Book it now: Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

8 March 2019 • Written by Zoe Dickens

The world’s biggest art fair, Art Basel, will return for its seventh edition in Honk Kong from March 29-31, 2019. This now well-established event will welcome 242 galleries from 35 countries, including 21 galleries making their Art Basel Hong Kong debut, along with a roster of talks, films and events.

Art Basel Hong Kong will welcome 242 international galleries. Images courtesy of Art Basel

As usual the main body of the event will be divided into four sections: Galleries (leading international modern and contemporary exhibitors), Insights (works from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region dating from 1900), Discoveries (contemporary and up-and-coming artists) and Encounters (large-scale sculptures and installations). Key highlights include a new installation by Simon Starling created specifically for Art Basel Hong Kong at The Modern Institute, the Asian debut of New York artist Tishan Hsu at newcomer Empty Gallery and a new series of works by Burmese artist Moe Satt at Nova Contemporary. Also not to be missed is an installation in tribute to artist Alixe Fu designed by Piero Lissoni for Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo.

For 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong will also play host to Kabinett, a series of 21 conceptual presentations by established and emerging artists with a strong focus on talent from Asia. Must-see pieces include Kukje Gallery’s installation of oil paintings by Korean abstractionist Yoo Youngkuk and a first look at new works by Lee Bul offered by Lehmann Maupin.

Empty Gallery will offer the Asian debut of New York-based artist Tishan Hsu

Elsewhere, the show’s film series has been curated by multi-media artist Li Zhenhua and features 27 works inspired by the modern global sociopolitical climate. These include Spring Fever by Lou Ye, which won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, and a series of films examining the life and work of Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong by directors Yang Bo, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Jia Zhangke.

Art Basel Hong Kong will also host a free talks programme put together by writer and editor Stephanie Bailey featuring leading art historians, collectors, gallerists and curators. Headlining the bill is a conversation between artist and Videotage co-founder Ellen Pau and curator and researcher Isaac Leung while other highlights include a panel discussion on the practices of performance with Juliana Huxtable, Sonia Khurana, Victoria Sin and Melati Surydarmo and a range of discussions on contemporary art in Asia held in collaboration with Art Asia Pacific magazine.

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