After facing a two-month delay, one of Asia’s biggest annual art fairs has now returned for its ninth edition.
Hong Kong–based art aficionados will want to head over to the Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend to see one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar. Running until May 23, the latest edition of Art Basel Hong Kong — Art Basel’s first major in-person show since 2019 — is being presented in a hybrid format, with a unique lineup of 104 exhibitors from 23 countries and territories. Special booths for those unable to attend in person have also been set up.
The main sector of the show encompasses 86 of the world’s leading galleries, with an eye-popping array of works in mediums ranging from painting and sculpture to installations, photography, and video. A must-see is the retrospective on the first generation of Korean experimental artists, including Kim Kulim, Byungso Choi, and Soun-Gui Kim, put together by Arario Gallery. Mexico City’s Proyectos Monclova, which is participating in the Hong Kong show for the very first time, will be presenting a selection of works by Gabriel de la Mora — known for mixed-media drawings that make use of organic materials such as human hair, eggshells, and feathers — from his ongoing series “Neornithes”. Also noteworthy is the selection of young artists including Trevor Shimizu, shown at New York gallery 47 Canal, and Hong Kong’s own Firenze Lai, whose paintings can be seen at Vitamin Creative Space.
A staple of the fair is the Insights sector, where 10 galleries take viewers through the modern art history of Asia Pacific by honing in on important artists from across the region. Highlights include a series of new works by Korean photographer Heeseung Chung at Gallery Baton, Lin Yan’s reinterpretations of ink on Chinese rice paper presented by Leo Gallery, plus Nukaga Gallery’s showcase of Japanese artists Saori Akutagawa and Yuki Katsura, whose pieces embody the creative transformation of women in post-war Japan. Don’t miss the joint exhibition held by Asia Art Center on Taiwanese sculptor Lee Tsai-chien and Indonesian painter Fadjar Sidik, illustrating the evolution of geometric abstraction in their respective regions. Meanwhile, those keen to scout out Asia’s up-and-coming talent should not miss Discoveries, where a series of solo shows put the spotlight on emerging artists.
New this year is the launch of a digital program, Art Basel Live: Hong Kong, which runs in parallel with the in-person event. Aimed at connecting the show with a global audience unable to travel at this time, Art Basel Live promises online viewing room presentations, as well as a program of live broadcasts, virtual walkthroughs, and other special events. The physical fair will be opening its doors to the public this weekend; tickets are being sold via HK Ticketing.
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