March is the art month in Hong Kong and Art Basel raises the curtain of the peak week where all the magic happens. With the launch of H Queen’s and the inauguration of international galleries’ Asia outposts, on top of the ever-expanding art scene, a busy week is guaranteed. How to plan your week-long stay and how to maximize the your time? That’s a million-dollar question.
We don’t have the answer for you. Bad news. But the good news is that we did the hard job for you to save you sweat. Here you are, the Hong Kong Art Week Guide!
TEXT: CoBo Editorial Force
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Don’t worry if you find all the openings and previews happening in the evening. You can start your day fresh with M+ Pavillon in West Kowloon Cultural District which opens at 11:00 AM. It will showcase the Hong Kong edition of the exhibition Songs for Disaster Relief conceived by Samson Young for the Venice Biennale 2017. Then you can return to Central to visit Philips’ inaugural selling exhibition and Christie’s FIRST OPEN exhibition. They are both on Chater Road, which is 7 mins walking distance from the H Queen’s building on Queen’s Road.
At H Queen’s, the newly-launched centre of galleries, you can attend some of the blue chip galleries’ VIP preview starting from 6PM. But do watch your time and set off to the Pedder building for a broader picture of the art scene in Hong Kong. After leaving the H Queen’s, turn right and it’s just another 5-mins walk. You will see exhibitions presented by another 6 galleries in the Pedder building.
After you leave Pedder Building, turn left and cross Des Voeux Road Central. Turn left again and you will find Edouard Malingue Gallery on the sixth floor of 33 Des Voeux Road Central. Last but not least, White Cube and Perrotin are the galleries you don’t want to miss. They are presenting Antony Gormley and KAWS. You may also want to go to the harbour side to check out the new exhibition of George Condo at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
Pedder Building (12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong) Massimo De Carlo – Doug Aitken 6 to 8 PM
Gagosian – Jennifer Guidi – Heliocentric6 – 8 PM Lehmann Maupin – OSGEMEOS – Déjà Vu 6 – 8 PM Simon Lee Gallery – Jim Shaw 6 – 8 PM PACE Gallery – Loie Hollowell – Switchback4 – 7 PM Pearl Lam Galleries – Huang Yuanqing 2 – 9 PM Ben Brown Fine Arts – Gert and Uwe Tobias 6 to 8 PM
We believe you must be occupied for the whole afternoon. If you still have time after the fair, you can take a walk along the Wanchai Harbourfront towards Central to see the Harbour Art Sculpture Park curated by Fumio Nanjo and Tim Marlow. It is the first international sculpture park in Hong Kong. When you reach Central, you can catch the opening reception of Emerald City by K11 Foundation at chi art space first, and move to the Cosco Tower in Sheung Wan to check out another part of the exhibition.
Wanchai Art Basel Private View (by invitation only) 2 – 8 pm Wan Chai and Central Harbourfront – Curated by Fumio Nanjo and Tim Marlow – Harbour Art Sculpture Park
Central Chi art space – K11 Art Foundation artists – Emerald City5:30 – 8PM Cosco Tower – K11 Art Foundation artists – Emerald City5:30 – 8PM
You may be aware that some galleries have their openings and previews before 26th March. International visitors may have missed the openings for some of these shows. Today would be a perfect day to fill in the gaps. Let’s hit the road in Quarry Bay, with Notating Beauty That Moves curated by Samson Young and Yang Yeung in Artistree; you can then visit A Beast, a God, and a Line in Parasite, one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. Don’t forget the rest of the galleries in Central, SOHO and Sheung Wan.
The biannual South Island Art Day attracts international collectors, curators and local enthusiasts as part of the Art Basel VIP program every March. You can first visit Rossi & Rossi, Peking Fine Arts, Blindspot and De Sarthe which are all in Wong Chuk Hang and end your south island tour at Gallery EXIT in Aberdeen. At night, the restaurant Duddell’s will also present their show I Was Not Invited at 9:00 PM and live performance by the artist at 10 PM. For sure Leila welcomes every guest, but make sure you RSVP before you go!