Art Basel recently concluded its 2023 edition in Hong Kong with brisk sales across all levels of the market.
The show celebrated its ten-year anniversary in the city and featured 177 galleries from across the world, with an increase in participation from 130 galleries in 2022. The show brought together museum directors, curators, and patrons from over 100 international museums and institutions. Over two-thirds of the participating galleries had exhibition spaces in the Asia Pacific region, including 33 galleries with exhibition spaces in Hong Kong. Encounters extended beyond the show floor for the first time, showcasing a large-scale inflatable sculpture of King Tut by Awol Erizku in Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.
Beyond the HKCEC, Hong Kong residents and international visitors enjoyed Pipilotti Rist’s site-specific moving image work ‘Hand Me Your Trust’ projected on the facade of M+. Additional public programming included the Film program at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, featuring 29 video works curated by multimedia artist and producer Li Zhenhua, as well as special screenings curated by Videotage and Ghost 2565. Conversations, curated by author and editor Stephanie Bailey, featured 15 roundtable discussions and more than 85 speakers on topics such as art and mental health, solidarity beyond feminism, art after Sinofuturism, Cantopop and performance, and many more. Both Film and Conversations were free to the public.
Galleries from across the globe commented on their return to or debut at the fair, with many expressing their delight at the vibrant cultural program and palpable energy of the city. The fair reinforced its pivotal role in the region, uniquely bridging the arts scenes across Asia and beyond, and demonstrated Hong Kong’s uncontested position as the leading art market hub in Asia and its critical importance within the global trade.
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