After an absence of over two years because of the pandemic, Art Basel is making a comeback in Hong Kong.
The fair will be held from May 21 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). But, bowing to new constraints, it is also going online with a major Art Basel Live section. ABHK will be offering live virtual or guided tours of the event, as well as daily broadcasts filmed at the fair. The Online Viewing Rooms introduced in 2020 will provide access to each of the stands.
This hybrid 2021 edition features 104 galleries from 23 countries and territories. 56 of these, unable to participate in the physical fair due to local regulations, will be present via "satellite stands" run by local staff working at the fair. France is represented by Balice Hertling, Kamel Mennour, Ceysson & Bénétière, Almine Rech and High Art. Unsurprisingly, there are far fewer exhibitors than in previous years, when there could be up to 300. No matter: Asia director Adeline Ooi is delighted with the fair's response to the shift to digital technology and happy to be able to expand the event's international scope through Art Basel Live.
Until now, the fair has very much focused on local collectors, relying on China—the world's no. 2 market for art, and Asia—and its billionaires, which now outnumber those in the US. In addition, Beijing's Star Gallery, Taipei's Mind Set Art Center and New Delhi's Gallery Espace, among others, will move into the main sector this year. Hong Kong dealers are also well represented, with leading names like the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery and Alisan Fine Arts.