Need a break from Art Basel? These satellite fairs and special installations may be just the tonic

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Galerie Nächst St Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder at Oi!

Vienna-based Galerie Nächst St Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder is taking over Hong Kong arts space Oi! to unveil a collection of new installations by Romanian artist Daniel Knorr. Famous for his thought-provoking, polarising installations, Knorr produced these new works in his Shenzhen studio exclusively for this presentation.

March 23–May 20, Oi!, 12 Oil Street, North Point, +852 2512 3000

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Asia Contemporary Art Show

The 12th edition of the region’s biggest and longest-running hotel art fair will see more than 80 galleries take over rooms in Conrad Hong Kong, turning beds, chairs and even bathtubs into exhibition spaces. This year’s event features some 2,500 artworks spanning painting, sculpture and photography.

The Intersections series returns, this year with a focus on China, and features works such as ceramic artist Wang Shuhui’s dumpling-inspired sculptures and Yu Chuan’s East-meets-West oil paintings. 

March 23–26, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2811 9015,

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Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

Hong Kong Arts Centre teams up with art hub H Queen’s to transform the Central and Wanchai harbourfront into the city’s first-ever sculpture park. Co-curated by Mori Art Museum director Fumio Nanjo and Royal Academy of Arts artistic director Tim Marlow, the two-month-long affair, which will be free to the public, features sculptures by more than 18 renowned artists, including Mark Wallinger, Yayoi Kusama, Antony Gormley and local artist Morgan Wong.

February 22–April 11, Tamar Park and Central Harbour, Harcourt Rd, Admiralty, +852 2582 0200

See also: First Look At The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

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Art Central

This satellite fair is popular with both the general public and leading international collectors, who are drawn to its mix of established and up-and-coming galleries. This year’s six-day programme is Art Central’s biggest yet, featuring more than 100 leading international galleries, 75 per cent of which hail from the Asia-Pacific region.

At the top of our Art Central hit list? Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya’s new body of work, Sweet Sorrow, is on show at Blue Lotus Gallery, while Galerie Forsblom presents multimedia installations by Tony Oursler alongside multidisciplinary artist Not Vital’s works.

March 27–April 1, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, +852 2174 0322,

See also: Local Talent: 7 Must-See Exhibitions At Hong Kong's Homegrown Galleries

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Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents three concurrent projects around Hong Kong featuring the work of Mark Ryden, the American artist dubbed “the godfather of Pop surrealism”. His whimsical sets and costumes will be on show during American Ballet Theatre’s run of the high art-meets-ballet Whipped Cream at the Cultural Centre, where his new sculpture Dodecahedron – Quintessence 132 will also be on display.

Hungry for more? Head to Paul Kasmin Gallery’s booth at Art Basel, where the gallery is hosting a solo show of the artist’s works.

Whipped Cream: March 22–25; Dodecahedron – Quintessence 132: February 23–March 25, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2734 2009

Exhibition: March 27–31, Booth 3D18, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai

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I Was Not Invited by Leila Hekmat

Those who missed Hekmat’s shows of the same name at Paris’s Le Zèbre and Berlin’s Ballhaus are in luck: the site-specific musical performance has been redeveloped specially for Duddell’s Hong Kong.

Telling a tale of humour and darkness, the one-night-only performance features a song cycle inspired by the literature of Barthes and Mallarmé, Schubert’s scores and Baroque costumes. After the performance itself, an exhibition of Hekmat’s large-scale textile works, costumes and photographs will be on display at the restaurant.   

Performance: 10pm, 29 March. Exhibition: March 29–June 28. Duddell’s Hong Kong, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 9191