Ongoing travel restrictions mean that 56 galleries who have committed to a booth at the fair will not be able to attend the event in person. These galleries have opted for what Art Basel describes as “satellite booths”, which will be staffed by a representative appointed by Art Basel.
Other galleries have joined forces for “collective booths”. For example, Manila-based Silverlens will share a space with Hong Kong-based Rossi & Rossi and, in one particularly ambitious instance, eight Italian galleries have banded together to take one booth.
To engage with international collectors and art lovers who are unable to make the event, Art Basel is launching Art Basel Live: Hong Kong, a new digital initiative that will include an online viewing room and a programme of special events, such as live broadcasts from the fair and virtual walkthroughs.
Adeline Ooi, director Asia, Art Basel, says: “It has been truly inspiring to witness the ways in which the art world has been adapting to the current circumstances. We are deeply grateful to our participating galleries for their commitment to our show here in Hong Kong this year. Once again, Hong Kong’s institutions and non-profits have offered their full support by putting together a range of programs and events alongside Art Basel Hong Kong.
“We are delighted that we are able to introduce new models that support our galleries, from the satellite booths to the expansion of our digital offerings as a way to amplify the international reach of our galleries with Art Basel Live: Hong Kong.”
Highlights from three sectors of the fair are listed below.
Art Basel in Hong Kong’s Galleries sector is reserved for the world’s leading galleries.
This year’s event will feature some particularly interesting art from Asia.
New York-based Gladstone Gallery is presenting new paintings by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tokyo-based Take Ninagawa is showing pieces by conceptual artist Danh Vō and Seoul-based PKM Gallery is exhibiting work by Lee Bul, who is currently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art.
Seoul-based Arario Gallery is presenting work by Korean artists Kim Kulim, Byungso Choi, and Soun-Gui Kim, who pushed the boundaries of art in Korea in the 20th century by experimenting with new media, imagery and techniques, while Tokyo Gallery + BTAP is showing pieces by the likes of minimalist painter Lee Ufan and dansaekhwa master Park Seo-bo.
Guangzhou-based Vitamin Creative Space will exhibit work by celebrated Hong Kong painter Firenze Lai, who is only in her thirties but has already had her art shown at the Venice Biennale and the New Museum in New York, among many other leading art institutions and events.