What to See at Art Basel Hong Kong

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : What to See at Art Basel Hong Kong
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Hong Kong : What to See at Art Basel Hong Kong

With 239 galleries showing in the main galleries alone, it’s difficult to know where to start with Art Basel. One thing I do know is that a fair this big must be seen, so I’ve done the groundwork for you!

Here’s what you need to know about visiting Art Basel Hong Kong:

What’s showing? Emerging artists and modern masters appear at the show. Works include paintings, sculptures, photographic work, illustration and video pieces all from the 20th and 21st centuries.

How is the show divided? In sectors. The Galleries sector presents works in all media from 187 leading contemporary and modern galleries. Insights show work from artists across Asia. Discoveries showcases today’s exciting emerging artists. Encounters is dedicated sculptures and installations on a large school – they’ll have your mouth dropping due to sheer size!

Still too much? Go on a guided tour run by local art space Para Site. Sign up for the one-hour tours (in English, Cantonese or Mandarin) at their booth by Hall 1. More info here

Where is it, and when? Art Basel Hong Kong takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The public is welcome on March 24, from 1 to 9 pm; 25, from 1 to 8 pm; and 26, 11 to 6 pm.

How do I buy tickets? You can buy tickets at the venue. Prices range from HK$250 for a one-day tour or HK$150 concessions to HK$650 or HK$400 for concession for a three-day entry. Children aged 5 and under can enjoy access.

I’m Jenuinely impressed and excited by the buzz Art Basel causes – it’s great to see so many people enthused by art, but you don’t even have to go inside the fair to see fantastic artists in town for the event. Berlin’s Carsten Nicolai will light up the ICC building’s almost-500-square-metre-high façade! Ask my team about these and other places of arty interest…