Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019
Highlights from Kabinett, Film and Conversations in Hong Kong
• Kabinett sector to feature work by Pacita Abad, Lee Bul, Bagyi Aung Soe, Wang Pan-youn and Yoo Youngkuk, among others
• Film program, inspired by today's sociopolitical climate, to place a special focus on acclaimed Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong
• Conversations program to include talks with leading artists such as Juliana Huxtable, Sonia Khurana, Isaac Leung, Ellen Pau, Victoria Sin, Melati Suryodarmo, Wu Tsang and Danh Vō, among others
• Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Opening in three weeks, the 2019 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong welcomes 242 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories. Alongside a robust roster of returning galleries, this year's show features 21 galleries participating for the first time. With over half of the exhibitors having gallery spaces in Asia and the Asia Pacific, Art Basel’s Hong Kong show reinforces its ongoing commitment to the region. In addition to showcasing exceptional art from Asia and across the globe within its Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters sectors, the show also presents carefully curated exhibitions in the Kabinett sector, an ambitious Film program, as well as the fair's renowned talks series Conversations.
Providing galleries with an opportunity to present curated exhibitions in separately delineated spaces within their booths, this year’s Kabinett sector will include 21 conceptual presentations by established and emerging artists, with a particularly strong focus on artists from Asia.
• ‘The Realm of Solitude’ by Taiwanese artist Wang Pan-youn at Tina Keng
• Kukje Gallery’s presentation of oil paintings made from 1964 onwards by Yoo
Youngkuk, one of the founders of Korean abstraction
• An introduction of important works by Filipino artist Pacita Abad at Silverlens
• Gajah Gallery’s presentation of paintings by the late Burmese artist Bagyi Aung
Soe, whose legacy challenges art history's prevailing narratives and frameworks
• New works by Korean artist Lee Bul at Lehmann Maupin
For the full gallery list and further details on the artists featured in Kabinett, please visit artbasel.com/hongkong/kabinett.
For its sixth edition, multi-media artist and film producer Li Zhenhua brings together 27 film and video works inspired by the current sociopolitical climate.
• A selection of films on accomplished Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong, including the
premiere of ‘On the Riverbanks of Berlin’, a documentary by Yang Bo about Liu’s 2018 site-specific project in Berlin; ‘Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy’ directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, looking into the artist's practice; and the 2006 documentary ‘Dong’ by Chinese director Jia Zhangke, which was screened at the 2006 Venice International Film Festival and the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
• ‘Spring Fever’ by Lou Ye, which won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009
• The Short Film Program ‘Missing Police’, comprised of three short films by Beijing-based artist and director Ju Anqi: ‘Big Character’, ‘Drill Man’ and ‘A Missing Policeman’, each portraying the 1960s, 1980s and the present in China.
For the full film program and screening information, please visit artbasel.com/hongkong/film.
Free to the public and programmed by writer and editor Stephanie Bailey, this year's Conversations program features 22 panels, bringing together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world.
• The Premiere Artist Talk featuring Ellen Pau in conversation with Isaac Leung
• Danh Vō and Doryun Chong discussing how celebrated artist Isamu Noguchi’s
practice informed Vō's current exhibition at the M+ Pavilion
• A conversation between Juliana Huxtable, Sonia Khurana, Victoria Sin and
Melati Suryodarmo, moderated by Wu Tsang, focusing on the practice of
• A collaboration with Art Asia Pacific, celebrating the art magazine's 25th
anniversary with a series of daily panels that revisit and examine contemporary art in Asia in the 1990s from curatorial, institutional, technological and commercial perspectives
• Curators of recent exhibitions anchored to the geography of Asia discussing the exhibition format as a mode of map-making that seeks out new understandings, perspectives, and dis/connections in a region composed of many regions. Speakers include Joowon Park, Hsieh Feng-Rong, Pauline J. Yao, Shirley Surya, Natasha Ginwala, and moderated by Qinyi Lim.
For the full Conversations program, please visit artbasel.com/hongkong/conversations.