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What Not To Miss At Artwork Basel Hong Kong 2024

What Not To Miss At Artwork Basel Hong Kong 2024

Hong Kong Art Month is in full swing, which can only mean one thing – Art Basel Hong Kong is back.

Bringing together 242 leading galleries from 40 countries and territories, Art Basel Hong Kong’s 2024 edition marks the show’s return to pre-pandemic scale, with 65 additional exhibitors participating in the fair compared to last year.

Here are some of the highlights to look out for during the most exciting art fair of the year.

Once Upon A Time by Lí Wei

Encounters

Encounters, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney, will feature 16 large-scale projects by artists from around the globe, under the theme ‘I am a part of all that I have met’. The sector will include 11 must-see works made especially for the fair, a yet-unmatched number since the sector’s introduction back in 2013. Highlights include Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy (2024) by Hong Kong-based artist Mak2, Friendship First (2024) by Singaporean artist Ming Wong and Contingent Spheres (2020, 2022) by South Korean artist Haegue Yang.

Artist Daniel Boyd in his Sydney Studio. Photo: Art Basel

Daniel Boyd at Pacific Place

An off-site Encounters project by Sydney-based, Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd will be on display at Hong Kong’s Pacific Place during Art Basel. Boyd’s artistic creations employ dots as both a visual and conceptual element and explore themes of identity, memory, perception, and history. The project is presented by Kukje Gallery and Station (Melbourne, Sydney).

Kabinett

A record number of 33 galleries will participate in Kabinett, the section for thematic presentations within the galleries’ main booths, with a strong focus on solo projects from the Asia-Pacific region. Highlights will include A Thousand Plateaus Art Space’s (Chengdu) installation by Chinese artist Bi Rongrong, delving into the interplay between patterns from different cities and cultures, the internet, personal memories, and the artist’s surroundings. Yavuz Gallery (Singapore, Sydney) will be presenting new works by prominent Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak, illustrating her long-standing exploration of organic structures and materials, as well as the duality between the sacred and the profane.

Movie magic

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Curated by multi-media artist and film producer Li Zhenhua, Art Basel’s film program will feature ten inspiring screenings and include collaborations with cultural video channel Nowness Asia, as well as Videotage, one of the region’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to video art. Running between March 27-30, the program will take place on-site at the HKCEC. Must-see films include A New Old Play (2021), a story of a prominent clown reminiscing about his life by Chinese filmmaker Qiu Jiongjiong, and Sorry for the Late Reply (2021), a single-channel animation created by Hong Kong artist Wong Ping, drawing from his personal stories and journals.

Murakami is famous for his Superflat post-modern art movement. Photo: Facebook

Conversations

Held in the HKCEC’s auditorium between March 27-30 and curated by Art Basel’s Asia Content Advisor and Editor Stephanie Bailey, Conversations will offer art fans a platform for dynamic dialogues between key members of the worlds of arts and culture. The program features 11 panels and speakers from over 15 countries and territories. Highlights include a discussion between legendary Japanese artists Shinro Ohtake and Takashi Murakami, organized with Art Week Tokyo, in which they will reflect on their relationships with Japan’s shapeshifting capital city. There will also be a panel discussion moderated by Tai Kwun’s Head of Art, Pi Li, where collectors including Uli Sigg will share their approaches to building era-defining collections of contemporary Chinese art.

Source: Prestige Online

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