Mar 21, 2019

A Tale of Two Art Programmes: Art Basel & Art Central


Hong Kong, Asia’s Global City, is home to a lot of diverse activities. 


Hong Kong as a city has always been a patron of the arts. Producing homegrown talent and sourcing artists from around the world as well, Hong Kong art galleries are far more mesmerizing than those in most other parts of the world. 


At the end of March 2019, there’s not one, buttwomajor art programs, with festivities stretching on from March 27 to 31. Both shows form a major platform in showcasing the brilliant works and minds of artists from around the world.


These two programs are Art Central and Art Basel. Here’s everything you need to know about the critically acclaimed programs.


Art Basel



Hosted at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Art Basel will feature top artists from Asia and around the world. However, with a laudable commitment to the host region, there are more exhibition spaces dedicated to Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. 


The show is divided into six sectors:



Galleries: Presenting art from the world’s top modern and contemporary art galleries. It will feature sculptures, paintings, photographs, film, video and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st century.


Insights: Specifically featuring artists from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the careers of artists from various periods ranging from the 1900s to the present day.


Discoveries: Aimed at providing a platform to up-and-coming contemporary artists in the early phase of their career. It’s the best place to discover exciting new talent.



Kabinett: Presenting curated exhibitions in specific sp aces with the objective of highlighting various perspectives via themed group exhibitions and solo displays for up-and-comers.



Encounters: A platform for the world’s leading large-scale sculptors, featured in prominent locations around the exhibition halls.


Film: An exciting series of short films and screenings, by and about the artists.


Art Basel will also host ‘Conversations’, a series of talks regarding the global contemporary art scene. Get to know unique perspectives of art, creating art and the influence it has worldwide, and how it's inculcated into today’s society.


Date: March 29 to 31, 2019

Venue: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Tickets: Buy here


For more information, visit here.


Art Central:



Hosted at the Central Harbourfront Event Space, the critically acclaimed Art Central will bring you four days of a diverse range of programs, featuring the 107 top galleries from 22 countries. Over 30 of these exhibitors are debuting at Art Central. 


The programs are divided as follows:


Performance x 4A: For the fifth consecutive year, 4A Centre of Contemporary Asian Arts returns to Art Central, featuring four unique contemporary artists from the Asia-Pacific region. The sessions are interactive and feature great performances. It's the perfect place to understand different perspectives.



Galleries: Galleries from the world's top cities, including Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Madrid and Sydney, will be featured throughout the space.



Projects: A platform to showcase large-scale and unconventional sculptures. It features Angela Yuen and Cheuk Wing Nam (Hong Kong), Heri Dono (Indonesia), Le Giang (Vietnam), Phuk (Singapore) and Seungan Cha (South Korea).


Talk X Asia Society: The most exciting, interactive part of Art Central, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre brings to you talks from acclaimed global artists Imran Qureshi, Natee Utarit, Christine Ay Tjoe, and Fang Lijun. Each speaking individually, they’ll enlighten you and the audience on the concepts of their art, the motivation, the emotion and everything else you want to know! These four talks take place on March 30.


James Prosek and Zheng Chongbin will deliver talks on environment, light & space on March 28 and 29, respectively.



Dates: March 27 to 31

Venue: Central Harbourfront Event Space

Tickets: Buy here


For more information, visit here.


While in many cases it can be difficult to know which program to choose to attend, the flexible dates and wide range of events, in this particular case, will allow you to visit both. Make sure to spend at least two days at each exhibition to get a full feel of what you're witnessing. Lose yourself - and find yourself - in the artistic greatness all around you!


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