The 2015 show in Hong Kong was the first to take place in March presenting 233 galleries with exhibition spaces in 37 countries and territories and attracting collectors from across the world.
Due to the March dates 20 leading galleries and many collectors from Europe and the United States attended the show for the first time.
Curated for the first time by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney, the 2015 edition of Encounters presented 20 large-scale sculptural installations. During the show, Art 5 | 5 Basel and BMW presented the first iteration of the BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide.
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An international jury selected the shortlist of three artists showing in Discoveries: Mika Tajima with Eleven Rivington (New York), Trevor Yeung with Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong) and Samson Young with am space (Hong Kong).
Art Basel and the International Commerce Centre (ICC) worked with renowned Chinese artist Cao Fei to present a major new work. ‘Same Old, Brand New’, which references video games from the 1980, was shown across the entire façade of Hong Kong’s ICC on the Kowloon harbor front.
On April 14, 2015 Art Basel appointed Patrick Foret, longtime Head of Sponsorship at Art Basel, as the organization’s new Director of Business Initiatives.