Sen­sory sur­prises

The city’s most im­por­tant art fair is back again, with plenty of ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions and rev­o­lu­tion­ary evo­lu­tions

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge -

ow in its third year, Art Basel in Hong Kong has be­come a house­hold name even among those with just a pass­ing in­ter­est in the arts. The fair draws in more than 170 gal­leries, show­cas­ing the work of 3,000 artists from Asia and be­yond in six sec­tions, with medi­ums rang­ing from paint­ing to sculp­ture to video. The Gal­leries sec­tion presents the ma­jor­ity of art­works, all from the 20th and 21st cen­turies and from the world’s lead­ing art gal­leries; In­sights in­tro­duces works from Asia and the Asia-pa­cific re­gion cre­ated specif­i­cally for the fair; Dis­cov­er­ies show­cases new works from in­ter­na­tional emerg­ing artists; En­coun­ters com­prises large-scale in­stal­la­tions and sculp­ture; Film is a se­ries of screen­ings by and about artists; and Mag­a­zines is a col­lec­tion of booths rep­re­sent­ing art pub­li­ca­tions from all over the world. Knowl­edge­able cul­ture mavens such as col­lec­tors, aca­demics and cu­ra­tors will also be giv­ing talks and par­tic­i­pat­ing in panel dis­cus­sions as part of the pro­gram­ming, ex­pound­ing on top­ics rang­ing from Southeast Asian art to how best to ar­chive one’s col­lec­tion.

Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to see ex­cit­ing new di­rec­tions this year fol­low­ing changes in the line-up of mas­ter­minds be­hind the event. Mag­nus Ren­frew has stepped down as direc­tor, with Malaysian cu­ra­tor Ade­line Ooi tak­ing up his role; mean­while, Alexie Glass-kan­tor, who di­rects var­i­ous arts or­gan­i­sa­tions and events in her na­tive Australia, has been ap­pointed to cu­rate the fair’s En­coun­ters sec­tion.

Turn to page 256 for our de­fin­i­tive 24-page guide to Art Basel in Hong Kong. March 15–17; Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre; art­

Fair fare Clock­wise from above: Am Brun­nen (2014), an oil paint­ing by Neo Rauch; Pump­kin (2014), an in­stal­la­tion by Yayoi Kusama; (2014), a sculp­ture by Yinka Shoni­bare; a de­tail shot from Com­fort Blan­ket (2014), a ta­pes­try by Grayson Perry


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