From March 24 to 26, Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 will once again showcase the best art from the Asia-Pacific region. Galleries from around the world are also being offered a platform to bring their high-quality work to Asia, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Following its breakthrough 2015 edition, this year's Art Basel will provide an in-depth look at the region's diversity, through both historical material and recent works by leading and emerging artists.
Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, in partnership with UBS among others, will feature 239 premier galleries from 35 countries and territories, presenting works of the highest quality that range from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today.
The Galleries sector, the main sector of the show, will feature 187 Modern and contemporary art galleries, presenting the highest quality in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and other work.
The Insights sector will be dedicated to curatorial projects by 28 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region; it will feature solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions.
The Discoveries sector will present its strongest showcase of emerging artists so far with solo- and two-person exhibitions presented by 24 galleries.
The Encounters sector will show artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural installation pieces and performances, located in prominent locations throughout the two exhibition halls.
The Film sector returns this year, and this popular programme will be presented in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre adjacent to the HKCEC. The programme will also be expanded to include feature-length and documentary films, with screenings taking place at the HKCEC for the first time.
Alongside these main exhibitions, Art Basel is offering a programme of Conversations and Salon talks. Designed to allow audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practices, the international art world, and the art market, Salon is an open platform for short, often informal talks, panels and performances with a range of speakers representing different aspects of the international art scene.
Art Basel also hosts a Special Event from internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima, presenting his new work Time Waterfall. The large light installation will take place every night from the March 21-26, across the entire façade of Hong Kong’s iconic 490-metre-high International Commerce Centre on the Kowloon harbour front.
Curators for the event include Li Zhenhua for the Films sector, and Alexie Glass-Kantor, for the Encounters sector. Since 1996, Zhenhua has been an active multi-media artist, curator and producer for international and Chinese contemporary culture. He is the founder and director of Beijing Art Lab, a virtual and physical platform for art, research, and exchange. Glass-Kantor is the Executive Director of Artspace Sydney, which supports the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives and research residencies for artists and curators. For more details, visit www.artbasel.com/hong-kong.
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