More than half of the galleries in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center will not have their staff in the field.
Lee Bul, Ready to be vulnerable – a metallized balloon (2015-2016). Metallized film, transparent film, air blower. Approximately 300 x 1700 x 300 cm as installed. A look at Lee Bull’s installation: The Fall at Hayward Gallery, June 1 – August 19, 2018. © Lee Bul. Courtesy: Hayward Gallery, London, Photo: Mark Blower.
In March 2020, Art Basel Hong Kong became one of the first fairs to fall victim to the Covid 19 pandemic. Although the event was canceled and replaced by an online room, the fair will return to its usual location, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center ), from 19 to 23 May this year, two months later than usual.
The ninth edition of the fair will be significantly smaller than the previous edition with only 104 galleries, compared to over 240 in 2019. Of these, 56 cannot attend the physical fair due to local regulations and will participate through what Art Basel calls ‘satellite booths’. These booths will employ locals appointed by Art Basel.
Further accommodations were made, with several galleries sharing cabins. These include: Silverlens and Rossi & Rossi, Meyer Riegger and Sies + Höke, and Antenna Space and Balice Hertling. Eight Italian galleries, including Galleria Continua and Massimo De Carlo, will also share one cabin.
The fair will also be broadcast to a global audience in an initiative called ‘Art Basel Live: Hong Kong’. In parallel with the physical fair, it will include an Internet viewing room, an event program and live broadcasts, and virtual VIP directions from HKCEC and locations across the city.
In addition to 86 galleries in its main sector, Art Basel Hong Kong 2021 will feature eight emerging galleries in its Discovery sector and ten in Insights, featuring curated presentations by historically important artists from the Asia-Pacific region.
In a press release, Art Basel highlighted: Rirkrit Tiravania paintings inspired by Philip Guston at the Gladstone Gallery; Danh Vō and Take Ninagawa; Lee Bull at PKM Gallery; Fernando Zóbel in Galeria Mayoral; and experimental Korean artists at the Arario Gallery. -[O]