Hong Kong’s Rich & Expansive Art Culture To Attract Global Spotlight At Inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Epicenter of Asia to Welcome Over 60,000 Key Stakeholders at Premier International Art Show(May 23-26, 2013)

As the third-largest art auction center in the world, Hong Kong continues to garner international acclaim as the art mecca of Asia, prompting the world’s most influential artists, gallerists and collectors—including the renowned Art Basel—to take notice. From May 23-26the premiere edition of Art Basel Hong Kong (www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kongdescribed by some as the ‘Olympics of the Art World‘—will welcome art aficionados from around the globe to immerse in the best of Asian and Western art. Featuring 245 of the world’s most influential galleries across 35 territories – half of which are from the Asia-Pacific region alone – the debut Hong Kong edition promises to deliver a dynamic amalgamation of East meets West found only in Asia’s World City. The inaugural show will be presented in four separate show sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters, and will also feature extensive opportunities for cultural enlightenment through a robust program of events, panel discussions and presentations led by the art world’s most celebrated thought leaders.

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.  (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board. (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

As one of only three locations to host an international contemporary art fair under the esteemed Art Basel title, Hong Kong is positioned now more than ever to become the next global art powerhouse,” said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board. “With a wide array of world-class art museums, galleries and performance venues, Hong Kong boasts a cultural landscape unlike any other city.”

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Art Basel in Hong Kong is a landmark for the city,” said Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe, Co-founders of de Sarthe Gallery. “At the doorstep of the fastest rising art market in the world, this high quality international art fair is now on every art aficionado’s agenda.

Benjamin Senior, Equilibrium, 2013, 40cm by 50cm, Egg Tempera on Cotton on Aluminium. Courtesy the artist and Boltelang

Benjamin Senior, Equilibrium, 2013, 40cm by 50cm, Egg Tempera on Cotton on Aluminium. Courtesy the artist and Boltelang

Joan Miró (1893-1983), Personnages et oiseaux . Executed on 23 July 1963, signed 'Miró' (lower left); dated and titled '23/7/63 Personnages et oiseaux'(on the reverse) oil, gouache and charcoal on card, 27½ x 39¼ in. (70 x 99.9 cm.). © Successió Miró / ProLitteris, Zürich

Joan Miró (1893-1983), Personnages et oiseaux . Executed on 23 July 1963, signed ‘Miró’ (lower left); dated and titled ’23/7/63 Personnages et oiseaux'(on the reverse) oil, gouache and charcoal on card, 27½ x 39¼ in. (70 x 99.9 cm.). © Successió Miró / ProLitteris, Zürich

The newest Art Basel in Hong Kong will feature an exceptional repertoire of museum-quality paintings, drawing, sculptures, installations, photographs and more from over 2,000 established and emerging artists from Asia and beyond—guaranteeing a dynamic cross-cultural exchange under a single roof. As the world’s leading modern and contemporary art show, Art Basel brings to Hong Kong 43 years of prestigious history and unparalleled access to the international art world, providing all the more incentive for esteemed collectors, curators and art world professionals to look to Hong Kong to launch their commercial expansions.

Wang Xingwei, "Wang Huashang No. 2" 2012, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

Wang Xingwei, “Wang Huashang No. 2” 2012, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

Mike Parr, Wooden we, 2012, Etching, carborundum, relief on rice paper bonded to paper, 340 x 520 cm | 133.86 x 204.72 in. Courtesy: ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Mike Parr, Wooden we, 2012, Etching, carborundum, relief on rice paper bonded to paper, 340 x 520 cm | 133.86 x 204.72 in. Courtesy: ARNDT Berlin and the artist

The Galleries sector will present over 170 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries – displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. Insights presents projects developed specifically for the Hong Kong show. These galleries must be based in Asia or the Asia-Pacific region – from Turkey to New Zealand, including Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent – and exclusively present works by artists from that region. Solo shows, exceptional art-historical material, and thematic exhibitions of two or more artists are selected on the strength of the proposed project. Discoveries is designed to give a global platform to emerging contemporary artists from all over the world, showcasing work by the next generation of talent at an early stage in their career. Galleries will present an exhibition of work by either one or two artists from their gallery program, preferably new and created specifically for the show. Dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world, Encounters provides visitors with the opportunity to see works that transcend the traditional art fair stands. The sector presents these works in prominent locations throughout the exhibition halls. As a special feature, art publications from around the world will display their magazines in single-magazine stands or in the collective booth. Editors and publishers will often present at the show and many magazines contribute presentations to the Salon series, a schedule of presentations, lectures, and discussions by a range of speakers.

Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects during each edition, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews. The morning Conversations series at art Basel Hong Kong offers a platform for discussions that allows audiences access to an insider’s point of view. Dynamic dialogues take place between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. Conversations is presented in collaboration with the Absolut Art Bureau.

Matthias Bitzer, Infinite Laughter, 2012, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 220 x 160 cm, Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini

Matthias Bitzer, Infinite Laughter, 2012, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 220 x 160 cm, Private collection. Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini

To access the full of participating galleries, please visit www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kong/About-the-Show/2013-Galleries.

Hong Kong’s contemporary art scene continues to flourish with the opening of numerous high-profile international galleries and world-class art fairs—lending an outstanding platform for established and emerging artists alike to showcase their art in a critical market and further elevate their international profile. The announcement of Art Basel’s Hong Kong edition made in 2011 has acted as a seminal moment internationally for the cultural development of the city and inspired the arrival of ten new galleries, including Sotheby’ newest Hong Kong space in May 2012 and New York dealers, Lehmann Maupin Gallery in March 2013.

Heinz Mack, Untitled (Dynamic Structure in Green), Acrylic on canvas, 1960, 88 x 105 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf

Heinz Mack, Untitled (Dynamic Structure in Green), Acrylic on canvas, 1960, 88 x 105 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf

Firmly established as the art auction capital of Asia, Hong Kong is venerated for housing the world’s most prestigious auction houses, including Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and with continued record-breaking sales at both outposts—Hong Kong’s art scene is thriving.

Desiree Dolron , Xteriors XVI , 2001-2013 , Kodak endure print. Courtesy of the artist and Grimm, Amsterdam

Desiree Dolron , Xteriors XVI , 2001-2013 , Kodak endure print. Courtesy of the artist and Grimm, Amsterdam

For art aficionados and culture enthusiasts of all walks of life, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is the perfect place to begin a journey from classical art to modern, avant-garde exhibitions. In Hong Kong, art is pervasive and can be seen around every corner, whether in museums, luxury hotels, or Michelin-starred restaurants—art is an integral part of Hong Kong’s cultural kaleidoscope and testament to the city’s unprecedented vibrancy and creativity.

To learn more about Hong Kong’s expansive art culture, please visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board website at www.DiscoverHongKong.com/usa and follow HKTB on Twitter, @HongKongTourism, for more news and trends on Asia’s World City

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