We high­light the best of Art Week – from in­ter­ac­tive mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tions to Euro­pean masters



Ever since mak­ing its de­but in 2013, Art Basel Hong Kong has in­vaded the in­ter­na­tional art con­scious­ness and pro­pelled the city onto the global stage, in­spir­ing count­less satel­lite exhibitions and events as a result of its forward mo­men­tum. Among these, Art Cen­tral has emerged as the strong­est con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous of­fer­ing, shin­ing an ad­mirable spot­light on talent from around the re­gion. Of course, there’s much more to Art Week’s pro­gram­ming than the ma­jor play­ers – from site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tions to Chi­nese ab­stract art, here’s what not to miss.

香港巴塞爾藝術展自2013年首次舉辦以來,不但打入國際藝術的意識世界,更把香港推上國際舞台,其引領的前衛潮流亦衍生出無數衛星展覽和活動,其中Art Cen­tral成為同期最強展覽,給予區內藝術家一個發光發熱的平台。當然,香港藝術週的節目又何只這幾個大型展覽?定點藝術裝置和抽象中國藝術品等展覽亦不容錯過。


Art Basel Hong Kong over­sees Art Week pro­ceed­ings from the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, as­sem­bling 248 gal­leries, around half of which have ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. That said, it’s largely the ma­jor play­ers rep­re­sent­ing blue-chip artists and big names that dom­i­nate, with gal­leries bring­ing West­ern art to cater to in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated and glob­alised Asian col­lec­tors. High­lights from this year’s line-up in­clude the re­turn of the Kabi­nett sec­tor, which of­fers gal­leries the op­por­tu­nity to present a cu­rated solo project within their booths and will see 10 Chancery Lane Gallery restag­ing the “Frog King Cal­lig­ra­phy Shop” by Hong Kong’s in­fa­mous con­cep­tual and per­for­mance artist. Else­where, Dis­cov­er­ies prom­ises just that by pro­vid­ing a plat­form for emerg­ing con­tem­po­rary artists, while the ever-im­pres­sive En­coun­ters zone show­cases large-scale sculp­tures and in­stal­la­tions cu­rated by Alexie Glass-Kan­tor, the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Arts­pace Sydney.香港巴塞爾藝術展 (2018年3月29 – 31日)

香港巴塞爾藝術展將於香港藝術週進駐香港會議展覽中心,屆時將有248間藝廊雲集會展,這些參展藝廊有一半在亞太地區設有展覽空間。雖然如此,藝術展仍然以有大牌藝術家坐鎮的大藝廊為主角,有藝廊帶來西方藝術品以迎合愈趨成熟和國際化的亞洲收藏家的口味。今屆藝術展焦點包括「策展角落」展區的回歸,讓藝廊在各自的展區內舉行個展,另外10號贊善里畫廊亦會重新展出本港概念及行為藝術創作先驅郭孟浩創作的「蛙王」。此外,「藝術探新」展區繼續為新進現代藝術家提供展示平台,從沒令人失望的「藝聚空間」展區則會展出由Artspace Syd­ney行政總監Alexie Glass-Kan­tor策展的大型雕塑及裝置藝術品。


Now in its fourth year and with a new fair direc­tor, Shuyin Yang, Art Cen­tral prom­ises an­other stel­lar pro­gramme of pro­gres­sive, boundary-push­ing con­tem­po­rary art rang­ing from cut­ting-edge Asian talent to blue-chip artists such as Damien Hirst and Yves Klein, as well as a va­ri­ety of talks courtesy of the Asia So­ci­ety’s Hong Kong cen­tre. “With each year, we im­prove the con­tent, qual­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion of art on view,” says Yang. “This also re­flects the in­creas­ingly dis­cern­ing taste of the art-col­lect­ing pub­lic in Hong Kong, who have been ex­posed to a plethora of topqual­ity exhibitions and mu­seum shows… mean­ing that art buy­ing is even more ac­ces­si­ble than be­fore.” In ad­di­tion to more than 100 gal­leries (75 per cent of which hail from the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion) and pop-up din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences from some of the city’s hottest restau­rants, vis­i­tors to the fair can once again en­joy Per­for­mance x 4A, a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mances sched­uled by the 4A Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art. Look out for Sin­ga­porean artist Sam Lo’s “Progress: The Game of Lead­ers” – a gi­ant game of Jenga that invites par­tic­i­pants to se­lect build­ing blocks to cre­ate their per­fect so­ci­ety. (Need­less to say, it all comes tum­bling down.) Art Cen­tral has also partnered with United Over­seas Bank for the sec­ond time to present a host of in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, con­ceived to en­gage stu­dents and the gen­eral pub­lic in the im­mer­sive worlds of art and cul­ture.

