Art Basel Hong Kong will be bringing the art world together once again
as galleries, artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from Asia and all over the world flock to this most prestigious
of international art events.
Recognised as the premier art event in Asia, this is where you get to see the latest developments in contemporary art
from across Asia as well as the best from the West.
Bringing every year a fresh mix of galleries from six continents featuring artwork by established as well as new-comer artists from across the globe, Art Basel has quickly carved its niche amongst art enthusiasts, exhibitors, collectors, curators and galleries worldwide.
Art Basel capitalizes on the buouyant Asian art market in which China is the third largest art market after the United States and the United Kingdom. Together, they represent 84% of the market by value.
For collectors, Art Basel Hong Kong is appealing not only for the chance to see a wide range of works in many genres
including paintings, photography, film and video, sculptures, and more, and the fact that they come
from a large and diverse cultural and geographical sphere, but also because in Hong Kong there is no tax on the import and export of art and there is no sales tax or VAT.
Some 250 galleries are expected to participate in several show sectors:
Galleries: this is the main section, galleries bring their top works
Discoveries: representing emerging artists and galleries fom al over the world
Insights: brings the works of galleries and their artists from the broader Asian market
Encounters: large scale sculpture and installation works throughout the exhibition halls
Kabinett: specially curated spaces in a variety of themes
Magazines: magazines from Art publications from around the world will be displayed
Film: a 3-day program by and about artists
Conversations: talks, panels, and discussions with artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, critics...
Art Basel's presence in Hong Kong will likely generate many other concurrent exhibitions and events as in the past:
A highlight of the event has been ASIA ONE, where a number of galleries from across Asia exhibit a
solo presentation by an artist of Asian origin, a fantastic platform to showcase and appreciate the Asian art scene.
Another focal point worth following has been ART FUTURES, a section boasting exciting young galleries and the works of
budding artists from around the world, with a winner selected by a panel of judges.
Then we have the Asia Contemporary Art Show, the largest in Asia in terms
of the number of artworks offered for sale. If you are seriously thinking about acquiring a piece, this one is worth checking out with
over 3,000 stunning works of art from Asia and beyond. All the works can be viewed, and bought, online at www.asiacontemporaryart.com.
Art Central, is a fairly new exciting art fair spawned by art fair veterans Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus,
who founded the original Art HK who later became Art Basel. This exhibition launched originally in Hong Kong's Central waterfront housed in
a purpose-built tent but has moved to the Convention Centre.