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5 Themed Online Viewing Rooms You Can Visit Now at Art Basel Hong Kong

  • Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Rooms 2020
March 20, 2020
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

As the world copes with the coronavirus outbreakthe art world had to take precautions, with many art museums closing and bieannials and fair being canceled or postponed.

Art Basel was forced to cancel its Hong Kong fair, launching instead the Online Viewing Rooms, a new digital-only platform for its galleries and collectors. Going live March 20th through March 25th, 2020 the platform provides visitors with the opportunity to browse more than 2,000 works worth $270 million. presented by 95% of Art Basel’s participating galleries, many of which are online exclusives.

Leading Modern and contemporary art galleries are displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. All the galleries accepted for the 2020 Hong Kong show have been invited to participate, at no cost for this first edition.

Here are five Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms of galleries presenting artists as part of a theme or movement that you can visit right now.

You can visit the Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms yourself, by registering at ArtBasel.com.

  • Sadamasa Motonaga - Sakuhin C, 1966

Japan Is America at Fergus McCaffrey

Located in New York, Tokyo and St. Barth, Fergus McCaffrey is internationally recognized for its groundbreaking role in promoting the work of post-war Japanese artists, as well as a quality roster of select contemporary European and American artists.

For their Online Viewing Room, the gallery is making an extension of their seminal exhibition Japan Is America, which debuted at their New York location in 2019. This presentation offers an extended exploration of the complex post-war relationship between Japan and America, and a demonstration of the extraordinary aesthetic innovations that occurred in both countries from the early 1950s onward. The audience has an opportunity to see works by Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, Nobuaki Kojima, Robert Rauschenberg, Tomio Miki, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Ken Price, Toshio Yoshida, Sadamasa Motonaga, and Ishiuchi Miyako.

Featured image: Sadamasa Motonaga – Sakuhin C, 1966.

  • Hernan Bas - Supercut (look 9), 2019

Figures in Space at Victoria Miro

Occupying 20,000 square feet across its locations in Mayfair and Wharf Road, London, and Venice, Victoria Miro represents some 40 international artists and artist estates.

Taking part in Art Basel’s first iteration of the Online Viewing Rooms, the gallery presents an exhibition of work themed around depictions of the figure in painting and sculpture. Titled Figures in Space, the show presents new and significant works by Doug Aitken, Milton Avery, Hernan Bas, Elmgreen & Dragset, Chantal Joffe, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Celia Paul and Tal R.

Featured image: Hernan Bas – Supercut (look 9), 2019.

  • Tony Cragg - Hedge #01, 2016

Minimal and Conceptual Art from the 70s until now at Konrad Fischer Galerie

Since 1967, Konrad Fischer Galerie has been championing minimal art and conceptual art when these movements were almost unknown in Europe. They first opened their doors with an exhibition by Carl Andre, who is today an important key position of the gallery’s program.

With their Online Viewing Room, the gallery presents an overview of five decades of history in our exhibition program. The selection includes works by Carl Andre; Alice Channer, who focuses on new technological processes like digital printing techniques on Crepe-de-Chine and pleated textiles; Alan Charlton, whose conceptional monochrome grey canvases the gallery first exhibited in 1972; Tony Cragg, who is known for his high-end sculptures in Corten steel, wood, stone, patinated bronze and stainless steel; Jan Dibbets, who started with Land Art and developed towards highly theoretical photography; Wolfgang Laib, who did his very first marble Milk Stone in 1978 at the gallery; Jim Lambie, who recently created the humorous sunglasses I See You In My DreamsYuji Takeoka, who had his first gallery exhibition in 1986 with a selection of different pedestal shaped sculptures; Paloma Varga Weisz, who introduced a figurative position in the gallery program with her delicate wood carvings; and Merrill Wagner, whose tape paintings from 1970 can be read in direct dialogue to Andre’s 2 x 18 Cyprigene.

Featured image: Tony Cragg – Hedge #01, 2016.