ART CEN­TRAL (2018年3月27日至4月1日)

今年已是第四年舉辦的Art Cen­tral將由Shuyin Yang擔任新總監。Art Cen­tral將一如既往,呈獻前衛尖峰和突破常規的現代藝術,包括破格的亞洲藝術家、Damien Hirst與Yves Klein等鼎鼎大名的藝術大家,以及由亞洲協會香港中心提供的不同講座。Yang說:「我們每年都會改進展覽內容、質素和展示方式。這亦反映香港的藝術收藏界已愈來愈會欣賞藝術,這多得港人接觸多了很多優質的展覽和博物館展,意味收藏藝術品已比以前變得更普及。」除了超過100間藝廊(其中四份之一來自亞太地區)與城中最具人氣食府開設的限定店外,參觀者可再次享受由4A Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Asian Art編排的Per­for­mance x 4A一系列互動表演。重點注視新加坡藝術家Sam Lo的Progress: The Game of Lead­ers,邀請參加者以積木建構理想社會的加大版層層疊遊戲(毋庸多說,積木當然會全部塌下來)。Art Cen­tral亦再度與大華銀行合作舉辦一系列互動工作坊,帶學生與公眾投入文化藝術世界。


Each year, Art Week’s ex­tracur­ric­u­lar of­fer­ings have proven more in­spir­ing and in­trigu­ing, and this year is no ex­cep­tion. One of the biggest draws will cer­tainly be the first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in the city of Amer­i­can artist Ge­orge Condo’s works, to be held at the Hong Kong Mar­itime Mu­seum. Ti­tled Ex­panded Por­trait Com­po­si­tions and pre­sented by the Skarstedt and Sprüth Magers gal­leries, Condo has cre­ated eight paint­ings on can­vas and five works on pa­per specif­i­cally for the show; all of them il­lus­trate the unique aes­thetic has earned him a spot as one of the world’s top con­tem­po­rary vis­ual artists. Other exhibitions of note in­clude Root­ing the Sy­napse at White Cube Hong Kong, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of new sculp­tures by Antony Gorm­ley; the first solo pre­sen­ta­tion of works by Brazil­ian street artist duo (and iden­ti­cal twins) Os Ge­meos at Lehmann Maupin; and a group ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated by Peng Fang at the Parkview Art Hong Kong, fea­tur­ing the works of eight Chi­nese artists charged with found­ing the ab­stract art move­ment of modern China. If that’s not enough to get ex­cited about, ex­pect much ado around the open­ing of the new CL3de­signed H Queen’s build­ing, which wel­comes the first Asian branches for sev­eral lead­ing in­ter­na­tional gal­leries, in­clud­ing David Zwirner Gallery and Hauser & Wirth; the lat­ter will be cel­e­brat­ing its grand open­ing dur­ing Art Week fes­tiv­i­ties.


藝術週的周邊活動一年比一年更具啟發性和趣味,今年亦不例外。其中最矚目的當數美國藝術家Ge­orge Con­do在本港的首個大型個展。假香港海事博物館舉行的這個展覽名為Ex­panded Por­trait Com­po­si­tions,由Skarst­edt與Sprüth Mager­s畫廊呈獻。 Con­do特別為展覽創作了八幅油畫及五幅紙上作品,全部作品都展示出這位世界頂級當代視覺藝術家的獨特審美觀。其他值得留意的展覽包括於白立方畫廊展出的Antony Gorm­ley新雕塑個展Root­ing the Sy­napse;立木畫廊將展出巴西街頭藝術二人組兼孖生兄弟Os Ge­meos的首個個展;芳草地當代藝術將展出由Peng Fang策展、集合八位現代中國抽象藝術運動領軍中國藝術家的聯展。還嫌不夠喉?不妨到全新開幕、由CL3打造的H Queen逛逛,多個國際知名藝廊如David Zwirner Gallery與Hauser & Wirth都在這裡開設他們在亞洲的首個分部,而後者更會於藝術週期間盛大開幕。

PEARL OF THE ORI­ENT Hong Kong has risen in pres­tige as the premier arts hub in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion thanks to a bevy of ma­jor art fairs cen­tred around the month of March, steadily beat­ing out other ci­ties like Sin­ga­pore. 東方之珠香港已躍身成為亞太地區的藝術重心,並於三月舉行多個重點藝術展覽,穩步領先新加坡等地。

CREAM OF THE CROP Hong Kong's Art Basel is widely recog­nised as the premier event in the Asian art cal­en­dar and rou­tinely at­tracts the world's most im­por­tant artists and gal­leries to ex­hibit.


ART OF AG­I­TA­TION Tak­ing place con­cur­rently with Art Basel, Art Cen­tral's 4th year of ex­is­tence sees a re­newed fo­cus on art that is younger and edgier than its es­tab­lish­ment cousin event. 推動藝術與香港巴塞爾藝術展同期展開的第四屆Art Cen­tral以對藝術全新注視的角度出發,跟前者相比帶來更多年輕和前衛的新一代參展單位。

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