It started with just Basel, but nowadays Hong Kong boasts a whole host of city-wide smart art events every March. LUXE lists where to see and be scene during fission-hot, culti-cool Art Week...
Now in its fifth Asian edition, big-hitter Art Basel (23-25 Mar; vernissage 21-22 Mar) draws droves of art-world movers n’ makers to its epic, spangly waterside incarnation with some 242 top-flight galleries from 34 countries around the world. Over half of these players already have Asia-Pacific spaces, but this year will also see 29 first-timers – a sign that this big daddy is still growing – plus new Kabinett-curated exhibitions.
Looking to make a savvy investment? Then discover Asia’s next generation of creative talent at Art Central, sprawling across a bespoke pavilion at Central Harbourfront (21-25 Mar; VIP preview 20 Mar). Highlights include Yuri Suzuki’s interactive sound installation for Swarovski, and Tobias Gutmann’s Face-o-mat portrait sessions, plus there’s pop-up eats for after.
Late architect Zaha Hadid’s futuristic early paintings and drawings, inspired by Russian Constructivist artists Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko and an influence on her work, feature in There Should Be No End To Experimentation at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place (17 Mar – 6 Apr).
Gritty South Island Side hosts Euan Macleod’s Sino mountain paintings at Nockart Gallery (until 19 May), Emmanuel Monzon’s urban photographs at Charbon Art Space (until 25 Mar), and Asian works at Para Site (18 Mar – 11 Jun).
Prefer alfresco art? HKwalls takes over industrial-hip Wong Chuk Hang (18-26 Mar), bringing street art to Southsiders. The festival encompasses murals, print pieces, open studios, talks, screenings, workshops and a graffiti battle.
If you fancy a bit of art on your plate too, nab a table at Central’s Arcane (1-31 Mar), where chef Shane Osborn’s collaboration with London’s Flowers Gallery celebrates edgy Brit and German art. Or, elegant, art-emblazoned Wong Chuk Hang resto Dine Art attracts a hip foodie crowd. Skinnies on!
Art Basel / Convention & Exhibition Centre / 1 Harbour Rd / Wan Chai / artbasel.com
Art Central / Central Harbourfront Event Space / 9 Lung Wo Rd / Central / +852 2174 0322 / artcentralhongkong.com
ArtisTree / 1/F / Cornwall House / 979 King's Rd / Quarry Bay / +852 2284 4877 / taikooplace.com
HKwalls / hkwalls.org
Arcane / 3/F / 18 On Lan St / Central / +852 2728 0178 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat / arcane.hk
Dine Art / Suite A / 16/F / Kwai Bo Industrial Bldg / 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd / Wong Chuk Hang / +852 2805 8555 / dinearthk.com