5 Themed Online Viewing Rooms You Can Visit Now at Art Basel Hong Kong
As the world copes with the coronavirus outbreak, the 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.
The Dawn of Bubblewrap! at Kaikai Kiki Gallery
Located in Tokyo, Kaikai Kiki Gallery exhibits both local and international artists, helping to create new and deeper links between art and the world at large.
In their Online Viewing Room, the gallery brings together artists Takashi Murakami, Emi Kuraya, FUTURA, Kasing Lung, Otani Workshop, Kosuke Ajiro, and Aya Takano, all embraced under the term Superflat. For this exhibition, the gallery has come up with a new term for their message directed toward the future: Bubblewrap. The aim of their Art Basel Hong Kong presentation is to pioneer this new theme and title.
Featured image: Aya Takano – Nepalese rug, Floating cosmic dance, 2019.
Tokyo Gallery + BTAP Virtual Showroom
The first contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP has pioneered the introduction of Western avant-garde artists such as Lucio Fontana, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Yves Klein and Jackson Pollock to Japan, while promoting experimental projects by Japanese artists.
For their Online Viewing Room at Art Basel, the gallery offers a survey of representative works from prominent East Asian art movements, such as Japan’s Mono-ha, Avant-garde calligraphy and Korea’s Dansaekhwa. The room features works by Abe Nobuya, Hidai Nankoku, Sekine Yoshio, Suga Kishio, Uno Sesson, Park Seo Bo, Lee Ufan and Lee Jin Woo. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the gallery seeks to show the multiple, diverse sides of postwar Japanese and Asian contemporary art. Sekine, Uno and Park will also have solo exhibitions at the gallery this year.
Featured image: Yoshio Sekine – No. 387, 1975.
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.
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.
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 Dreams; Yuji 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.