Art Basel is finally returning to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with a reported leading 104 galleries represented from all over the world.
Art Basel Hong Kong will engage in a hybrid format this year, with the aim of bringing art pieces from the 104 galleries together on Basel's digital and physical platforms for the entire 2021 edition. However, due to continuing COVID-19 pandemic constraints, only 56 galleries have committed to physical face-to-face booths at the art fair.
These galleries, however, have now opted for Art Basel's satellite approach these days, where each of them will be staffed by a delegate chosen by Basel themselves as they are unable to attend physically. Having representatives at each remote location is the best that can be done for the time being since many foreign art collectors are unable to visit the galleries due to travel restrictions.
A new program called "Art Basel Live: Hong Kong" has also been launched, which will broadcast the entire show to a global audience. This digital broadcast project will include select online viewing rooms and programs such as interactive walkthroughs, allowing the art fair to display a wide selection of art pieces from Asia and beyond.
The ninth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong is set to feature a massive lineup of prestigious galleries showcasing the finest art pieces from Hong Kong and worldwide. Adeline Ooi, Asia Director of Art Basel Hong Kong, said, "It has been truly inspiring to see the ways in which the art world has been adapting to the current circumstances." We are extremely grateful to our participating galleries for their dedication to our show in Hong Kong this year."
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