With half of the participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific, Art Basel in Hong Kong takes on a significant role in the international art world, providing a portal to the region's artists. What’s more, the eclectic expo gives galleries from around the world a platform in Asia so they can demonstrate the way they work with artists and bring their highest quality work to the city.
Visitors take in the show at Art Basel Hong Kong. — Photo courtesy of Art Basel Hong Kong
The second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong will take place May 15-18, 2014. Art Basel branched out into Hong Kong for a variety of reasons. Known as a gateway between the East and West, Hong Kong ranks among the world's most dynamic international capitals. A 21st-century metropolis, it is a port city with an impressive skyline rising above the bustling Victoria Harbour.
In addition to the many museums, concert halls and performance spaces, a vibrant melting pot of cultures makes Hong Kong a place of endless exploration. So it’s an ideal spot for an international art expo.
From emerging talents to the Modern masters of both Asia and the West, Art Basel in Hong Kong traces 12 decades of art history across its six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film.
On display will be the highest quality of paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and other works from the 20th and 21st centuries, created by more than 2,000 artists from Asia and around the globe.
The show will also offer extensive opportunities for intellectual discovery through discussions and presentations, creating a platform of cross-cultural exchanges for artists, gallerists, collectors and visitors.
The show's six exhibition sectors are designed to present an exceptional selection of works, including museum-quality pieces by proven masters and new artworks by emerging artists. Additional exhibitions and events, timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, will take place across the city’s thriving gallery scene and in its growing array of cultural institutions.
And Art Basel’s Encounters sector is precisely curated, featuring large-scale works and installations selected by Yuko Hasegawa, an internationally renowned specialist in such pieces.
For art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art lovers, Art Basel in Hong Kong promises to be a dynamic cross-cultural exchange – an immersive and intense experience that only this show and this city can offer.
What’s more, Art Basel's stimulating program of talks and panel discussions allows audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international art world and the art market. Galleries from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa make up the impressive list of participants at this show.