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Art Basel

Art Basel stages global Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel supports the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.

Art Basel Hong Kong wows ‘the sophisticated’

A sculpture installation by Wang Luyan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Art aficionados flooded the last day of Art Basel Hong Kong's exhibition with some galleries reporting million-dollar sales thanks to "more sophisticated" visitors.

Monday, 19 May, 2014, 6:34pm 1 comment

Keep focus on art, not the market, artists told as Art Basel comes to town

Chow Chun-fai says the development of HK's scene "is not dependent on the number of local artists who make it to the fair". Photo: Nora Tam

With Hong Kong besieged by Art Basel, some of the city's artists are warning their contemporaries not to get carried away in the pursuit of commercial success.

17 May 2014 - 4:15am 4 comments

The best of Art Basel revealed: New boys sit alongside Old Masters

A visitor to Art Basel admires Picasso's Femme dans un Fauteuil (Woman in an Armchair) at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Newcomers to Art Basel Hong Kong are hoping to make a big impression by bringing out some of the biggest names in the art world - Picasso, Renoir and Zao Wou-ki.

16 May 2014 - 11:55am

Art Basel in Hong Kong brought forward to avoid a clash with the Swiss show

British artist Tracy Emin’s neon piece ‘My Heart Is With You Always’ is projected onto the Peninsula Hotel on May 15. Photo: Edward Wong

Stirring the art world with a change of dates, Art Basel's second edition in Hong Kong takes place earlier than last year's premier event, from today through Sunday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

15 May 2014 - 11:08pm

Conversations and Salon series added to Art Basel Hong Kong

Artist's Collective of Tokyo will be featured in today's session 'Film Talk: Activism Utopia'. Photos: Art Basel

This extraordinary art show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is bringing, for the first time, Art Basel's popular educational programmes, Conversations and Salon. Sessions for both programmes take place in the auditorium

15 May 2014 - 9:58am

Director Philip Tinari bridges physical divide through words

Philip Tinari says sessions are a way of sharing what a museum is doing with the audience that might not find its way onto the premises.

In the "Conversations and Salon" segment of this year's Art Basel in Hong Kong, Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, located in the 798 Art Zone, is engaged in two of the Salon events, that are open to VIP cardholders and those with tickets.

15 May 2014 - 9:56am

Local galleries set to shine at Art Basel Hong Kong

Galerie Perrotin is highlighting artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Art Basel is known for attracting international galleries that boast long track records and have earned worldwide respect and faithful buyers. These galleries bring in the works of world-renowned artists and often let collectors have the first look at new works.

15 May 2014 - 9:52am

Morgan Wong highlights urgency of Hong Kong returning to Chinese rule

Morgan Wong is aware of the passing of time. Photo: Chan Yan

Part of the attraction of art fairs is encountering the unexpected. The "Encounters" segment of Art Basel Hong Kong is designed to provide plenty of surprises. Visitors to both halls of the fair are greeted by 17 ambitious, large-scale projects comprising startling sculptural installations and engaging performances.

15 May 2014 - 9:51am

Chefs show off artistic side for Art Basel

The recently-opened restaurant Bibo showcases works by renowned international street artists.

Art fever hits Hong Kong this month, with a slew of local and international festivals taking place around the city, including the star attraction, Art Basel Hong Kong.

The event has also drawn in some of the city's top chefs, who are creating their own masterpieces.

15 May 2014 - 9:49am

Artists' creativity captured on film as Art Basel goes behind the scenes

Yukihiro Taguchi EIN/DRUCK (Lisbon), 2011, video.Photo: Mujin-To

In addition to all the art, paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, installations and performance art, Art Basel Hong Kong is launching a sector dedicated to films by and about artists. The 49 films by 41 artists, representing 30 galleries, will be screened at the agnès b. cinema in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, across the street from the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

15 May 2014 - 9:47am

Bill Brandt leaves picture-perfect legacy - and it's on show Art Basel Hong Kong

Gull's Nest, Skye, 1947, is among a collection of photographer Bill Brandt's works that is being shown by the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Bill Brandt is regarded as one of the masters of 20th-century photography. The German-born, London-based photographer was known for his portraits - which included Francis Bacon, poet Ezra Pound and novelist Graham Greene - and his landscapes, his reportage of London during the blitz and his nudes.

15 May 2014 - 9:43am

The respect for artists is higher in China, says Liu Kuo-sung, pioneer of Chinese modern art

Liu Kou-sung

At age 82, Liu Kuo-sung, known as the father of Chinese modern ink paintings and pioneer of Chinese modern art, has no intention of hanging up his brushes anytime soon.

"I paint every day at night," says the artist as we sit with his wife in the reception area at host gallery Galerie du Monde in Central.

15 May 2014 - 9:41am

VIPs and exhibitors profit from concierge partnership at Art Basel

Emma Sherrard Matthew. Photo: Jonathan Wong

For a second consecutive year, Quintessentially Lifestyle is the official concierge partner for Art Basel Hong Kong, bringing its award-winning luxury concierge service and support to the event's VIPs and exhibitors for a full 60 days.

15 May 2014 - 9:37am

Your guide to emerging artists in Hong Kong's galleries and studios

Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan is a former slaughterhouse. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Convention and Exhibition Centre isn't the only arty arrow to the city's creative bow this week. It is worth checking out some of Hong Kong's emerging artists in various galleries and studios around town, including the newly opened PMQ at the site of the old Police Married Quarters, where artists and designers can thrive.

15 May 2014 - 9:35am

Renowned French photographer Gérard Rancinan brings CHAOS to Art Basel

Opera Gallery presents 'CHAOS', a project installation which includesThe Feast of the Barbarians, as part of Art May.

Until the end of the month, Opera Gallery Hong Kong presents "CHAOS", a project installation by renowned French photographer Gérard Rancinan.

15 May 2014 - 9:32am