As a symbolic bridge between Asia and the West, Art Basel Hong Kong art fair brings together the very best of contemporary Asian art, Asia-Pacific region art and the art of the Western world. Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 will cover twelve decades of art history. The main program is divided into six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film. The art fair will display the highest quality of paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and video from the 20th and 21st centuries. The works by more than 3,000 artists from Asia and around the globe will be on show, from emerging talents to the Modern masters. The Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 is also a platform for cross-cultural exchanges for artists, collectors, gallerists, and visitors. The art fair will offer extensive opportunities for deliberations and discussions about new trends and developments in the world of art.
The Hong Kong show of Art Basel will feature 233 premier galleries from 37 countries and territories. Many galleries exhibit regularly at this art fair. The first time exhibitors at Art Basel in Hong Kong from Europe and the United States include Air de Paris (Paris), Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne, Berlin), Mehdi Chouakri (Berlin), Thomas Dane Gallery (London), Eleven Rivington (New York), Herald St (London), KraupaTuskany Zeidler (Berlin), Galerie Pascal Lansberg (Paris), Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich), kamel mennour (Paris), and others. Additionally, there are many first-time exhibitors from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, including 1335MABINI (Manila, Makati), am space (Hong Kong), Yoshiaki Inoue (Osaka), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney), Michael Ku Gallery (Taipei), Leo Gallery (Shanghai, Hong Kong), Liang Gallery (Taipei), Taro Nasu (Tokyo), and Shrine Empire (New Delhi). This year’s exhibitors list is the strongest to date. The main sector of the art fair is Galleries. This sector will feature 179 Modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world. Exhibitors returning after a brief break include Gladstone Gallery (New York, Brussels), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town), Dominique Lévy Gallery (New York, London), and Sprüth Magers Berlin London (Berlin, London, Los Angeles).
The Insight sector is dedicated to the curatorial projects by 34 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will feature solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions. Highlights from the Insight sector include: a focus by Rossi & Rossi (London, Hong Kong) on Leang Seckon, one of the foremost members of the emerging Cambodian contemporary art scene; Galerie Ora-Ora's (Hong Kong) showing of works by contemporary Ink protégé Zhang Yanzi, creating an unprecedented four-dimensional experience; art-historical projects by Australian artist Yhonnie Scarce at dianne tanzer gallery + projects (Melbourne) and by Malaysian artist Anurendra Jegadeva at Wei-Ling Gallery (Kuala Lumpur, Penang); a solo exhibition of Thai artist Yuree Kensaku by 100 Tonson Gallery (Bangkok), looking at the recent political situation in Thailand; and a selection of black and white photographs by Japanese artist Noritoshi Hirakawa at 55 (Shanghai).
The Encounters sector will show artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces. Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director of the contemporary art institution Artspace in Sydney, will curate the sector. Finally, the Film sector, that had debut last year, will include a three-day film program. The program will present 38 works by 36 artists, exploring seven diverse themes curated by Beijing and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua. Highlights of the program include seminal works from the 1960s and 70s by artists Marina Abramović and Michael Craig-Martin, alongside important video work by Yu Cheng-ta, Cheng Ran and Yan Xing, and many others. New works by Chen Tianzhuo, Lu Yang and Song Kun will be premiered within the sector.
Gagosian Gallery is one of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, and at this year’s art fair it participates with extraordinary works. The Hauser & Wirth has selected some of the most important works for the Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Galerie Lelong will present a selection of artists whose works and practices are influenced by cultural exchange and representative of Eastern traditions, iconography, and close ties to the Asia-Pacific region. SCAI The Bathhouse will be present with extraordinary pieces, while the White Cube will also participate at the show. Galerie Daniel Templon will present some of its most valuable works. The works by Tadashi Kawamata may be seen at Misa Shin Gallery, while the works by Chen Shaoxiong will be exhibited at the Pékin Fine Arts.
The special focus of the additional program is put on the conversation series that offer a platform for discussions that allows audiences access to an insider’s point of view. The first talk in this series will be Artist Talk, where the Chinese artist Cao Fei will be in discussion with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London. The collectors talk entitled Trans-Pacific Collecting will bring together some of the most prominent curators and collectors. How Global Institutions Travel will bring together directors of some of the most important museums and galleries, particularly from Asia. Additionally, Art Basel is working closely with key cultural organizations across Honk Kong, including Asia Art Archive (AAA); the Asia Society; Para/Site Art Space; Spring Workshop; and M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture, offering an associated program of events onsite and throughout the city that takes place during the week of the show.
The private views of the art fair will take place from March 13th until March 15th, and it is invitation only program. The public days (when the fair is open to public) are March 15th, March 16th and March 17th. One-day ticket can be bought for HK$250, while three-day tickets are available for HK$650. The special guided tours will also be organized. The main venue is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC).
Go to the next page, and take a look at our special spreadsheet with all the galleries of the Art Basel Hong Kong 2015, the floorplan of the Fair, and the promo video from the last year’s fair.
More than 230 galleries are participating at the Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. The table on this page shows the list of participating galleries. Also, on this page you can find the floor plan and take a look at the promo video of the Art Basel Hong Kong 2014.
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