Art Basel's fourth edition in Hong Kong: a record year at all levels
This year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong attracted over 70,000 visitors, among them directors, curators, trustees and patrons from over 100 leading international museums and institutions. The show, featured a new floorplan, spotlighting strong performances by galleries from Asia and the West.
Confirming Art Basel’s standing as the leading international art fair in Asia, galleries across all sectors reported strong sales throughout the week. Despite recent doubts surrounding the robustness of the international art market, Art Basel proved that there continues to be strong demand when high-
galleries worldwide is presented to an audience of highly engaged collectors and museum directors. The continuing expansion and sophistication of the collector base from Asia's many regions was widely noted by gallerists.
This year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, whose Lead Partner is UBS, offered its visitors 239 galleries with exhibition spaces in 35 countries and territories. Over half of the galleries have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-
and rearranging the distribution of smaller and larger galleries across both halls created a more balanced floorplan that ensured visitors navigated the show more extensively.
28 galleries exhibited at Art Basel in Hong Kong this year for the first time, including 18 leading Western galleries, alongside nine key Asian galleries and Selma Feriani Gallery from Tunisia. Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong is a unique presentation of the art scenes that are developing across Asia and the Asia-
quality, as well as leading contemporary art by international artists. This year’s edition also saw the return of an ambitious Encounters sector comprising 16 large-
The show was attended by over 70,000 visitors, a new record for Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Gallerists reported meeting many new collectors from across Asia and the West, including representatives from museums who had visited the show for the first time. Directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading museums and institutions came to the show including 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; Long Museum, Shanghai; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; National Gallery Singapore, Singapore; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Participating galleries spoke positively of their experience at this year’s show in HongKong:
‘This was certainly our most successful Hong Kong fair ever, with a super positive response from collectors all over the region, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei. We were fortunate to have Belgian artist Michaël Borremans join us in Hong Kong for the week, where he entrusted us with five new
paintings for the fair, which were all sold within the first few hours.’
David Zwirner, Founder, David Zwirner, New York, London
‘This year’s show has been one of the best fairs in Pace’s 55-
Arne Glimcher, Founder, Pace, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Menlo Park, New York
‘This year has been another incredible edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The show impresses every year, but this year in particular, we’ve consistently sold work by both our Asian and Western artists.’
Pearl Lam, Founder, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore
‘It’s particularly rewarding to see real engagement with the artists we have been showing here for a number of years. Our clients from Taiwan and Korea were all at the fair, and we’ve made some important new contacts with significant collectors and institutions from China and Malaysia.’
Polly Robinson Gaer, Executive Director, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Pantin, Salzburg
‘We are thrilled about the fair this year as all the works on the booth have been sold. We brought younger artists like Peng Wei for the first time, which also received a great response. Apart from collectors from Mainland China, Europe and Taiwan, buyers from Philippines and Indonesia are particularly strong this year as well.’
Tina Keng, Executive Director, Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Beijing
‘This is only the second year we are exhibiting at Art Basel in Hong Kong and the response we have received this year has been beyond positive. We have met a number of Asian collectors, but also institutions and museums. The fair within itself is impressive, and we have noted how in just a year visitors are so much more informed.’
Regina Fiorito, Director, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
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