Art Basel in Asia, Hong Kong

From 24 to 26 March, in venues across central Hong Kong, Art Basel in Asia is once again showcasing art from the Asia-Pacific region. Galleries from around the world are also being offered a platform to bring their highest-quality work to Asia. Following its breakthrough 2015 edition, which placed the Hong Kong show at the centre of Asia’s international art scene, Art Basel’s upcoming exhibition will provide an in-depth look at the region’s diversity, through both historical material and recent works by leading and emerging artists.

Collaborations with local and international partners ensure a diverse range of arts programming, with 3,000 artists from around the world represented and hundreds of cultural events hosted across the city throughout the week. Divided into six sectors, Art Basel presents Galleries, filled with leading artists’ work; Insights, featuring projects from the artists themselves; Discoveries, displaying new creative talent through its non-profit Crowdfunding Lab; Encounters, a platform for less traditional art; Films, with works both by and about artists; and Magazine Displays, which showcases a selection of leading international art publications.

Alongside these main exhibitions, Art Basel is offering a programme of Conversations and Salon talks. Designed to allow audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international art world, and the art market, Salon is an open platform for short, often informal talks, panels and performances with a range of speakers representing different aspects of the international art scene. Art Basel also hosts a Special Event from internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima, presenting his new work Time Waterfall. The large light installation will take place every night from the 21-26 March, across the entire façade of Hong Kong’s iconic 490-meter-high International Commerce Centre on the Kowloon harbour front.     

Curators for the event include Li Zhenhua for the Films sector, and Alexie Glass-Kantor, for the Encounters sector. Since 1996, Zhenhua has been an active multi-media artist, curator and producer for international and Chinese contemporary culture. He is the founder and director of Beijing Art Lab, a virtual and physical platform for art, research, and exchange. Glass-Kantor is the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, which supports the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives and research residencies for artists and curators.

Art Basel in Asia, 24-26 March, Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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1. Tatsuo Miyajima, Counter Void, 2003. Courtesy Scai The Bathhouse.