ART – Full Lowdown & Map for Hong Kong Art Week 2013

Hong Wrong will be reporting from all of the main art fairs this week. Below is the only fully comprehensive, unbiased summary of the all week’s ‘Off Basel’ events. Scroll down for a map. Click here for previous coverage.

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Art Basel: Thursday 23rd, May until Sunday 26th. Noon till 7pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and noon to 5pm on Sun.
Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai. HK$250 or $150 concessions for one day or 4 days is HK$750/$450 via HK Ticketing.

ART HK is re-branded as Basel HK this year. Over 250 galleries from 35 countries will be divided into four areas with free talks throughout the weekend. One of the highlights will be the launch of a book about HK graffiti artist, The King of Kowloon… Intelligence Squared Asia will also host a live debate on the motion, ‘The market is the best judge of art’s quality.’ on Friday, May 24th. Unmissable.

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Asia Contemporary Art Show: Thursday 23rd, May until Sunday 26th. 12:30pm – 8:30pm Fri/Sat/Sun.
 J.W. Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway. HK$120 (VIP $240). 

Two floors of the JW Marriott will showcase works from new and emerging artists from around Asia and the world. Highlights include Shen Jindong’s paintings of soldiers and the red-lipped girls of Attasit Pokpong. As odd as it is to encounter sculptures in hotel bathrooms, it’s a refreshing change from huge hangar-like venues or tiny galleries.


Wun Dun: Wednesday, May 22nd till Saturday May 25th. 5pm-2pm each day.
Below The Fringe Club, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. Free, 18+.

Wun Dun is a one-man show featuring artworks from the twisted mind of HK artist Adrian Wong. It features some of his animatronic pieces along with live musical performances, DJ sets and cocktails designed by Wong himself.

Hong Kong Contemporary 13: Saturday, May 25th until Monday, May 27th. Noon till 8pm each day.
The Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay. $50 or $20 for students.

Hong Kong Contemporary has a focus on modern pieces with leisurely viewings and affordable prices. Korean actress Ku Hye-sun will be presenting her work.

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Chai Wan Mei Open Studios: Friday May 24th till Sunday May 25th. 11am-5pm each day.
Various industrial buildings in Chai Wan, free shuttles from Basel HK. Click for map and guide. Free.

The Chai Wan creative community is opening its doors again this year. It is a chance to learn about the city’s indigenous art scene and see some of the artist’s studios in Chai Wan’s old industrial buildings. Paola Sinisterra will be presenting items from her own fashion label, Tangram.


Hong Kong Eye: now until Friday, May 31st, 11am-7pm daily.
1/f Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Island East. Free.

A new showcase of 24 local artists, Hong Kong Eye is a smaller version of an acclaimed exhibition put together by Saatchi Gallery in London last year. Featuring Wilson Shieh and Justin Wong.


Inflation @ Mobile +: – now until Sunday, June 9th. Noon-7pm Tue-Thur, 11am-8pm Fri-Sun, 10am-8pm during Art Basel. Closed Mon.
West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade. Free.

A collection of inflatable art pieces – some interactive. Featured artists include Cao Fei (China), Choi Jeong Hwa (South Korea), Jeremy Deller (UK), Paul McCarthy (USA), Jiakun Architects (China) and Tam Wai Ping (HK). Click here for Hong Wrong coverage (spoliers) – the bouncy castle is fantastic fun.


Asia International Arts & Antiques Fair, Friday May 24th – Sunday, May 26th.
Grand Rotunda, 2-3/F, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. $50 on the door, free buses from the MTR.

Like Basel HK, this is a trade fair, as opposed to an exhibition. Buddha statues, bronzes, musical instruments, rare books and jade pieces will attract over 7,000 buyers during the two-day event.

Link Art Fair: Friday May 24th until Sunday May 26th, 11am-8pm Fri/Sat and 11am-6pm Sun.
China Merchants Wharf, 18 Sai Ning St., Kennedy Town. $100 at the door.

A new international contemporary art showcase for Kennedy Town building on previous events in Geneva, Milan and Miami. Endorsed by the Italian consulate and featuring street art, public art and even video game art.

Bank Art Fair: Thursday, 24th May till Sunday, 26th May. 5pm-8pm Thurs, 1pm-8pm Sat.
Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel, 41-42/F, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central.

Mostly showcasing affordable art works from up and coming Korean artists. More than 50 galleries are exhibiting on the 41st and 42nd floors. Free shuttle buses from Admiralty and the Convention centre.


Para Site – ‘A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, Ghosts, Rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong Story: Now until Saturday July 20th, Wei Wei exhibition until Sunday May 26th.
G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan and at nearby Civic Centre. Free.

Beginning with the SARS crisis, this exhibition traces how the events of 2003 and the years that followed shaped contemporary culture and the politics of Hong Kong. Ai Wei Wei’s Baby Milk Scandal piece is at a separate site until Sunday only. Click here for Hong Wrong’s coverage (spoilers).

Asia Week Hong Kong, various times/locations across HK.

An effort to bring together 27 galleries from across town, in conjunction with museums, art specialists and cultural institutions. The event includes talks, launches, exhibitions and tours at various locations. Click to view participants and locations:

Other events:

  • Fotanian: Fo Tan’s industrial buildings opened up to the public in January but there are guided tours during Art Week. Admission by Basel private view VIP card, 10am-12:30pm Sat/Sun.
  • The Asia Society Gallery has a show entitled ‘Light Before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985’, showcasing influential Chinese contemporary artists who operated under the Cultural Revolution. Now until Sunday, September 1st. 9 Justice Dr., Admiralty; admission HK$30. English tours at 2:30pm Fri/Sat Sun or 7:30pm on Thurs.
  • Hong Kong Arts Centre, near the Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, has a one-day Open House from 10am-10pm on Saturday, May 25th. Free, enrolment required, guided tours.
  • Le French May continues throughout the month.
  • The Chapman Brothers are in town. Click here for a separate post about their exhibition.
  • The inflatable duck: Apparently there’s a big fuck-off duck in TST harbour.

A map by Hong Wrong of the week’s events…

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Previous coverage of HK’s art scene on the blog…

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