WOPART is an annual art fair dedicated to Works on Paper, spanning all periods of art from Old Masters to contemporary art. Deriving its name from the acronym of “Works on Paper,” WopArt was founded in 2016 under the patronage of the City of Lugano.
After the resounding success of its ‘online’ edition in 2020, WopArt returns from November 19 to 21, 2021 with an exhibition titled “Extra Time” (ahead of its 6th Edition next September 2022) in an “in-person” format that welcomes collectors and art lovers. Two pavilions of the Exhibition Center in Lugano will host major exhibitions with special spaces dedicated to meetings and debates on the themes of art, the art market and the dissemination of culture, in collaboration with Art Foundations and participating Galleries. Robert Phillips, the new artistic director of WopArt, has chosen “FLUIDITY” as the theme of the “Extra Time” Exhibition, which includes a show of “Watercolours by Hermann Hesse” and works from the BNP Paribas Collection.
Since 2016, WOPART has attracted some of the world’s most preeminent art galleries, and ranks as one of the most acclaimed art fairs on the international calendar. It is considered today the premier venue for top-quality works on paper that are fresh to market, with prestigious provenances and impeccable attributions.
While historically the segment had appealed to collectors of Old Masters works, the fair’s deliberate orientation towards contemporary works of art has opened a new horizon accessible by a wider public.
2019 EDITION IN FIGURES
2020 VIRTUAL EDITION
In 2020, due to the global health crisis, the 5th edition of WOPART was re-oriented as a virtual “online-only” event from 26 November 2020 to 10 January 2021. Forty five galleries participated in that edition. A Virtual Room was dedicated to a show of Michele Ciacciofera and another, to the collection of the fair’s main sponsors, BNP Paribas, Eberhard Watches and Swiss Logistic Centre.
The 5th edition of WOPART in 2020, proposed as a virtual event for the first time due to health restrictions, was nevertheless a resounding success. From November 26, 2020 to January 10, 2021, the online exhibition counted 40 international exhibitors. Over 400 works were presented to the delight of collectors registered on the platform from 11 countries including China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, England, Italy, Russia, Spain, United States, and Switzerland.