Inside Art Basel Hong Kong 2021: See Who Attended The VIP Preview
At a time when large group gatherings seem like a thing of the past, the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong on May 19 was welcomed with open arms by Hong Kong’s art crowd.
The ninth edition of the fair was divided into three sectors: Galleries, Insights and Discoveries, each presenting paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography and digital art that reflected Asia’s rich history, modern and contemporary art, and emerging art from artists and galleries from around the world. Museum shows by Asia Art Archive, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Tai Kwun Contemporary also opened around town.
A total of 104 leading galleries from 23 countries are participating in Art Basel, including 10 Chancery Lane, Alisan Fine Arts, Blindspot Gallery, and de Sarthe Gallery representing Hong Kong, alongside major international players like Gagosian, David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth. For galleries unable to participate due to travel restrictions, the show featured 56 satellite booths as well as the digital initiative Art Basel Live: Hong Kong, which broadcasts the show to a global audience.
“It has been truly inspiring to witness the ways the art world has been adapting to the current circumstances. We are deeply grateful to our participating galleries for their commitment to our show here in Hong Kong this year,” said Adeline Ooi, director Asia of Art Basel, at the opening.
Meanwhile, Suhanya Raffel, museum director of M+, underlined the significance of the event going forward this year: “It’s just wonderful to be here after a year of lockdown. Being out and about and looking at art is absolutely fantastic.” she said.
The ever-so-cool Kevin Poon and Fiona McLeish arrived bang on time, followed by appearances from Kent Ho, SK Lam, Ming Wai-lau, and Julien-Loïc Garin. Tatler had its own booth at the fair to showcase the May cover featuring Year of the Ox, a work created especially for Tatler by Canadian artist Marcel Dzama. Art collectors clamoured to acquire this special edition of the magazine, limited to just 1,000 copies.
However, the day’s headline moment came when Adrian Cheng, founder of the K11 brands, purchased the largest artwork on site: Andrew Luk’s installation, Haunted, Salvaged, which features giant, suspended masses of rotating, pink extruded polystyrene over a sea of spray foam. And that was just Art Basel Hong Kong getting started.
Pascal de Sarthe
Stephen Wong Chun-hei and Joey Ma
Sylvie de Sarthe
Lili Abergel and Lindsay Jang
Federico Tan nd Adeline Ooi
Kyara and Reyna Harilela
Sandy Ip and Nadia Harilela
Marisa Yiu and Eric Schuldenfrei
Calvin Wang and Vincent Raffin
Jacobo Garcia Gil
Arthur de Villepin
William, Marie-Christine and Alastair Louey
Mahnaz Lee and Janice Chan-Choy
Benjamin Vuchot and Claire Hsu
Winnie Chiu and Tung Ho-pin
Horst Julius Pudwill
Karen and Nicholas Chow
Eleanor Lam poses at the Tatler booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2021
James Lie and Tiffany Chan
The May issue of Tatler Hong Kong features artwork created by artist Marcel Dzama. Executive editor Oliver Giles holds the magazine up near the actual piece of art, on display at the David Zwirner booth at Art Basel
André Fu and Fiona Römer
Yenn Wong and Alan Lo
Matt Wan and Sebastian Hue
Amy Li and Vanessa Wu