Art Basel Hits HK

Art Basel Hong Kong has announced the participation of 245 of the world’s leading galleries for the first edition of this newly bought fair.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network are already making plans to attend this huge art event.

Deutsche Bank is the leading partner as it is in Basel Switzerland and Basel Miami Beach.

The fair will take place Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), pictured here.

With an emphasis on the highest quality of work and presentation, art by more than 3,000 artists will be showcased – ranging from young stars to the Modern masters of the early 20th century, hailing from both Asia and the West.

The line-up takes on a diverse selection of galleries from 35 countries and territories across the globe.

Over 50 percent of the participating galleries are from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region - spanning from Turkey, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent, across Asia and encompassing Australia and New Zealand.

The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will feature 28 galleries with exhibition spaces in Hong Kong and marks the first appearance at a fair in Hong Kong for 48 galleries.

Four Sectors

The show will be presented across four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters.

The Galleries sector will feature a strong presence by Modern art galleries from Asia and the West. Significant work from the past 100 years will be featured, providing an opportunity for visitors to discover and explore contemporary and historical art from different regions, cultures and aesthetic backgrounds.

Exhibitors coming for the first time to Hong Kong from the West include 303 Gallery, New York; Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York; Andréhn- Schiptjenko, Stockholm; Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York; Dirimart, Istanbul; Dominique Levy Gallery, New York; Galerie OMR, Mexico City; Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; Mayoral Galeria D’Art, Barcelona; Peter Blum Gallery, New York; and Wentrup, Berlin.

The Insights sector, sited at the heart of both floor levels, will present 47 galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region with curatorial projects developed specifically for the show.

This sector is conceived to promote a curatorial mindset and encourage precise contextual and thematic presentations of many important artists from the art scene in Asia over the last 100 years.

The Discoveries sector will present a particularly strong showcase of solo and two-person exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists from across the world with an accompanying 25,000 USD Discoveries prize, which will be awarded to one artist presented within this sector.

The 27 participating galleries include Karma International, Zurich (Thomas Sauter); Mendes Wood, São Paulo (Lucas Arruda); mother’s tankstation, Dublin (Brendan Earley); Saamlung, Hong Kong (Joan Vasco Paiva); Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (Ryoko Aoki); Weingrull, Karlsruhe (Benjamin Appel); Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong (Lam Tung Pang); and 2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong (Tang Kwok Hin).

Discoveries will feature 14 galleries exhibiting for the first time in Hong Kong: BolteLang, Zurich (Benjamin Senior); Balice Hertling, Paris (Alexander May); Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (Avish Khebrehzadeh); Lisa Cooley, New York (Erin Shireff); Monitor, Rome (Adam Avikainen); Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (Francesca DiMattio); Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (Nina Yuen); Kalfayan, Athens (Hrair Sarkissian); Galeria Plan B, Cluj (Navid Nuur); RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (David Keating); Galleryske, Bangalore (Mariam Suhail); Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (Sanne Mestrom); Workplace Gallery, Tyne & Wear (Marcus Coates); and Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (Wei Chen).

The Encounters sector will provide visitors with the opportunity to see artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces by leading artists from around the world, sited in prominent locations throughout the two exhibition halls.

The Selection Committee for Art Basel in Hong Kong is comprised of renowned international gallerists: Emi Eu, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore; Shireen Gandhy, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; Suzie Kim, Kukje Gallery, Seoul; Maho Kubota, Scai The Bathhouse, Tokyo; David Maupin, Lehmann Maupin, New York; Urs Meile, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing & Lucerne; Massimo De Carlo, Milan; Zhang Wei, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou & Beijing.

Art Basel has a long history of dynamic exhibition and talk programs accompanying its shows.

In Hong Kong, Art Basel will offer extensive opportunities to learn about the latest developments in contemporary art, as well as exploring the history of Modern and contemporary art.

Conversations, the long-established morning program of talks and panel discussions, presented in collaboration with Absolut Art Bureau, offers audiences first-hand access to renowned cultural speakers and opinion-formers from across the international artworld.

Complementing the Conversations program, the afternoon Salon series serves as a platform for shorter, more freestyle presentations, including artist talks, panel discussions, lectures and book launches.

Art Basel will be working closely with key cultural organizations across the city, including Asia Art Archive (AAA); the Asia Society; M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture; Para/Site Art Space and Spring Workshop, offering an associated program of events throughout Hong Kong that will take place during the week of the shows.