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
ART BASEL HONG KONG
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.