Crazy for Art
It was a hectic and eye-opening time for those who made the most of the crowded calendar of Art Week. With live performances, meetand-greets with big names from around the world, VIP dinners and unique installations at Hong Kong landmarks, Art Week was full of surprises. As well as the plethora of works on display at the Art Basel in Hong Kong vernissage, there were plenty of other options for appreciating the fruits of creativity. Soho 189, a new art and lifestyle hub cultivated by Cissy Pao-watari, had stimulating exhibitions at Galerie Huit and Pearl Lam Galleries. Cigar aficionados flocked to a party at the Grand Hyatt Pool House hosted by Davidoff Cigars. As well as freeflowing champagne and tasty bites, guests were treated to a scintillating performance by burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. Another hit was the Inside China exhibition by Adrian Cheng’s K11 Art Foundation, which drew young Chinese artists from around the world for a special talk about contemporary Chinese art. Other events included Mr Porter’s party at The Pawn to kick off Art Basel, and the opening of Take Another View of Art in Landmark, which featured museum-quality works valued at more than HK$140 million.