Art Basel Hong Kong details announced

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Art Basel has announced details of its second edition in Hong Kong, taking place Thursday, May 15, to Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will feature 245 premier galleries, from 39 countries and territories. With over half of its galleries having exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region – including 24 galleries with exhibition spaces in Hong Kong – Art Basel underlines its commitment to showcasing the best art from the region.

For the first time the show will include a Film sector, curated by Li Zhenhua, and hosted in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Galleries, the main sector of the show, will present 171 modern and contemporary art galleries. Returning galleries will be joined by 19 exhibitors who will be new to the Art Basel show including: Anna Schwartz Gallery, Applicat-Prazan, Brame & Lorenceau; Galleria Franco Noero; and Grieder Contemporary.

The Insights section of the show will be dedicated to curatorial projects by 47 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will feature solo shows, historical material and thematic group exhibitions. Insights will provide an in-depth overview of art from across the region with featured artists from Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan and more.

The Discoveries sector will present emerging stars from across the world with solo and two person shows from 27 galleries. Highlights will include: 55, Shanghai, who will give over their booth to Qingtai Hu as a working studio; Hannah Berry Gallery, London, presenting mobile sculptures by James Capper, including a four-legged walking machine; and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, presenting sculptural video installations by Taro Izumi.

The Encounters sector will show artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces curated by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

The show will also include an extensive talks program, Conversations, which offers audiences first-hand access to renowned cultural speakers and opinion formers from across the international art world.