What to See During Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong - Photo by Nic Low
Art Basel Hong Kong - Photo by Nic Low

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Few events in the art world hold the same allure and anticipation as Art Basel Hong Kong as it returns to its full scale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This annual showcase, held in the heart of Asia’s dynamic financial hub, has emerged as a linchpin for the global art scene. It attracts art enthusiasts, collectors, gallerists, and artists from across the globe to witness the latest trends, discover emerging talent, and engage in a vibrant dialogue about the role of art in contemporary society.

Art Basel Hong Kong | Mar 28-30, 2024 | at The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in the Wan Chai district | 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong 2024 | South China Morning Post

Must-See Artworks At Art Basel Hong Kong

This year, the fair’s curated selection is split between loud sculptures and the ongoing trend of classical subjects, including still-lifes, landscapes, and portraits. If you aren’t in the city, you can view work at OVR: Hong Kong 2024.

Here are some highlights:

Still-Lifes

  • “White Night” by Zhao Gang (Lisson Gallery): This large-scale oil painting by a member of China’s avant-garde “Star Group” is a captivating tablescape.
  • “Fan on the Table” by Chen Kong Fang (Gomide&Co and Almeida & Dale): A deceptively simple depiction of a fan resting on a wooden table.
  • “Untitled” by Dike Blair (Karma): An intimate tableaux that feels surprisingly personal.
Zhao gang’s white night | lisson gallery at booth 1c19
Zhao Gang’s White Night | Lisson Gallery at Booth 1C19
Chen kong fang’s fan on the table | gomide&co and almeida & dale at booth 3e22
Chen Kong Fang’s Fan on the Table | Gomide&Co and Almeida & Dale at Booth 3E22
Dike blair’s untitled | karma at booth 3d08
Dike Blair’s Untitled | Karma at Booth 3D08

Landscapes

  • “Renewal, Transformation, and Rebirth” by Stephen Thorpe (Ora-Ora): A lush and vibrant scene bursting with rich colors and metaphors.
  • “Water Lilies” by Antonia Kuo (Chapter NY): A unique take and composition of the typical serene depiction of a water lily pond.
  • American Heat” by Jake Longstreth (Galerie Max Hetzler): A large-scale oil painting of the American landscape.
Stephen thorpe’s renewal, transformation and rebirth | ora-ora at booth1b32
Stephen Thorpe’s Renewal, Transformation and Rebirth | Ora-Ora at Booth1B32
Antonia kuo’s water lilies | chapter ny at booth 1c29
Antonia Kuo’s Water Lilies | Chapter NY at Booth 1C29
Jake longstreth’s american heat | galerie max hetzler at booth 1c27
Jake Longstreth’s American Heat | Galerie Max Hetzler at Booth 1C27

Portraits

  • “Garden Party” by Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Victoria Miro): A large-scale collage made from acrylic paint and image transfers. The piece merges portraiture and botanicals.
  • “At the very least, at last” by Chloe Wise (Almine Rech): An oil painting that portrays a young woman with an enigmatic expression.
  • “Coffee with Nicole” by Raghav Babbar (Helly Nahmad Gallery London): A thicky laid oil painting whose texture balances an otherwise simple piece.
Njideka akunyili crosby’s garden party | victoria miro at booth 1c28
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Garden Party | Victoria Miro at Booth 1C28
Chloe wise’s at the very least, at last | almine rech at booth 1b25
Chloe Wise’s At the very least, at last | Almine Rech at Booth 1B25
Raghav babbar’s coffee with nicole | helly nahmad gallery london at booth 3e12
Raghav Babbar’s Coffee with Nicole | Helly Nahmad Gallery London at Booth 3E12

Beyond the Booths: A Rich Cultural Experience

Art Basel Hong Kong extends far beyond the exhibition halls. Immerse yourself in the fair’s stimulating program of ancillary events:

