Asian Art Fairs

Art Fair: Taipei Dangdai 2019

Haegue Yang, Sol LeWitt Upside Down onto Wall – Cubic-Modular Wall Structure, Black, Expanded 11 Times, 2018, Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable, 305 x 304 x 104 cm. Image: Courtesy of Kukje Gallery, Seoul.

Taipei Dangdai is a new international art fair commencing 18tth January 2019. 

A joint venture between Single Market Events (Tim Etchell), ARTHQ / EVENTS Limited, Ramsay Fairs Limited and Angus Montgomery Limited, the Fair’s rationale is to celebrate the city’s unique and dynamic arts scene, while highlighting global creativity and the increasing importance of the wider art market in Asia.

Fair Director, Magnus Renfrew believes now is the right time to launch an international art fair in Taipei: “Galleries are increasingly taking Asia seriously, and are looking for more than one opportunity to engage with the region’s collectors each year. For a long time, galleries that show at Art Basel have also cited Taiwanese collectors as being the most instrumental in determining the success of their participation”. 

Renfrew’s vision reflects the tenor of the word “Dangdai”, meaning ‘now’ or ‘of the present moment’:  “I hope that the fair will, appropriately, be something of a ‘moment’ for Taipei — creating an opportunity to showcase its strengths to a much wider audience, while also providing collectors, buyers and local audiences with an opportunity to engage with leading galleries from Asia and around the world on their doorstep, and on their terms. There hasn’t really been a fair of this quality before, with such a strong exhibitor line-up.”

Presented by UBS, the event brings together a selection of the world’s leading galleries and artists alongside influential thinkers from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, art history and technology.

Art Basel Hong Kong, Report

The fifth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, which featured 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories, has ended on a high note. This year’s show included memorable moments such as:

  • Our Conversations and Salon series was well received, offering visitors over 25 engaging sessions including the Salon panel 'Taking Stock: An Art Market Report'. The discussion followed the release of The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, which covers all aspects of the international art market in 2016.
  • Kingsley Ng’s Twenty-Five Minutes Older, a moving installation in which two of Hong Kong’s iconic public trams were transformed into traveling works of art. The project was commissioned by Art Basel and supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture.
  • Another highlight was 'Virtual Frontiers: Artists Experimenting with Tilt Brush' presented by Art Basel and Google Arts & Culture, where visitors explored new virtual reality works created by artists: boychild, Cao Fei, Robin Rhode, Sun Xun, and Yang Yongliang. The works were produced using Google’s Tilt Brush - a 3D drawing and painting application.
  • Nonny de la Peña’s project, 'Passage: The Life of a Wall on Lin He Road', a new iteration of 'Safely Manoeuvring Across Lin He Road' by Lin Yilin, presented by Asia Art Archive, also proved very popular amongst visitors as well.

Journalists from across the world attended, writing overwhelmingly positive reviews.  Forbes stated that ‘since its inception five years ago, Art Basel in Hong Kong has transformed the city into one of Asia’s most important cultural hubs.’ In addition, The New York Times observed that '…in the five years since Art Basel first began in Hong Kong, it has become perhaps the most important annual event on the regional art calendar[…] When it comes to Asian art, Art Basel Hong Kong is the place to go[…]' Financial Times reported that ‘Dealers find an audience for more challenging work at the fifth edition of the fair [...] [Art Basel’s] growth maps the burgeoning engagement of the Asia Pacific region with international contemporary art.’

The five show days were attended by private collectors as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons from nearly 80 leading international museums and institutions across 20 countries, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Long Museum, Shanghai; MoMA PS1, New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery Singapore, Singapore; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; New Museum, New York; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Serpentine Galleries, London; Tate, London and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

With numerous gallery openings and an expanded program of parallel events, the Art Basel week continued to spotlight Hong Kong's vibrant arts and cultural scene.

(from “Art Basel Hong Kong” newsletter 4th April 2017)

Art Basel Hong Kong

The fifth edition of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong will commence on March 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai.
 
Bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe, Art Basel HK will present a total of 242 leading galleries from Asia, the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.
 
The fair comprises a number sectors: “Galleries”, the fair’s core sector showcases 20th and 21st century works, and also includes the “Insights” sector, the latter highlighting the curatorial projects, and the “Discoveries” sector featuring solo and 2-person projects. 
 
The “Encounters” sector is dedicated to large-scale sculptural installations and performances which punctuate the fair and is invariably a ‘feature’ of the fair, always attracting much attention and appreciation.
 
The “Kabinett” sector, previously only on show at Art Basel Miami Beach, will make its debut at this year’s ABHK, and features curated projects within selected gallery booths.
 
Complemented with a program of film, conversations and salons, (and a few parties!), Art Basel Hong Kong offers a stimulating week of all things art.
 
Beyond the fair, Hong Kong’s thriving arts scene is also on show throughout the week, with exhibitions, events and site-specific installations taking place across the city and beyond.