Central Europe’s largest contemporary art fair, Budapest’s Art Market, this year showcases 500 artists from 20 countries over more than 6,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Art vendors from central and Eastern Europe complain that local markets are too small for artists to make a living. But in recent years Eastern European contemporary art has become trendy in Western art markets and a growing number of Romanian, Hungarian and Polish artists have been able to successfully sell there.
“The art market in Romania is quite small, they are struggling to develop. So, the Romanian galleries and artists do not address necessarily the Romanian public but the worldwide public which makes the local trends very, very international and the local artists very up to date on what’s happening in contemporary art,” says gallery owner Adina Zorzini.
While bigger and better-known art fairs tend to be more constant and conservative in their choices, Budapest aims to champion versatility and new talents.
A special focus of the fair this year is the world of upcoming young artists and galleries and the art of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
“The art market in Poland is virtually nonexistent, it is very difficult to find people interested in purchasing art because only four per cent of the population is wealthy enough, so there is no way to reach out to the proper client with our offer,” says gallery owner Katarzyna Haber.
Exhibitors include galleries from Hungary, Austria, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
More than 20,000 visitors are expected during the four-day show