Although the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR (TABF) has made the decision to cancel the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR originally scheduled for Fall 2020 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, we have opted instead to hold a virtual alternative, entitled the VIRTUAL ART BOOK FAIR (VABF) which will take place from November 16 (Mon) until November 23 (Mon/holiday), 2020.

Each year since its founding in 2009, the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR has brought publishers, galleries, and artists to Tokyo from around the world to create a platform of innovative expression for all things printed. Our role now is to utilize our experiences and connections to create a space where people can discover new art books and meet like-minded people in this new realm of the virtual.

At the VIRTUAL ART BOOK FAIR, we will connect with visitors digitally: offering exhibitor booths, lectures, talk shows, signing events, and more features that capture the allure of all types of printed media. We will also be returning with the Guest Country series, directing our focus this year on the Netherlands. As part of the program, we plan on unraveling Dutch publishing culture through various exhibits – one among them centering around the talented recipients of the country’s 2019 Best Dutch Book Design Award. Another is the Dutch Artists’ Books: Then and Now exhibit, revolving around interviews with frontrunning designers and artists such as Irma Boom, Karel Martens, Ruth van Beek, and more: featuring printed media by the above artists/designers as well as the books that inspired them.

While we intend on keeping the elements that have defined the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR as a physical event in years past, we also consider this to be an era of experimentation. We promise not to lose sight of our DIY spirit or our sense of humor as we test out new possibilities, and we are preparing a variety of exciting events, exhibitions, and features to give you a multi-layered, multi-faceted experience of the art books. We will be updating the VIRTUAL ART BOOK FAIR website with details on the experimentation process as well as the event overall, so please stay tuned.


Dates: November 16th (Mon) -23rd (Mon/holiday)
Organizer: TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Sponsor: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., inuuniq Co., Ltd., Riso Kagaku Corporation
Grants: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, DutchCulture
Support: Creative Industries Fund NL, Dutch Foundation For Literature, Mondriaan Fund

Exhibitors' submission closed. Thank you for everyone who applied for VIRTUAL ART BOOK FAIR!

What is an Art Book Fair ?

It is an event where participants (organizations, companies, individuals and groups) who work in the field of art set up a booth to present their own publications; where they can communicate and trade with the visitors directly. The participants vary from individual artists and designers to art publishers, galleries and bookshops. It is a rare and ideal opportunity for visitors to find thousands of rich and varied artistic expressions in book form, which are often more affordable and larger in edition than other forms of art.