Friday, March 2, 2012

PREVIEW: ART HK 12

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), 17–20 May 2012 (preview 16 May)

The 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival was way better than I imagined. So far, the shows I have seen were very good… well, except for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra… and now that it is almost finished, the question is “what’s next?”


There’s so much to look forward to in Hong Kong and I am not talking about the Hong Kong Chief Executive election… though the production value of it should be quite comparable to Cosi Fan Tutte… I was referring to visual arts. With the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District and its contemporary museum component M+ (first phase scheduled to open in 2016), the renovation of the Central Police Station heritage site to a mid-size exhibition venue (scheduled to open in 2014) and the opening of the Asia Society’s new premises in Hong Kong in February 2012, the city will shortly be home to world class cultural and exhibition venues. This, added to the significant work already conducted by organisations such as Para/Site Art Space, Asia Art Archive and Fotan Open Studios, provides a breadth to the non-commercial aspect of the cultural scene in Hong Kong.

And of course not to forget ART HK, back for its fifth year, ART HK 12 – Hong Kong International Art Fair will take place 17–20 May 2012, preview 16 May, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). ART HK 12. The total number of galleries at ART HK 12 is 266, representing 39 territories. This year, ART HK’s Galleries Section will welcome 180 galleries from 30 different territories. ART HK 12 will also see the return of ASIA ONE, a section which debuted at the Fair in 2011. Forty-nine galleries from across Asia will exhibit a solo presentation by an artist of Asian origin. ASIA ONE offers an international platform to Asian artists and their galleries and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a diverse view of the Asian art scene. ART HK 12 will also see the development of ART FUTURES with changes to ensure the inclusion of the highest calibre of work. The section will present 35 of the world’s most exciting young galleries, showcasing work by emerging artists from around the globe, and once again in 2012, the ART FUTURES prize will be awarded to one artist featured in the section. The ART FUTURES Prize 2011 was awarded to Gao Weigang, for his solo presentation at Magician Space, Beijing.

Since its inaugural year in 2008, ART HK has attracted a rich mix of international galleries, collectors, curators and museum directors, making it the major destination art fair in Asia. ART HK has been simultaneously praised for its commitment to emerging art-world talent and recognised for developing the regional art scene while also welcoming some of the most prestigious galleries from Asia and around the world.

The city already plays host to an important art market; Hong Kong is the third largest auction market in the world after New York and London, and China (including Hong Kong) has recently overtaken the United Kingdom to become the second most important auction market for art and antiques. The arrival of major international galleries including Gagosian Gallery (2011), White Cube in March 2012, Pearl Lam Galleries in May 2012, and Emmanuel Perrotin, Simon Lee and Platform China in spring 2012 has strengthened an already vibrant gallery scene in Hong Kong, and is a reflection that the international art world recognises the importance of Hong Kong as the location to launch their commercial activities in Asia.

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2 Comments:

At March 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Meaghan said...

You prefer Art HK or Art Walk?

 
At March 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM , Blogger SATOSHI said...

Dear Meaghan, thank you for writing :-) I have never been to Art Walk, but based on what I know of it and my experience with ArtHK, they serve very different purposes and audiences thus making them both important for the development of visual arts in HK.

The social aspect in Art Walk is very important, it brings people to the galleries in a friendly leisurely manner. ArtHK, on the other hand, brings the galleries to the people in a more serious professional manner. 

To your question, I personally prefer ArtHK as it is efficient. It brings international arts to me. As an art collector, I rarely bring along friends to the ArtHK, as they tend to get left out once I start bumping into artists or start negotiation with gallerists... Haha! Having said that, I think Art Walk can be a good way to share arts with friends or to find new friends :-)

 

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