SHOW TIME A back­stage pass to Art Basel Hong Kong 2017.

BAZAAR gets a back­stage pass to the build-up to Art Basel Hong Kong. By PETE HAR­RI­SON

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ART BASEL HONG KONG

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is a mag­net for dis­rup­tive, dy­namic artists and the in­ter­na­tional A-list art set that tracks them, and is sup­ported by af­ter-par­ties and open­ings that war­rant aroundthe-block queues. On the eve of this year’s fair, watch­maker Aude­mars Piguet has in­vited us to a pri­vate view­ing of works by two of the fair’s big­gest art stars: Se­bas­tian Er­razuriz and Cheng Ran. The Aude­mars Piguet lounge, de­signed by Er­razuriz, sits within the Col­lec­tor’s Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong and is where the brand re­veals the works by the artists with whom it has col­lab­o­rated over the past year.this year, Er­razuriz has cre­ated an ar­rest­ing large-scale sculp­ture of a gnarled but de­ter­mined tree in the heart of the space, sym­bol­is­ing Aude­mars Piguet’s rich her­itage and its de­ter­mi­na­tion to grow. It also brings a lit­tle piece of the 142- year-old brand’ s birth­place, val­lée de Joux in Switzer­land, to down­town Hong Kong .“the deep roots are em­bed­ded in his­tory, yet tips of its branches reach out and are al­ways grow­ing, ex­plor­ing and search­ing to­wards its fu­ture,” Er­razuriz says of the cen­tre­piece. The lounge also in­cludes a room ded­i­cated to Chi­nese artist Cheng Ran’s col­lab­o­ra­tive video in­stal­la­tion Cir­ca­dian Rhythm, in­spired again by Val­lée de Joux. It’s a sen­sual jour­ney through the for­est, from a moss-cov­ered wood­land floor to its ac­com­pa­ny­ing sonic ex­cur­sion, con­trast­ing calm and chaos. Sound is im­por­tant to Ran, and for this piece he com­posed a score cap­tur­ing the pre­cise sound of a time­piece. Ran is part of the cur­rent zeit­geist in art, re­flect­ing a big­ger in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence .“chi­nese artists are less po­lit­i­cally as­so­ci­ated than ever be­fore,” he says. “Many new young Chi­nese artists are now ed­u­cated over­seas, which shapes their per­spec­tive. Chi­nese art today is a com­bi­na­tion of cul­tural her­itage and mod­ern-day life — mod­ern and free.” Th­ese beau­ti­ful works back­drop the pri­vate view­ing of some re­mark­able time­pieces in the Aude­mars Piguet col­lec­tion, the Di­a­mond Tril­ogy: Di­a­mond Punk (2015), Di­a­mond Fury (2016) and Di­a­mond Out­rage (2017). It’s an in­spir­ing start to the ex­pe­ri­ence of Art Basel Hong Kong, which is or­gan­ised into sec­tors, mak­ing it eas­ier to di­vide and con­quer. Be­fore hit­ting the main col­lec­tions, plan your at­tack at the Col­lec­tor’s Lounge over a glass of Ruinart cham­pagne from one of its many bars or rov­ing trol­leys. Our tip? Book a guided tour to help nav­i­gate this in­cred­i­ble spec­ta­cle. WHERE Hong Kong Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, art­basel.com/ hong-kong WHEN March 29–31, 2018 STAY Grand Hy­att is an easy walk to the show: 1 Har­bour Road, Wan Chai, +852 2588 1234, hongkong.grand.hy­att.com; Man­darin Ori­en­tal is the of­fi­cial ho­tel of the show: 5 Con­naught Road, Cen­tral, +852 2522 0111, man­dari­nori­en­tal.com TOUR Para Site, one of the most ac­tive in­de­pen­dent arts cen­tres in Asia, of­fers daily guided tours in English, Can­tonese and Man­darin dur­ing show hours: guid­ed­tour@ para-site.org.hk. PIT STOP Fancy a drink? Join the local cre­ative set at Ping Pong 129, a gin­tone­ria bar in Sai Ying Pun, once the go-to place for ping pong sup­plies.

Hong Kong, and be­low. The Se­bas­tian Er­razuriz sculp­ture for the Aude­mars Piguet lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong. The Aude­mars Piguet lounge.

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