transatlantic slave trade. 20 years in the making, the museum will share untold stories and explore the spread of African American culture and influence around the globe. The IAAM will host changing exhibitions as well as educational programs for all ages. Additionally, the museum’s Center for Family History will allow visitors to trace their own genealogy.

4. Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian: Forms of Life exhibition at the Tate Modern

Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian: Forms of Life exhibition
Hilma af Klint, The Ten Largest, No. 3, Youth, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

When? 20 April – 3 September

Where? Tate Modern, London

High on our not-to-miss list of art events in 2023 is Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian: Forms of Life at the Tate Modern. This exhibition will spark a dialogue between the works of Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian, two of art history’s most influential abstract artists. The two artists never met, but they both invented their own artistic languages that rooted abstraction in nature. Both artists began their artistic careers as landscape painters, eventually turning to abstraction as a way to represent the forces behind life on Earth.

5. Tokyo Gendai Art Fair

Tokyo Gendai art fair
Photograph of Tokyo © Tokyo Gendai

When? VIP preview: 6 July, Public days: 7 – 9 July

Where? Pacifico Yokohama, Tokyo

Tokyo Gendai is a new player in the international art fair scene. Featuring between 80 and 100 leading Japanese and international galleries, the fair will be a platform for artists, art-lovers and art-world figures to unite and exchange ideas. The fair will be comprised of a main Galleries sector, as well as three dedicated sections: Hana (meaning “flower”), focussed on artists in the early-to-mid stage of their career, Eda (meaning “branch”), dedicated to established artists in Asia and thematic exhibitions, and Tane (meaning “seed”), featuring digital media. Tokyo’s rich art scene promises a strong draw from visitors around the globe, strengthening its position within the international art world.

6. TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair
© TEFAF Maastricht

When? VIP Preview: 9-10 March, Public days: 11 – 19 March

Where? MECC, Maastricht

This Spring, the MECC in Maastricht will host the TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair, one of the world’s most anticipated fairs for fine art, antiques and design. The show will feature 275 dealers from 20 countries, showcasing a range of works including Old Master paintings, classical antiques and modern and contemporary artworks.

7. The Venice Biennale Architecture

Venice Biennale Architecture 2023
Photograph of the Venice Biennale © La Biennale di Venezia

When? VIP Preview: 18 – 19 May, Public days: 20 May – 26 November

Where? Giardini della Biennale, Venice

The 18th edition of the Venice Biennale Architecture will take place in 2023, curated by educator, novelist and academic Lesley Lokko. According to Lokko, who is the founder of Graduate School of Architecture in Johannesburg, the show will give architects a “unique opportunity to put forward ambitious and creative ideas that help us imagine a more equitable and optimistic future in common.”

8. Basquiat x Warhol. Painting 4 Hands exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Untitled (collaboration no.23)/Quality, 1984-1985
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Untitled (collaboration no.23)/Quality, 1984-1985 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

When? 5 April – 28 August

Where? Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

This year, be sure not to miss this significant exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol‘s collaborative work. The show will feature 100 paintings co-signed by the two artists, who became close friends and worked together in New York City, as well as their individual works and works by other important artists working in New York at the time.

9. Paris+ par Art Basel

Paris+ par Art Basel, art events 2023
© Art Basel

When? 19 – 22 October

Where? Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

Following a successful first edition, Paris+ par Art Basel is set for a strong return in fall 2023. The fair’s “Sites” sector will host various artistic projects around Paris, which in 2022 took place in four emblematic locations in the heart of the city. We cannot wait to see what the second edition of the fair has in store!

10. London Art Fair

London Art Fair, art events 2023
© London Art Fair

When? 18 – 22 January

Where? The Business Design Centre, London

The 2023 edition of London Art Fair will feature some of the most sought-after modern and contemporary artworks currently on the market, from both emerging and established artists. In addition, the fair will host live performances, immersive installations, and discussions with influential art-world figures. The 2023 edition of London Art Fair should be a key date in any art-lover’s calendar!

An exciting year ahead…

At Artsper, we can’t wait to attend the many art fairs, exhibitions and other art-related events of 2023. From exhibitions of artistic icons to exciting museum openings, this year is set to be a rich and dynamic year in the art world. We have shared with you the top 10 events on our calendar – which are on the top of your list this year?