The fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, which featured 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories, has ended on a high note. This year’s show included memorable moments such as:
The five show days were attended by private collectors as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons from nearly 80 leading international museums and institutions across 20 countries, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Long Museum, Shanghai; MoMA PS1, New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery Singapore, Singapore; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; New Museum, New York; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Serpentine Galleries, London; Tate, London and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
With numerous gallery openings and an expanded program of parallel events, the Art Basel week continued to spotlight Hong Kong's vibrant arts and cultural scene.
(from “Art Basel Hong Kong” VIP Program newsletter 4th April 2017)
The fifth edition of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong will commence on March 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai.
Bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe, Art Basel HK will present a total of 242 leading galleries from Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.
The fair comprises a number sectors: “Galleries”, the fair’s core sector showcases 20th and 21st century works, and also includes the “Insights” sector, the latter highlighting the curatorial projects, and the “Discoveries” sector featuring solo and 2-person projects.
The “Encounters” sector is dedicated to large-scale sculptural installations and performances which punctuate the fair and is invariably a ‘feature’ of the fair, always attracting much attention and appreciation.
The “Kabinett” sector, previously only on show at Art Basel Miami Beach, will make its debut at this year’s ABHK, and features curated projects within selected gallery booths.
Complemented with a program of film, conversations and salons, (and a few parties!), Art Basel Hong Kong offers a stimulating week of all things art.
Beyond the fair, Hong Kong’s thriving arts scene is also on show throughout the week, with exhibitions, events and site-specific installations taking place across the city and beyond.
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The third edition of Art Central, taking place at the Central Harbourfront Hong Kong commences with its “First Night”on Monday 20th March 2017.
Timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central will be staged in a 10,000 sqm architect designed structure and feature approximately 100 leading international galleries, 75% of which will hail from across the Asia Pacific. The Fair will present 'Rise', a curated section of emerging galleries under six years old showcasing either single or dual artist presentations by early career artists. Art Central's dedicated moving image sector, sponsored by Mumm Champagne, Media x Mumm, will showcase experimental and narrative motion video by a series of international artists. Working in partnership with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Art Central will also host a comprehensive programme of talks and panel discussions.
New in 2017, Art Central will include a dedicated series of performance in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Scheduled to take place throughout the week of the Fair the programme will feature artists from across the greater Asia region.
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Art Central returns to the iconic Central Harbourfront , showcasing a range of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries from across Asia and the globe. This year the fair will welcome 100 hand-selected galleries from 20 countries, 70% hailing from 23 cities across greater Asia as well as 30 new names never before seen in Hong Kong.
Housed within the city’s largest ever, architect-designed temporary structure, the fair will produce a dynamic program that includes interactive installations, cutting-edge new-media, engaging panel discussions, as well play host to some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries.
The Fair's Director, Maree di Pasquale has said:
The 2016 edition will raise the bar once again, with an exciting line up of galleries and an ambitious program that champion both discovery and experimentation. Art Central will present a strong selection of museum quality works alongside some of the most exciting emerging artists from around the world. With an increasing representation from the region, we’re working to cement Hong Kong as the cultural center of the Asian contemporary art scene.”
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Shanghai’s fledgling contemporary art fair, Art021, returns for its third edition by taking over the imposing, Art Deco-era Shanghai Exhibition Center next week from November 19-22.
From modest beginnings and a relatively small roster of 29 galleries in 2013, Art021 grew to 54 galleries in 2014, and boasts some 75 exhibitors this year, having attracted a number of heavyweight, first-time participants like global giant Gagosian Gallery, Galerie Chantal Crousel from Paris, Galerie Krinzinger from Vienna, and ShugoArts from Tokyo.
Named for Shanghai’s postal code — but also perhaps because it bills itself as a fair for “21st century contemporary art” — Art021 was founded in 2013 by publicist Bao Yifeng and former Aether Space gallery director Kelly Ying, whose husband David Chau is a high-profile Shanghai-based collector and backer of Leo Xu’s Shanghai gallery, and Simon Wang’s Antenna Space.
In response to keen competition from more established contemporary art fairs in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei, Art021 has decided to partner a number of Shanghai’s other art events, such as Art in the City, a citywide extravaganza of exhibitions, talks, and events held this September during the city’s first ever Art Week — a packed season that also showcased two other fairs, Photo Shanghai and Westbund Art and Design.
If these credentials and background suggest that Shanghai’s frothy art scene is the work of an insider clique of well-connected individuals, they also seem to be responsible for the unnerving speed with which it has found its own two feet.
Donna Chai, Art021’s operations director and former manager of SH Contemporary (the fair launched in 2007 by Art Stage Singapore’s Lorenzo Rudolf to great promise, before fizzling out this year due to various conflicts of interest) says that the recent spate of activity is a collective project where all parties have an interest in making it work. “We had all these resources and networks in place that promised to bring projects and people together, so we decided to cooperate and try to accelerate the process as much as we can.”
*Darryl Wee is head of visual arts for Asia at BLOUIN ARTINFO
As the prominent lifestyle magazine in Indonesia, Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia will be presenting its annual celebration of art, Bazaar Art Jakarta 2015. Initially held in 2009, this year's seventh installment of Bazaar Art Jakarta will be presenting artworks from such galleries as AP Contemporary (Hong Kong), ARNDT Gallery (Berlin), Edouard Malingue (Hong Kong), Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Pearl Lam Galleries (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore) and Rossi & Rossi (UK) . Located in the heart of the biggest city in Indonesia, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom in Pacific Place has been chosen as the venue to allow artists, art works, galleries, and visitors to interact.
Bazaar Art Jakarta has invited Enin Supriyanto, one of Indonesia’s most renowned art curators, to design and organize special events for Bazaar Art Jakarta 2015, including a series of lectures and discussions led by a number of experts and curators.
August 27 - 30, 2015
The Ritz Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place
VVIP Preview: 27 August, 3–6pm
Vernissage: 27 August, 7–10pm
Fair Dates: 28–30 August, 10am–10pm