Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
Art Basel Hong Kong is fast approaching and features the most prestigious galleries and art institutions from around the world. The show focuses on the leading modern and contemporary galleries who showcase their variety of artists from the modern era. The first day is a private view by invitation only, however the show offers three days that are available to the public and you don’t have to be an art professional to attend. Although, you do have to be quick, only Premier Passes are now left.
Art Basel operates in three locations: Basel, Miami and Hong Kong, alongside it’s recently added city location: Buenos Aires. This March (2019), Art Basel will be in Hong Kong from the 29th – 31st demonstrating Asia’s diverse representation of artists who emulate the region’s juxtaposition between cutting edge modernity and rich history. The show will take place in the Convention and Exhibition Centre, close to the Hong Kong Arts Centre and world class galleries.
A full list of the show’s Galleries, Artworks and Artists is available online, however some that you may be familiar with include: Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lehmann Maupin, Pace Gallery and Galerie Perrotin. Artists aren’t just limited to those from the region. Artists are listed from the US, UK and wider Europe, even as far as New Zealand.
Originating in Paris, Perrotin now has spaces that span Asia and participates in many exhibitions and art fairs globally. A stand out piece that I’ve noted is Xu Zhen’s ‘Under Heaven.’ The collection was originally established in 2015, however Perrotin are displaying one of his works in the 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong. Xu Zhen’s pieces have previously been displayed in Art Basel shows, for example in Miami in 2015 & Hong Kong in 2017 both by James Cohen Gallery and Perrotin. Although, his paintings are reminiscent of marshmallows and sweet treats the works are in fact intended as critiques of the Art world and represent his criticism of the superficial nature of the market (if you like this also check out Kwang Young Chun’s piece ‘Aggregation’ displayed by Pearl Lam). Perrotin’s sickly sweet works continue with Daniel Arsham’s ‘Patch 2’ (Cookie Monster), Josh Sperling’s ‘Momma Come Home’ (bright pink swirls) and Mark Ryden’s ‘Pretty Yak’ - a very visually appealing display from Perrotin this year.
Fifth Moon Group
Kwok Hon Sum and Liu Kuo-Sung from the Fifth Moon Group and One Art Group are having their works displayed by Galerie du Monde this year. The Fifth Moon Group represent the pivotal group of contemporary artists who pioneered modern art movement in post-war Taiwan. Kuo-Sung moved to Hong Kong in the early 1970s and continued to influence students at Chinese University. Liu Kuo-Sung’s works represented by Galerie du Monde are landscapes and often show cascading water or snowy mountains. Kwok Hon Sum’s works really play with light and highlight mystical elements within the works. Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 is really offering a mix of contemporary works for all.
Not strictly an exhibitor at Art Basel Hong Kong, but a noteworthy piece set to be installed on the Victoria harbour during the show is “Companion” on KAWS:HOLIDAY. The huge sculpture is set to tour various Asian cities and will be installed in Hong Kong over Art Basel. The artist KAWS is being displayed in Art Basel by Skarstedt Gallery; however, this work is an acrylic painting and although brightly coloured differs from the giant sculpture floating into the harbour! KAWS:HOLIDAY has already visited Taipei and Seoul and is set to continue on it’s South East Asian adventure. Brian Donnelly, the artist better known as KAWS, noted the floating character was meant to encourage the busy people of Hong Kong to relax and take a break to admire the art that is coming to the territory.
Art Basel is the finale of Hong Kong’s Art Month, people from all over the world travel to attend and galleries and artists alike work tirelessly on installation for the event. If you are lucky enough to attend, please don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts? We always love to hear about the pieces that stand out to our followers the most!
Written by Harriet Lodge - Recruitment Resourcer - Fine Art & Gallery Services at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.