Art Basel in Hong Kong announces plans for 2013 art fair – press release


Art Basel in Hong Kong, formerly ART HK, just released its plans for its first edition next year, running from 23 to 26 May 2013. Organisers announced the composition of the gallery selection committees and exhibition sectors, which mirror the 2012 edition.

Art Basel Director, Asia, Magnus Renfrew. Image courtesy ART HK.

From the press release,

The Art Basel show in Hong Kong, lead sponsor Deutsche Bank, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Art Basel in Hong Kong will feature more than 250 of the leading galleries from Asia, Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world, presenting more than 2,000 artists. From young emerging talents to the Modern masters of both Asia and the West, the show will trace twelve decades of art history across its four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters. More than fifty percent of the galleries will come from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region – spanning from Turkey, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent to Australia and New Zealand.

The Galleries sector will present 180 leading modern and contemporary art galleries from Asia and across the world, selected on the merits of their gallery programs. The sector will present exhibitions from the 20th and 21st centuries, displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photographs, film, video, and digital artworks.

Insights will present curatorial projects developed by galleries specifically for the show. The sector will exclusively feature galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will present works by artists of those regions, including solo shows, exceptional art- historical material and strong thematic group exhibitions.

Discoveries will provide a dedicated platform for emerging contemporary artists from across the world. Galleries will primarily show completely new work and special commissions for the show, featuring one or two young artists from their gallery program.

Encounters will be dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world. The sector will provide visitors with the opportunity to see works of an institutional scale, presented in prominent locations within the Galleries sectors throughout the two exhibition halls.

Exhibitor applications to Galleries, Insights and Discoveries for the first Art Basel edition in Hong Kong will open on Monday, June 11, 2012. The deadline for submission for all applications is Monday, September 10, 2012. The participating galleries will be announced in January 2013. Applications for Encounters will open early next year, exclusively to galleries who have already been selected to participate in the Hong Kong show.

The newly formed Art Basel Committee, Hong Kong, composed of renowned international gallerists, will select the galleries for the show. The gallerists are:

Committee experts for emerging galleries:

Committee expert for Modern Art:

Magnus Renfrew, Director Asia, Art Basel said: “We want to build on the best of ART HK with Art Basel’s forty years experience and access to a much wider global community, creating together a new show, and a rich and unique experience for visitors. Art Basel in Hong Kong will be clearly defined by its host city and region; fifty percent of galleries in the show will be from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The new sectors are conceived to encourage curatorial focus on the most important developments in the art scene in the last 100 years and today, historical material from Asia, emerging artists, and the most cutting edge art in Asia and from across the world.”

What do you think of Art Basel’s changes to the Hong Kong International Art Fair? Will it still maintain its Asian identity? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.


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