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Art attack: Art Basel Hong Kong is the must-attend art exhibition this year

This is the daddy of all art fairs and exhibitions in Hong Kong. In it’s 44th year worldwide, Art Basel Hong Kong opens its doors at HKCEC today, kicking off with arty-party/wine reception Vernissage, your chance to go pinkies-up in the name of art.

Showcased in over 35,000 square meters of space, representing over 100 years of art history, Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 is organized info six distinct sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and new to this year, Film. If you choose one art-related event to get to this year, make it Art Basel Hong Kong.

 

Peking Fine Art | Wang Luyan, ‘W Fire At Both Ends Automatic Hand Gun,’ 2013

Over 120 galleries and 2000 artists from the Asia region, as well as work from Europe, Latin America and Africa, will be represented at Art Basel, offering a wide variety of artwork schemes in the field of mixed media, photography, sculptures, drawings and more.

Making your way through Art Basel can be an intimidating task. We recommend you download My Art Guide Basel Hong Kong to your iPhone or Android to help you navigate through points of interest, artists, galleries, and the overall layout of this art fair.

 

Leo Xu Projects | Cheng Ran, ‘Born in the Wild’

You don’t have to be an art buff to attend. To get the artists’ background and your inside scoop on this year’s exhibits, get to the art salons and discussions taking place all weekend long. And to be really in-the-know about up and coming talent, opt into the Discoveries sector to view work in contention for the Discoveries Prize, a $25K USD prize to further the global platform of one lucky emerging artist.

 

Taka Ishii Gallery | Takashi Ishida, still from “Burning Chair”

What has us really amped this year is the newest sector, Film. Curated by the Founder/Director of Beijing Art Lab, six films will be shown over the three-day event, with screenings taking place at HKAC’s agnès b. CINEMA.

Encounters sector: LONG MARCH SPACE | Wang Jianwei

 

This year’s Encounters sector guarantees there’s no way attendees will pass up large scale sculpture and installation works curated by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary art. But the biggest installation, Carsten Nicolai’s α (alpha) pulse, will be spattered nightly across the entire façade of 490 meter high International Commerce Centre (ICC) on the Kowloon harbour front.


Art Basel Hong Kong, 14 May to 18 May, 2014. Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Centre, Expo Drive, 1, Wan Chai

Tickets are available through HK Ticketing, or can be purchased at the venue:
$850: Vernissage
$250- $300: one day
$450- $550: two day
$700: All four days

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