Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 will be opening on March 31 and it will be featuring 242 top galleries originated from 36 different countries. The yearly event will be presenting a diverse and multicultural artistic atmosphere in Asia.
The theme of the exhibition this year is is “Still We Rise,” and the event will be curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor (the current executive director of Artspace, located in Sydney). This event arrived at Hong Kong six years ago, being only held in two locations, including Basel, Switzerland, and Miami. For three days a showcase of the best of art will give a new life to HK.
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The galleries that will be attending the event come from different places such as Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Of the 242 participants, 21 of them will be showing up for the very first time, among them Luhring Augustine (New York), Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin and Paris) and Paula Cooper Gallery (New York). Aside from that, 25 galleries from Hong Kong will also be there.
Among other different artists whose work participants will be able to see first hand are Jose Davila, Latifa Echakhch, Elmgreen & Dragset, Simon Starling, Pinaree Sanpitak, Chiharu Shiota among many others.
There are several sectors to check out during the event. The section of the event that is the one that most people want to see is without a doubt the Galleries which present art from the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries (including pieces such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video, and digital artworks).
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This year one of the first work in the gallery passage is “Willing To Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon” by Lee Bul, which consists of a replica of a 10-meter Zeppelin. There will also be an installation to continue Jose Davila’s ongoing series “Homage to The Square”, featuring a dynamically moving sculpture that will be moving slightly and refracting color as the participants move through it.
Aside from that you can also see the Insights section (which presents precisely-curated projects highlighting artists), the Discoveries section (the section which allows emerging contemporary artists to showcase their exciting new projects), the Kabinett section (where participants have their curated exhibitions in an architecturally delineated space within their booths), the Encounters section (which will be presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world) and the Film section (where, as the name indicates, there will be a diverse program of short films and special screening which are produced by or about many artists).