Adriana Alvarez-Nichol’s personal guide to Hong Kong Art Week Events

FIRST WEEKEND


Friday, 23rd March


(In)tangible Reminiscence |「觸到的回憶」Iwasaki Takahiro, Jung Yeondoo and Sarah Lai Exhibition | Opening Reception

6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Annex
2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central

Textile and clothing mediate between past and present, transmitting sunken memories through texture. Revisiting personal and collective memories of Hong Kong’s textile and fashion industry, three artists recall the obsolete process of modernisation of the industry by stimulating sensuous and emotional appreciation of fabric of memories through their new works.

Saturday, 24th March

Guanzhou and Shenzen Art Guided Tour | Organized by Times Museum
Saturday – Sunday
*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

A two-day art trip in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Guided tours of leading contemporary arts institutions including Design Society, Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Guangdong Times Museum, Mirrored Gardens, OCT Art & Design Gallery, and OCAT Shenzhen.

ART FAIR WEEK


Monday, 26th March


Harbour Arts Sculpture Park
All day
Harbour front/ Tamar Park
Download the app for a sound guided tour

Art Central 
VIP Private Preview: 2 – 5 pm
First Night: 5 – 9 pm
Central Harbour Front

Art Gallery Night
by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
6 – 8 pm
Across Town. Click here for a map of participating Sheung Wan/Soho/Central galleries and look for the purple moon

Kick off the week at Hong Kong’s Harbourfront by discovering the first Hong Kong Sculpture park before heading to Art Central VIP preview.  Don’t miss Hong Kong’s Kacey Wong “Asteroids & Comets” right in-front of the fair. Visit Puerta Roja and our neighbours at the fair Contemporary by Angela Li and Sundaram Tagore. Finish your day with many gallery openings during Art Gallery Night. See map below for directions and taxi rank locations.

Tuesday, 27th March


Art Basel
Private View2 – 8 pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Women Make Art History
The Guerrilla Girls
Asia Art Archive
Booth P7

Emerald City
K11 Arts Foundation
VIP Opening Reception6 – 8:30 pm
Ground Level, Cosco Tower, 33 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

During Art Basel’s VIP opening make sure to visit the Asia Art Archive booth. For their first new project in East Asia, the Guerrilla Girls examine the status of women at Art Basel itself and in the Hong Kong art world. Their installation at the deploys their signature blend of humour, bold graphics, and statistics culled from online and published sources to call viewers to action, and invites them to contribute with their own observations.
From our stable of artists, you know how much we love Geometric Abstraction, so I’m looking forward to ‘Emerald City’ a group exhibition of more than 40 works bringing to life a cross-section of artistic approaches to rethink and provide an exploration into how geometry influences our imagination.

 Wed, 28th March

Artist Talk: Huang Rui
VIP Talk9:30 – 11am
10 Chancery Lane
Central*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

Since meeting him in Beijing, and together with Wan Keping, Huang Rui is one of my favorite Chinese Avant Garde artists. A leader of the Stars group in the Post Mao area, the talk will be led by the author of The Phoenix Years, Madeleine O’Dea at 10 Chancery Lane.

Museum Talk: The Collecting Institution: Acquisitions and Representations
Agustín Pérez Rubio, Frances Morris, Michael Govan, Juan Andrés Gaitán, Eve Tam and András Szántó3
4 pm Art Basel

This panel discusses how an institution should maintain, build and edit its collection, asking what guidelines exist and how these respond to the demands that arise from specific contexts and needs. Agustín Pérez Rubio, Artistic Director of Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires and Juan Andrés Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City join the Directors of  Tate Modern, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Thursday, 29th March

A beast, a god and a line
VIP Brunch
10 am – 1 pm
Para Site 艺术空间
22F 667 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

Duddell’s | Performance and Party
9 – 11 pm
Duddell’s
Level 3, 1 Duddell Street ,Central
*log in as Art Basel VIP for details

Visit Para Site in the morning. Curated by Cosmin Costinas, this expansive travelling exhibition of 40 works from South and South East Asian artists is woven through the connections and circulations of ideas and forms across a geography commonly called Asia-Pacific. After a revisit to one of the art fairs visit Duddell’s for ‘I Was Not Invited’ by Berlin-based artist Leila Hekmat. A site-specific musical performance, and a development from the initial piece performed at Le Zèbre, Paris and Ballhaus, Berlin. Co-presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi.

LAST WEEKEND


Friday, 30th March


Art Brunch
by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
6 – 8 pm
Across Town
Click here for a map of participating galleries and look for the pink sun

Artist Talk: Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, in conversation with Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, M+
Art Basel11 am – 12 pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Room N101B

One of the most influential contemporary artists in the world, Orozco has mined values from his nomadic engagement in life. Orozco will narrate his experience of inhabiting in Asia and other parts of the world across varying medium. You can view his work at Mexican gallery kurimanzutto as part of Art Basel’s Kabinett sector.

Saturday, 31st Mach

Art After Party | LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia
6:30 – 10:30 pm
Asia Society
Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

If you haven’t seen the fantastic Robert Indiana exhibition at Asia Society, this is your chance to discover it whilst partying the night away with live music, an
Asian food night market and Mumm champagne.

 Sunday, 1st April

SCAD Tours and Children Workshops
Art CentralSeveral timings.
Booking essential.
 Art Central prides itself for its friendly and welcoming approach. In addition to amazing art, the fair organises activities for adults and children throughout. Have a great last Sunday lunch at some pretty amazing restaurants including Le Marche by Philippe Orrico and two of my Hong Kong favourites Beef Liberty and Limewood.