WESTERN fair organisers have long tried to exploit the emerging Asian, particularly Chinese market, generally with little success.
But an international fair which is going from strength to strength is Fine Art Asia, which has already attracted more than 110 exhibitors for its seventh edition from October 4 to 7 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The essence of this success is that organiser Andy Hei is Hong Kong born and bred. An impressive young man Mr Hei is a second generation Hong Kong dealer whose fairs prove just how well he understands not just the Asian but also the Western markets.
The majority of exhibitors are Asian but among the big European names he has attracted are, from London Michael Goedhuis, Rossi & Rossi, Robert Hall and Littleton and Hennessy; from Paris Christian Didier; from Portugal Luis Alegria and from Holland Vanderven and Vanderven, who will take to Hong Kong the Qing Dynasty hunting scene dish we illustrate.
Most exhibitors will show Asian art but Mr Hei is the first organiser to successfully introduce Western works to a Chinese audience and silver dealers Koopman and rare books specialist Bernard Shapero, both TEFAF regulars, take stands.
This must be Asia’s premier international fair.
Fine Art Asia 2011—YouTube video