Art Basel mixes and matchesLocal | Bernard Charnwut Chan 12 May 2021
A highlight of the art calendar, Art Basel, returns this month with a new hybrid format, combining an in-person event with a digital initiative for the 2021 show.
Art Basel Hong Kong will spotlight premier art galleries from Asia and beyond, showcasing the Asia-Pacific's extraordinary diversity through modern and contemporary artworks.
Art Basel has announced that 104 galleries from all over the world will participate in this year's event. Due to travel restrictions, 56 of the 104 galleries will be joining as "satellite booths," staffed by representatives appointed by Art Basel.
The fair will be divided into three main sectors: galleries, insights and discoveries.
Galleries will be the main area of the fair. It will feature works from the world's leading galleries. Guangzhou-based gallery Vitamin Creative Space will display works by acclaimed Hong Kong painter Firenze Lai.
Insights will focus on curated pieces that explore Asia's art history.
And discoveries will present solo shows from emerging artists. Capsule Shanghai gallery will exhibit pieces by renowned Hong Kong artist Leelee Chan, who drew international attention last year as a recipient of the BMW Art Journey Prize.
The physical art fair will also be accompanied by Art Basel Live: Hong Kong, a new digital initiative aimed at collectors and viewers who cannot attend in person. This will include online viewing rooms, virtual walkthroughs and live broadcasts from the event.
Art Basel Hong Kong will be held from May 19 to 23, with public viewing days May 21 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Don't miss the chance to experience the world's premier art fair at its only stop in Asia.
Visit www.artbasel.com/hong-kong for more information.
Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.