Cover Ellen Pao's The Shape of Light, 2022, coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 (Photo: courtesy Art Basel)

The much-loved fair will return to the city in March 2023

Art Basel Hong Kong will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in March 2023, and it is hoping to welcome regional and international visitors in greater numbers again.

It will be the first time the fair is held on a bigger scale since the relaxing of pandemic measures, and will again span across two storeys at the HKCEC. The last time the event was held at this scale was in 2019. For the past two years, the city had seen a much more pared-down version of Art Basel Hong Kong due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

Organisers are anticipating 171 galleries from 32 countries and territories, which is an increase from the 130 exhibitors of 2022 and will allow. Out of those 171 galleries, 21 are new to the fair.

 

New leadership for the fair is in the air as well, as Angelle Siyang-Le—previously Art Basel’s head of development for Greater China and regional head of gallery relations Asia—has been appointed director of Art Basel Hong Kong. Her predecessor, Adeline Ooi, will retain her position as Director of Art Basel, Asia, and will be focusing on the fair’s regional initiatives. 

“We have a strong contingent from Hong Kong, with 32 galleries having exhibition spaces in the city,” says Siyang-Le. In addition to galleries from mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, “[the fair] will also be featuring strong presentations from Southeast Asia and India,” she added.

For the upcoming fair, Art Basel Hong Kong will be bringing back the Encounters and Kabinett sections. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director of Artspace in Sydney, Encounters features large-scale artworks installed within the fair premises. Meanwhile, the Kabinett sector offers thematically curated focused presentations.

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