State of the Art

The city’s colos­sal art fair is back and big­ger than ever

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge -

he glit­terati of the art world will soon be wing­ing their way to the fourth edi­tion of Art Basel in Hong Kong, where some 239 gal­leries from 35 coun­tries will be ex­hibit­ing a vast ar­ray of work by lead­ing and emerg­ing artists. Many of the top in­ter­na­tional gal­leries will be in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Sprüth Magers and Lis­son. The En­coun­ters sec­tion—a col­lec­tion of large-scale in­stal­la­tions—in­cludes Bei­jing artist Zhang Ding’s 18 Cubes, 18 steel boxes mea­sur­ing 2.3 me­tres by 5 me­tres, each plated with 24-karat gold on which vis­i­tors will be en­cour­aged to scratch and scrawl. In In­sights, 28 Asia-pa­cific gal­leries will dive into the re­gion’s re­cent art his­tory. Ex­per­i­men­tal inks by Main­land China’s Li Huasheng and per­for­mance video work by Ja­pan’s Tadasu Takamine will be on show. The film sec­tion will be big­ger than ever, show­ing doc­u­men­tary and fea­ture films along­side shorter, more ex­per­i­men­tal works—many are world pre­mieres. For more on Art Basel, see our ac­com­pa­ny­ing guide. March 24–26; 1pm–9pm Thurs­day, 1pm–8pm Fri­day, 11am–6pm Satur­day; $150–$850; HKCEC; art­basel.com

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