Artistic impressions: Art Basel; Song Dong; Fotanian Open Day

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 January, 2013, 11:07am

Barely a month into 2013 and the local culture and arts scene is already abuzz with activities.

Art Basel has just announced details of its first edition in Hong Kong, which will be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre between May 23 and 26. More than half of the 245 participating galleries will be from this region, allaying fears that the annual showcase of international contemporary art - formerly known as the Hong Kong International Art Fair - will lose its Asian flavour.

A couple of influential figures in the art and culture world also passed through town last week: Wim Pijbes, general director of the Rijksmuseum, paid his first visit to this city ahead of the opening of the Amsterdam museum after a decade of rebuilding, renovating and restoration; while the president of the New York-based World Monuments Fund, Bonnie Burnham, gave a talk on heritage conservation for the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Tomorrow, the Asia Art Archive and Mobile M+ (the planned visual arts venue of the West Kowloon Cultural District) will present international artist Song Dong's debut solo exhibition in Hong Kong at ArtisTree. More than 400 members of the public are expected to take part in a work that is part of a larger project, which involves "rewriting" the history of the past 36 years from his personal perspective.

Song is one of the leading contemporary artists in the world and he has been shown at major events and venues including the 54th Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The South China Morning Post will organise a tour on January 26 when the Beijing-born artist will talk the audience through his latest show.

If you missed the "Parade: Invisibles in Japanese Media Arts" exhibition at ArtisTree and the smaller but equally well-curated "Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence" at the Hong Kong Arts Centre - both ended earlier this month, tut-tut - you still have until the end of March to see "Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal" at the Museum of Art, which has quite a few gems (look out for the references to the artist's visit to Hong Kong in 1982).

Today is the last day of this year's Fotanian Open Day, which has been poorly attended. So if you have nothing planned today, go to the studios in Fo Tan and give our homegrown artists some support.