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The World’s Art Comes to Asia

May 08, 2014
Art Basel

It’s that time of year again – the world’s most high profile art event is once again descending on Hong Kong in a flurry of previewing, critiquing, buying, and air-kissing featuring some of the industry’s biggest names both homegrown and from all over the globe. Being staged for just the second time, the bulk of Art Basel Hong Kong’s four-day, six-section event is staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, but it spills out into many alongside parties and showings around town. There’s a huge amount to see so here’s our breakdown of what’s what. 

The ‘Galleries’ section dominates HKCEC, with 171 local and international modern art galleries (a little over half hail from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region) exhibiting works from their most prized artists. Extremely popular last year, and curated again this year by Yuko Hasegawa (head curator of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art) is ‘Encounters’, featuring large-scale installations dotted throughout the venue – keep peepers peeled this year for a number of interactive works such as Lee Wen’s ‘Ping Pong Go-Round’, a multi-player donut-shaped ping pong table, and the folding and unfolding 'Cube 48 Orange', a giant accordion-like sculpture by Argentinian artist Marta Chilindron. Other sectors include ‘Discoveries’, a focus on rising stars, ‘Conversations’ which allows the audience to enter into discussion with world renowned cultural figures, and new to this year’s event ‘Film’, which will take place at the Agnès B. cinema, and include a series of free screenings open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. Ready, and action!

May 15-18, 2014.

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