When Art Basel in Hong Kong opens its doors from 24 to 26 March, 239 of the world's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art will be exhibiting there, more than half of which are from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Outside the exhibition centre too, impressive works of art will be taking over the city, including a 490-metre tall light installation and a multimedia walk.
Eight large photographic works, forming a panoramic narrative reflecting on colonial histories and drawing on the artist’s Bidjara heritage: the photographs by Michael Cook, Australia, rank amongst the highlights in the Insights sector. This will be dedicated to curatorial projects by 28 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The true heart of the show in Hong Kong, however, is the Galleries sector. A total of 187 of the most eminent galleries will be presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works.
The stars of tomorrow
The most interesting talents and upcoming artists will be showcasing their work in the Discoveries sector. They include Waqa Khan from Pakistan with his drawings, New Zealand's Jess Johnson and US artist, performer and filmmaker Wu Tsang, who is presenting his latest works at Art Basel in Hong Kong.
The Encounters sector will show artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural installation pieces and performances. Works that transcend the traditional art fair stands. The film programme includes more than 70 films. For the first time, long films are being shown, in addition to short ones. The documentary film "The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg", directed by Michael Schindhelm, is celebrating its Asia premiere at the art show. It reconstructs the adventures of the entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector, Uli Sigg, during his 30-year stay in China. The Talks sector features discussions between familiar faces from the art scene.
Art is conquering the whole of Hong Kong
The seven-million metropolis is being taken over by art outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre too. A multimedia walk through two districts interweaves the histories of the points along the route with fiction. Visitors are taken on a journey of films, audio elements, radio broadcasts and installation elements. The project entitled "So You Are Old by the Time You Reach the Island" is a work by Samson Young, an upcoming artist from Hong Kong and the winner of the first BMW Art Journey.
490-metre high light installation
Hong Kong's impressive skyline is being spectacularly extended during the art show. The huge "Time Waterfall" light installation by Tatsuo Miyajima is illuminating the International Commerce Centre in the Kowloon district – the biggest building in the city at 490 metres. The "Time Waterfall" will be visible from a large number of areas of the city, including from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center..
Art Basel in Hong Kong, 24 to 26 March 2016 (days open to the publice), www.artbasel.com. Photos: Art Basel