22 - 23/05/2021
Hybrid Format Delights Art Lovers
After a year of uncertainty and online-only initiatives, the Hong Kong edition of Art Basel opened its doors again at the HKCEC in late May. This was the ninth edition of this world-renowned art event to take place in the city, and 104 leading galleries from 23 countries and regions were selected to take part. And in a new initiative to broadcast to a global audience, 56 satellite booths not able to attend physically were featured online. The hybrid event was thus able to present an overview of the diverse art scenes in Asia and beyond to a truly global audience.
For art lovers in Hong Kong it represented a welcome return to viewing art in situ. Highlights included Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija's presentation of paintings inspired by American 20th-century painter Philip Guston, works from Vietnamese-born Danish contemporary artist Danh Vō, and historical presentations expanding knowledge of pioneering practices ranging from Fernando Zobel to a deep dive into the early experimental artists of the 1970s Korea.