Next year’s edition of the major fair will be held two months later than originally planned.
Travel restrictions and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have left Art Basel little choice but to push back its upcoming Hong Kong fair from March to May. Organizers announced that the annual event will now be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from May 21–23, 2021, with preview days on May 19–20.
This will be Art Basel’s first major in-person show after it was forced to cancel all three of its 2020 global fairs—in Hong Kong, Basel, and Miami Beach—and replace them with online viewing rooms. In a statement, the Swiss fair conglomerate said it had consulted with gallerists, collectors, partners, and external experts before shifting the dates for Hong Kong, “with the goal of ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from Art Basel’s global network, while protecting the health and safety of everyone concerned.”
Art Basel’s Asia director Adeline Ooi added, “We believe shifting the fair to May is the right decision given the current development of the pandemic and its impact on international travel restrictions. By taking the decision early, our aim is to support our galleries in advance planning for their 2021 programs.”
Further details, including the names of galleries participating in the event, will be announced early next year. In the immediate future, Ooi and her team are focused on showcasing 22 Hong Kong–based galleries at Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel, which will make up part of the Fine Art Asia fair at the HKCEC from November 27–30, 2020.
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