Art Basel Hong Kong announces galleries for 2016

New exhibitors will be joining the 4th edition of Art Basel Hong Kong in 2016.

Art Basel Hong Kong will take place again in March 2016, with a strong line-up of galleries from across the world, including new arrivals, as well as a renewed Asian focus.

Cao Fei, 'Same Old, Brand New', 2015. Commission for Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015. Image courtesy Art Basel.

Cao Fei, ‘Same Old, Brand New’, 2015. Commission for Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015. Image courtesy Art Basel. © Art Basel

Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 (24-26 March 2016) has announced its exhibitors list, which includes 239 galleries from 35 countries and territories presenting art ranging from the Modern period to early 20th century and contemporary artists.

With half of its participating galleries having exhibition spaces in Asia, Art Basel Hong Kong again re-affirms itself as “a showcase for art from the region of Asia and Asia-Pacific”. (PDF download)

New exhibitors at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

The premiere art fair in Asia will welcome its staple of ‘aficionados’ – influential galleries returning to the annual event from their worldwide locations. In addition, the 2016 iteration will see the participation of 28 new galleries, including 18 leading art spaces from Europe and North America – such as Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), In Situ – fabienne leclerc (Paris) and P.P.O.W (New York), among others. Selma Feriani Gallery (Sidi Bou Said, London) will be the first African gallery outside of South Africa to ever join an Art Basel show.

Tiffany Chung, '13 Oct 2013 NY Times/ UNHCR: Syria 4,250,000; Jordan 543,000; Turkey 504,000; Lebanon 790,000; iraq 197,00-; Egypt 126000', 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Tiffany Chung, ’13 Oct 2013 NY Times/ UNHCR: Syria 4,250,000; Jordan 543,000; Turkey 504,000; Lebanon 790,000; iraq 197,00-; Egypt 126000′, 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Among the new entrants are nine galleries from Asia, including:

Among the 187 art spaces in the main Galleries sector, presenting the highest quality modern and contemporary art from across the world, are 14 galleries that are moving from other sectors to the main Galleries part of the fair. These include spaces such as Athr (Jeddah), Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong), Nature Morte (New Delhi), Project Fulfill Art Space (Taipei), Taro Nasu (Tokyo), TKG+ (Taipei, Beijing) and Yavuz Gallery (Singapore).

Farhad Ahrarnia, 'Intuitive Notion of a Rotation', 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Lawrie Shabibi/

Farhad Ahrarnia, ‘Intuitive Notion of a Rotation’, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Lawrie Shabibi/

Insights: curatorial projects

The 2016 insights includes 28 galleries from Asia-Pacific, presenting solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions of work by artists from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey.

Highlights include Stella Zhang’s new body of work at Galerie Du Monde (Hong Kong) that continues on her series “0-Viewpoint”, with sculptural paintings and installations. Arataniurano (Tokyo) will present the performative video work by Tadasu Takamine, who draws attention to the societal effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. At Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London), Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi’s sculptures, video and audio work reflects on her childhood memories.

Wan Lee, 'Product', 2015, C-print, 160 x 210 cm. Image courtesy ourtesy the artist and the gallery.

Wan Lee, ‘Product’, 2015, C-print, 160 x 210 cm. Image courtesy ourtesy the artist and the gallery.

Discoveries: emerging artists

24 galleries will present solo and two-person shows by emerging artists, with five of the exhibitors being new to the show. Among the highlights of the sector is a presentation of Pakistani artist Waqas Khan’s intricate ink drawings by Madrid-based gallery Sabrina Amrani. Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin) showing parts of Wu Tsang’s new body of work “Duilan”, exploring the close female relationship between revolutionary poet Qin Jin and calligrapher Wu Zhiying.

Yusuke Saito, an artist usually known for his sculptures of food, will be presenting boxed collages and resin sculptures surrounding ideas of digestion at Gallery Side 2’s (Tokyo). A joint installation of work by Bangladeshi artist Ayesha Sultana and Indian Rathin Barman will share the theme ‘Sculpting in Time’ at Kolkata’s Experimenter.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015. Image courtesy Art Basel. © Art Basel

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015. Image courtesy Art Basel. © Art Basel

Look forward to…

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of the Sydney’s Artspace, returns to curate the 2016 Encounters sector, presenting large-scale installations throughout the art fair. Li Zhenhua continues his curation of the Film sector, expanding its programme to include feature-length and documentary films.

The BMW Art Journey was launched in 2015 by BMW in collaboration with Art Basel to support emerging artists. The programme will announce its 2016 shortlist at the fair, where the 2015 winner, Hong Kong artist Samson Young, will present the first work from his supported project “For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey Into the Sonic History of Conflict”.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia

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