A rundown of Hong Kong’s art season; Chiva-Som’s new cookbook; Desert Boots turn 65.
March sees Hong Kong at its most brushed up, when a deluge of art events makes the city a stage for the best galleries, artists, and performers from the region and the world. Art Basel Hong Kong is the crux of the month’s events, attracting the world’s top galleries—half from Asia-Pacific—to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, along with independent films, exclusive installations, and the who’s who of the art world (March 15–17; artbasel.com). Art Central debuts this year as the city’s first world-class satellite art fair, bringing 70 galleries (as opposed to Basel’s some 170) to harbor-front tents in Central (March 14–16; artcentralhongkong.com). Asia Hotel Art Fair is an intimate alternative, once again using the posh rooms of the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel as galleries for more than 5,000 works strictly from the region. The fair extends its premises this year as well, showcasing larger installations and sculptures in nearby Harbour City mall (March 13–16; hotelartfair.kr). Hong Kong Arts Festival, now in its 33rd year, brings the cream of the world’s classical-arts crop to stages citywide throughout the month. Bobby McFerrin, Pink Martini, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Bolshoi Ballet and Opera are a few of the stars on this year’s program (February 27–March 29; hk.artsfestival.org).
Basel and Beyond An untitled work by Austrian artist Tina Lechner, on display at Art Basel Hong Kong this year.