  • Conversations: Engage in thought-provoking discussions with leading artists, curators, and critics as they delve into the complexities of the art world and its role in society.
  • Film: Explore the intersection of art and cinema through a curated selection of artists’ films showcased in a dedicated auditorium.
  • Satellite Venues: Discover hidden gems and off-site installations throughout the city, further enriching your exploration of Hong Kong’s vibrant art scene.
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Contemporary by Angela Li | 248 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Galleries Beyond the Fair: Unveiling Hong Kong’s Art Gems

Hong Kong is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a thriving art scene. Venture beyond the fairgrounds and delve into the city’s diverse network of galleries. Here’s a curated 48-hour itinerary to guide you:

Day 1: Central and Sheung Wan Districts

Central Galleries:

  • 10 Chancery Lane Gallery: Showcasing established and emerging contemporary artists. (10 Chancery Ln, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Anna Ning Fine Art: Specializing in contemporary Chinese art. (Room 101, St. George’s Building, 2 Ice House St, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Gagosian – Hong Kong: Featuring works by world-renowned modern and contemporary artists. (7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery: Specializing in modern and contemporary Chinese art. (10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Lévy Gorvy Dayan – Hong Kong: Showcasing works by blue-chip and emerging artists. (G/F, 2 Ice House St, Central, Hong Kong)
  • MDC Massimo De Carlo: A leading Italian contemporary art gallery with a global presence. (HK Hong Kong Island Central Tai Kwun, Barrack Block Second Floor, Shop 03-205 & 206 No, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Pearl Lam Galleries: A leading Asian contemporary art gallery with a global network. (601 – 605, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Simon Lee Gallery – Hong Kong: Specializing in contemporary art from Asia and the West. (304, 3/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong)
  • Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong: A renowned gallery showcasing established and emerging artists from China and around the world. (10/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong)
  • WOAW Gallery – Hong Kong: Specializing in contemporary art, focusing on international artists. (G07, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong)

Sheung Wan Galleries:

  • Contemporary by Angela Li: Featuring established and emerging contemporary artists. (248 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)
  • Flowers Gallery – Hong Kong: Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary artists. (49 Tung St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)

Sheung Wan Dining Options:

  • Embla: A popular restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients. (11 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)
  • TATE Dining Room: Modern European cuisine focuses on fresh, local produce. (210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Central, Hong Kong)
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Embla | 11 Upper Station St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Day 2: West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wong Chuk Hang Districts

 West Kowloon Museum:

  • M+ Museum: Hong Kong’s new museum of visual culture, showcasing 20th and 21st-century art, design, and architecture from around the world. (38 Museum Dr, West Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Tsim Sha Tsui Galleries:

  • K11 Musea (including Perrotin): An artistic and architectural landmark housing luxury stores, restaurants, and contemporary art galleries like Perrotin. (18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong)

Wong Chuk Hang Galleries:

  • Ben Brown Fine Arts: An international London gallery focusing on modern and contemporary artists. (201, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong)
  • Blindspot Gallery: A platform for emerging and established contemporary artists. (15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong)
  • Rossi & Rossi Wong Chuk Hang: Specializing in contemporary art, focusing on emerging artists. (11/F, M Place, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong)

Insider Tips:

  • Download the “Find Contemporary Art” Google Map to navigate galleries and museums easily.
  • Consider purchasing a multi-day museum pass for discounted entry to various institutions.
  • Many galleries hold special events during Art Week, so check individual websites for details.
  • Hong Kong has many galleries far from the fair, so I suggest staying in the Central district to continue exploring next week. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental and The Murray Hong Kong are two great picks.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong | 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong | Trivago | Booking.com

The Murray Hong Kong | 22 Cotton Tree Dr, Central, Hong Kong | Trivago | Booking.com

The ‘Find Contemporary Art’ Google Map has a yellow pin for Art Basel Hong Kong, numbered blue pins for museums and galleries, and purple icons for hotels and restaurants.

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