Olafur Eliasson's Light Matter Collective 2019 on display at Art Basel Hong Kong last year. The event, which drew 88,000 visitors in 2019, has been cancelled this year because of the effects of the coronavirus outbreak centred on China. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Dealers back Art Basel Hong Kong cancellation over coronavirus; Hong Kong galleries see chance for local art to shine

  • ‘Inevitable’, ‘necessary’, ‘the right decision’ – international art dealers back move by organisers to scrap art fair because of fallout from disease crisis
  • Their Hong Kong counterparts, who will proceed with shows scheduled to coincide with Art Basel, regret loss of fair but see a chance to promote the city’s art
Topic |   Art Basel

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Olafur Eliasson's Light Matter Collective 2019 on display at Art Basel Hong Kong last year. The event, which drew 88,000 visitors in 2019, has been cancelled this year because of the effects of the coronavirus outbreak centred on China. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Aaina Bhargava

Aaina Bhargava

Aaina joined SCMP after working as for the online art platform CoBo Social. With a background in art history and emphasis on contemporary art, she has worked for a diverse range of local and international art institutions. She has previously contributed to print and online art/design publications including: Design Anthology, Artomity, Asian Art News, museeum.com, and the Artling’s online magazine.