The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe with more than 167,000 confirmed cases and over 6,400 fatalities. Several art events in Hong Kong including Art Basel, Art Central and spring auctions are either cancelled or rescheduled. International Antiques Fair (IAF) has just announced that the 2020 edition will be postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This year’s IAF will be postponed (A photo from the 2019 IAF)
In regard to the arrangement, Ronald Chak, CEO of Chak’s Investment Limited, the organiser of International Antiques Fair, said in the official statement:
“International Antiques Fair (IAF) has been closely monitoring the situation of the Covid-19 virus and the resulting travel restrictions. After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the 13th edition of IAF originally scheduled in May until further notice.
We are deeply grateful for the patience and support of our exhibitors, partners and friends all over the world. We will share updates immediately when we have further details. We look forward to welcoming you all to the IAF this year.”
Ronald Chak (left), CEO of Chak’s Investment Limited, donated money to a charity at the 2019 IAF
International Antiques Fair is a highly anticipated major art event in Asia that gathers antique dealers, collectors and art enthusiasts together. It welcomes more than 70 exhibitors from around the world to showcase over 10,000 pieces of collectables from various categories including porcelain, ceramics, works of art, furniture, paintings, sculptures, watches and jewellery. It offers a lineup of exciting programmes including special exhibitions, antique appraisals, lectures and guided tours.
Soshin Kimura, Grand Tea Master of Hoshinkai, held a tea ceremony at the 2019 IAF
IAF gathers collectors and art lovers from around the world