Book in for meeting of minds in print

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 9 Jan 2019

Tai Kwun Contemporary, the world-class galleries at the restored Central Police Station site in Central, is launching what is hoped to be a regular new event.

The event, Booked: Tai Kwun Contemporary's Hong Kong Art Book Fair, is this weekend and, as the name suggests it's a fair focusing on art books and publications.

The publications on show are not just books and magazines about art but also materials actually created as works of art in their own right.

Over 50 publishers and booksellers will be exhibiting items. Roughly a third will be from Hong Kong, another third from Asia (including the mainland, the Philippines, Japan and Korea), and the rest from the United States and Europe.

It will also feature several displays by local visual artists and several musical performances plus seminars and other activities.

This is going to be one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind in Asia, and the plan is to make it an annual gathering for creators and publishers to engage with a wider public. Hopefully, it will join many of Hong Kong's other arts festivals and fairs and develop into a significant regional and international date on the cultural calendar.

The show takes place on January 11-13 and admission is HK$20 and HK$$10.

If you haven't been to Tai Kwun Contemporary, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, this would be a good opportunity to see this important new exhibition space. For details, see www.taikwun.hk

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

standard@bernardchan.com

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