Art Basel 2018

Six of Art Basel Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable artworks – and where to find them

From an oversized puppy to a hypnotic floating cloth, these six installations will have you scrambling for your camera in your rush to upload

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 7:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 7:17pm

Tens of thousands of art fans, collectors and socialites are expected to flock to the convention centre in Wan Chai from Thursday, as Art Basel Hong Kong opens its doors to the public for three days.

The largest event of its kind in Asia, the fair features almost 250 leading modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world.

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There will be plenty of selfie and Instagram opportunities at the sixth edition, but to make it easier, we’ve listed six artworks that will truly pop on your social feeds – and where to find them:

Shinji Ohmaki – Liminal Air Space-Time (2018)

This stunning installation features a giant translucent cloth floating in space, morphing into different shapes while seemingly carried by the air. The hypnotic movements are designed to put you into a trance and leave you spellbound.

Find it on Level 3, Encounters E7.

Jeff Koons – Bluebird Planter (2010-2016)

American pop art superstar Jeff Koons is best known for his offbeat balloon dog sculptures, but this breathtaking piece shows a more refined side to his work. The giant stainless steel sculpture of a bird with live flowering plants on its back certainly caught the attention of an army of selfie-takers when we visited – so be prepared for a crowd.

Find it at David Zwirner, booth 1C20.

Song Dong – Bottle Rack Big Brother No. 2 (2016)

Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s series of household objects turned into high art, Korean artist Song Dong transforms old liquor bottles into a chandelier of brightly lit surveillance cameras for an installation that’s strangely beautiful – and creepy.

Find it at Pace, booth 1C22.

Olafur Eliasson – Concave sun (2017)

This Danish-Icelandic artist is well-known for drawing inspiration from the natural elements, and Concave sun is no exception. The slowly rotating glass and steel sculpture is housed in a room lit with warm orange light, creating an otherworldly halo effect.

Find it at Neugerriem-Schneider, booth 1B18.

Yoshitomo Nara – Your Puppy (2016)

The cult Japanese artist has a few quirky sculptures showing at Art Basel, but none are as playful as this giant fibreglass puppy, which is both whimsical and menacing in its size.

Find it at Blum & Poe, booth 1B19.

Dinh Q Le – Gardens on the Move (Vendors), (2018)

Inspired by the roving plant vendors of Vietnam, this whimsical installation seems to be made for Instagram. Lê, who is Vietnamese American, is best known for his woven photographs inspired by traditional Vietnamese mat-weaving techniques.

Find it at PPOW, booth 3C32.