It’s another year of Art Basel, and this second edition in Hong Kong opens its doors to public on the 15th of May 2014, welcoming guests with 245 premier galleries from across 39 counties, with 24 of those having exhibitions spaces in Asia or in the Asia- Pacific region. With 171 Modern and contemporary art galleries taking part, with 20 exhibitions completely new to Art Basel joining in this year; there is also a first time show curated by Li Zhenhua belonging to the film sector, hosted in conjunction with Hong Kong Arts Centre.
There are also three different sectors including the Insights sections dedicated to curatorial projects, the Discoveries sector showcasing emerging stars from across the world and the Encounters sector showcasing institutional large scale pieces at the two exhibition halls. Also with a 3 day screening program happening at the agnés b. CINEMA nearby, Art Basel is filling the city with countless opportunities for artistic discussions.
The Encounters project features a total of 17 ambitious large scale sculptural and installations, featuring performances and works by artists Miyanaga Aiko, Rebecca Baumann, Marta Chilindron, Gu Wenda, Lee Wen, Michael Lin, Tobias Rehberger, Shen Shaomin, Kishio Suga, Sun Xun, Atelier Van Lieshout, Eang Jianwei, Morgan Wong, Xu Qu, Yang Xinguang, Yeesookyung and Yu Cheng- Ta.
Not to mention, there is also extensive talk programs happening throughout the week. Titled Conversations; these morning programs of panels are supported by Absolut, giving audiences a chance to receive first hand information from opinion- formers, cultural speakers from across the world. There is also a shorter presentation form of afternoon talks titled the Salon, which includes artist talks, discussions, lectures as well as book launches.
With names like Nadim Abbas, Chim Pom, Chow Chun Fai, Chu Hing Wah, Fiona Hall, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lam Tung Pang, LAM Laam Jaffa, Lee Kit, Leung Chi Wo, Leung Mee Ping, Liu Kuo- sung, Lo Chi Kit, Ahmed Mater, Carsten Nicolai, The Propeller Group, Fabienne Verdier, Wu Mali, Wu Daarkuen and Xu Tan participating in the Conversations; these legendary artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and critics are sure to provide unique insights and news about latest development in the world of Contemporary Art from different aspects to the audiences. Conversations program takes place daily from the 15th of May 2014 to 17th of May 2014, 10am to 11:30am. The Salon program, will cover topics such as Vietnamese art scene, topics of archiving, and touching on films as an art genre basing on ‘Activism Utopia’. It will be happening also from 15th of May 2014 to 17th of May 2014, 1pm to 7pm on the first two days and 1pm to 5pm on the 17th. Full talk programs are listed at artbasel.com/hongkong/talks.
There will also be an all new audio- visual installation happening across Hong Kong’s skyline each night from May 15th to May 17th 2014. Created by Carsten Nicolai, this Berlin artist brings his light pattern generated by pulse in a synchronized frequency appearance to be projected from the 490 meter high ICC at Kowloon harbor front. Audiences can also participate in the performance by downloading the phone app.
Even though this year’s Art Basel has just kick started, we are already well informed that for next year in 2015; Art Basel will be moving dates to March from the 15th of March 2015 to the 17th of March 2015 for an earlier indulgence with world contemporary art.
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Art Basel 2014
Wan Chai Convention Centre
Thursday 15th of May: 12pm-7pm
Friday 16th of May: 12pm- 9pm
Saturday 17th of May: 12pm- 7pm
Sunday 18th of May: 12pm- 5pm
Written by Joyce Tsang