Art Basel Hong Kong is back and will be bringing the art world together again
as galleries, artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from Asia and all over the world flock to this most prestigious
of international art events.
Art Basel Hong Kong has replaced ART HK, Hong Kong's Annual Art Fair held in the territory since 2008. Back then,
a relative newcomer to the international art calendar, the event quickly carved its niche amongst
art enthusiasts, exhibitors, collectors, curators and galleries worldwide.
In less than 6 years, the Hong Kong International Art Fair firmly established itself as the premier art event in Asia,
this is where you got to see the latest developments in art
from across Asia as well as the best from the West.
And in 2013, for the first time, ART HK was replaced by the first Hong Kong edition of Art Basel, elevating this already
high profile Asian event to the ranks of the most prestigious platforms in the art world.
ART HK had been held in collaboration with Art Basel since its inception in 2008, thus Art Basel Hong Kong already
counted with some of the most influential and leading galleries
from the Asia Pacific area and the world upon its inception.
Another draw was the fact that after New York and London, Hong Kong is the third largest
art market by auction turnover worldwide.
For collectors, likewise, Art Basel Hong Kong is equally 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.
Some 250 galleries are expected to participate in seven 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
In addition there is "Conversations", a series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the artworld.
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,
so even after the doors close at the Conrad Hotel in Central where it is held, the Show continues online, with new works being added every day.
And coming back this year on its third edition, Art Central, is a new exciting
art fair in Hong Kong's waterfront spawned by art fair veterans Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus,
who founded the original Art HK who later became Art Basel. This new exhibition is housed in
a purpose-built tent right on the city's new Central Harbourfront, a 10-minute walk from Art Basel.