Amy Lo, Head and Chief Executive UBS Hong Kong, gives her highlights of the large-scale installations at the fair, while Adeline Ooi, Asia Director, Art Basel, gives a flash tour of the Discoveries Sector
Across Hong Kong and online, there were opportunities to discover art - from large-scale installations to thought-provoking dialogues and exhibitions.
The 2022 edition of the Hong Kong show, Lead Partner UBS, presented in a hybrid format, showcased 130 leading galleries from 28 countries and territories, with presentations across Galleries, Insights, and Discoveries. Art Basel Hong Kong is a time to connect and be inspired by art in its many forms.
Some of the show floor highlights included six large-scale installations, including Ming Fay’s larger-than-life fruit and vegetable sculptures inviting us to explore our relationship with nature, alongside Movana Chen’s 'Magazine Clothes' made from recycling consumer commodities into new forms of expressions.
Also on view, Bingyi’s 'Emei Mountain' is the most recent in a series of land and weather works created at sacred mountain sites in China that register the effects of wind, sun, humidity, air pressure, and terrain with ink and water on bespoke xuan paper.
Co-commissioned by Art Basel and M+, and supported by UBS, Hong Kong-based moving image pioneer Ellen Pau created a new, site-specific moving image work for the M+ façade until 19 June 'The Shape of Light' explores the possibilities of the immaterial and the material, transforming light into digital objects.
Natural phenomena like fire, water, and light are rendered in awe-inspiring computer-generated animation. The Heart Sutra,’ expressed through sign language, the ritualistic video meditates on the concept ‘form is emptiness, emptiness is form’.
Hong Kong’s iconic tram system was also illuminated with art for the occasion with the Artist Tram Project inviting local artists Cherie Cheuk Ka-wai, and Stephen Wong Chun-hei to project their works on the trams exteriors. Like moving canvases meandering along the island, the three trams capture the artists’ vivid imaginations and experiences of the city’s landscapes and everyday scenes, engaging with the public and the artists’ own memories of Hong Kong run in the city until 12 June. Commissioned by Art Basel and co-presented by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
In conjunction with the show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Art Basel Live returned this year with ‘OVR: Hong Kong’, exclusive video content, virtual tours, walk-throughs and a dynamic online conversation series, which included a panel discussion, The Art Market 2022: Asia-Pacific Focus, exploring the findings from the latest report. The Replay video is also available here