5 Major Art Fairs of 2018

Posted on January - 11 - 2018

As 2017 ends with excitement and a bang, the year 2018 is beginning to pick up speed and set itself for what is to come in the effervescent art world. As the result of the Trump elections, making headlines and rattling the whole world, among other global issues, themes such as climate change and feminism broiled like never before, echoing with a loud and distinguishable voice. As exhibitions and fairs such as documenta 14 and the Venice Biennale caught the attention and imagination of thousands, the inauguration of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi congregated UAE leaders, presidents, kings, and dignitaries proved that 2017 was a year that saw the confluence between global cultures.

Although last year seemed to be the ‘Superkunstjahr’ centered in Europe, 2018 still offers significant art events all over the world that will equally engage with international audiences.


Here are 5 major international fairs to follow in 2018:


New Museum Triennial

February 3 to May 27

The fourth triennial will host a selection of 30 young artists from 19 countries under the title “Songs for Sabotage” curated by duo Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Cartenfeld, which promises a political charge extravaganza.


Biennale of Sydney, Australia

March 16 to June 11

Heading down under, the city will hold the 21th editions of Australia’s biggest art event. During the three months of spring, the show will open with star Ai Weiwei in conversation with the art director Mami Kataoka and will deal with themes around the coexistence of opposing belief systems in our contemporary world. The work of over 70 will be displayed, and multiple events and workshops will accompany it.


10th Berlin Biennale, Germany

June 9 to September 9

The experimental event will be curated by Gabi Ngcobo who invited four additional collaborative curators including Moses Serubiri, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Thiago de Paula Souza and Yvette Mutumba.The title “We don’t need another hero” reflect the artist’s intention to act beyond art and confront the anxieties of the modern world.


Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy

June 19 to November 4

The European Nomadic Biennial is held in a different host city every two years since it was founded in Amsterdam in the late 1990’s. To the day the encompassing exhibition is still run by its founder Hegwig Fijen and this year it will be set in the Italian city of Palermo where it will tackle two critical contemporary themes: migration and climate change and the impact these issues have on cities. This year’s “Creative Mediator” (a.k.a. curator) is Architect and Partner at OMA, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli.


The Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil

September 7 to December 9

The second oldest biennial will be hosting its 33rd edition this year, curated by Spanish curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro under the unifying title of Affective Affinities. Since the last edition was held in the mists of political and social turmoil, the curator selected seven artists from different backgrounds to curate their work and result in separate exhibitions. The artists are Alejandro Cesarco, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Claudia Fontes, Mamma Andersson, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas and Wuru-Natasha Ogunji.


There are many more exciting fairs and exhibitions coming in 2018 so be sure to stay tuned for what’s happening next.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz