By Sofia Jesus
This time I invite you to take a ferry to our neighbouring region. Art Basel is being held in Hong Kong until tomorrow, Saturday, and you art lovers should definitely not miss it.
If you’re not convinced let me start by putting it in numbers. This edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong — the fifth — features nothing less than 241 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions — half of those exhibitors have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asian-Pacific region. It is divided in several sectors, with Galleries being the main one: it showcases “189 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries showing 20th and 21st-century works,” according to the organisers.
But there’s more. You have the Insights sector, which offers solo and curatorial projects from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region especially developed for Art Basel; you have the Discoveries sector, where you can spot “emerging talents from around the world”; you have the Encounters sector that will dazzle you with large-scale sculpture and installation works. There are other sectors — such as Film and Magazines — as well as a series of talks, but I think you got the message.
In Art Basel — one of the world’s largest art shows, founded in Basel in the 1970s and currently held annually in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami — you can walk around seeing what is being done in the art field across the world’s leading galleries, stumble on a work by Basquiat or Miró, or see Picasso and Botero side by side.
mART visited the fair this week — following an invitation by MGM Macau — and I can tell you there is probably more to see than time to do it. Tickets are expensive — HKD400 onsite tomorrow — but well worth the trip. And since you’re in Hong Kong, check out the city’s media for other art events as there is a lot going on there these days. So, get some time off and dive in for some beauty and inspiration. Happy weekend!