All posts tagged: Art Basel Hong Kong 2024

Tai Kwun Contemporary’s ‘Green Snake’ Exhibition Explores Indigeneity

Tai Kwun Contemporary’s ‘Green Snake’ Exhibition Explores Indigeneity

In Back to Mu Village‘s Fairy Big Lake (2023), a two-channel video installation by Chengdu-based artists Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun, a disembodied voice speaks over a rippling blue-gray lake, describing a Tibetan herder ritual meant to resolve illnesses and disasters caused by human environmental degradation. The lake in question has already fallen prey to these interventions: it is shrinking due to climate change. In the second channel, the herders meticulously enact the ritual against a lush grassy plain. “Its purpose,” the voice explains of the ritual, “is to establish a relationship between humans and other non-human beings, visible or invisible to us, that transcends the present time and space.” Related Articles That sentiment might as well be a mission statement for “Green Snake: Women-Centered Ecologies,” an exhibition at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Contemporary. Drawing together over 30 artists and collectives from 20 countries, the exhibition, on view until April 1, explores the deep connections between Indigenous communities and the natural world. While many of the cultures represented in these works live far apart, the …

1-54 Fair Gains a Foothold in Asia with Hong Kong Exhibition

1-54 Fair Gains a Foothold in Asia with Hong Kong Exhibition

In October, Touria El Glaoui, the founder of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, announced that the fair would hold its first outing in Asia. After a decade in business, 1-54, which stages editions in New York, London, and Marrakech, has been influential in centering the work of contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora—and creating a market for their work. And now, it has ventured into another part of the world. Consisting of consigned works from galleries in its network, the exhibition, titled “Coalescent Lights,” opened on Monday night at Christie’s headquarters in Hong Kong, a day before the VIP opening of Art Basel Hong Kong, the main draw in the city this week. On view until March 30 are 20 works on display by artists who are well established across the African continent like Omar Ba, Virginia Chihota, Sanaa Gateja, Abdoulaye Konaté, Ibrahim Mahama, Zanele Muholi, Moffat Takadiwa, amd Ouattara Watts. Related Articles The show’s organizer is Kami Gahiga, a Rwandan-born, London-based adviser who El Glaoui brought on to oversee 1-54’s relations with clients …

Art Basel’s Latest Collaboration Aims to Put Art in Service of Saving the Oceans

Art Basel’s Latest Collaboration Aims to Put Art in Service of Saving the Oceans

Protecting our oceans has been a concern of environmentalists for decades, and as climate change has only rapidly increased, that concern has become more urgent. Enter the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans. Its founder Cyrill Gutsch told ARTnews that he doesn’t want to sound “preachy,” but at times over a long conversation, he appears to have little room for alternatives. With wide-reaching partners from Dior, Adidas, and Stella McCartney to the UN and the World Bank, Parley for the Oceans has an ambitious remit to end the world’s dependence on plastic, and its latest collaboration, with the mega art fair company Art Basel, is just the latest in these no-small plans.  Related Articles Launched at Art Basel Miami Beach in December, the organization bills its new “Art for the Oceans” collaboration as a “global fundraising initiative to protect oceans, climate, and life against plastic pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss,” and it will play a role at Art Basel Hong Kong this week. Parley, as it is often called for short, entering the art …

K11 Art Foundation Awards Inaugural Artist Prize to Xin Liu 

K11 Art Foundation Awards Inaugural Artist Prize to Xin Liu 

Artist and engineer Xin Liu has been awarded the inaugural K11 Artist Prize, a yearly award given to emerging Asian artists by the K11 Art Foundation, which is run by ARTnews Top 200 collector Adrian Cheng. Liu’s work spans sculptures, digital art, and films. A curator at MIT’s Space Exploration Initiative with a background in engineerings, Liu is one among the cadre of artists who have recently created work dealing with space travel. Her virtual reality video Living Distance (2019), which was on view last summer at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works, features her own wisdom tooth, which she launched into space.  Related Articles “Xin is distinguished by an innovative, interdisciplinary practice deeply inspired by her Chinese identity and heritage,” Alia Al-Senussi, chair of the K11 Art Foundation International Council, said in a statement. “Born and raised in Xinjiang, and now based in New York, her work explores and celebrates the perspectives of different contexts and worlds, serving as an important bridge between cultures and communities.” While the prize comes with no monetary purse, winners will be offered mentorship by the council’s …

Ahead of Art Basel Hong Kong, Major Local Players Are Optimistic

Ahead of Art Basel Hong Kong, Major Local Players Are Optimistic

Last Tuesday, Hong Kong lawmakers passed an overarching national security legislation, widely known as Article 23, through a unanimous vote that augments the existing national security law imposed in June 2020, passed despite intense domestic protests, the pandemic, and its ensuing travel restrictions. The new law’s provisions, which critics have labeled as “incredibly vague,” allow authorities to detain and punish anyone found to possess “intent” to endanger national security, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Nonetheless, ahead of the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong this coming week, the city’s art market and its increasingly mature web of art infrastructure seem undeterred thus far, with a renewed frenetic pace of expansions, programming, and international engagement, since last year, even amid signs of China’s economic slowdown.  Related Articles “Despite reports of China’s economic woes, the art market in Hong Kong appears resilient and even thriving,” ABHK director Angelle Siyang-Le, who will be helming her first edition of the fair this year, told ARTnews. “Hong Kong as a city has a long-established and reliable infrastructure, a …

A Q&A With Art Basel Hong Kong Director Angelle Siyang-Le

A Q&A With Art Basel Hong Kong Director Angelle Siyang-Le

With Covid travel restrictions finally over, 2024 is a big year for Art Basel Hong Kong as the fair has now returned to its pre-pandemic peak of 242 exhibiting galleries. That figure, according to director Angelle Siyang-Le, puts the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the fair opens Tuesday, at full capacity. There’s no getting bigger from here. And yet, the fair keeps finding way to expand, with a series of public programs that extend it far into the city. There’s a program of film screenings, roundtable conversations, an off-site installation, a sector of the exhibition that is free and open to the public, and screenings of the site-specific “architectural film” Sparrow on the Sea, by artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong, onto the M+ museum’s LED facade. Related Articles “We’re building a dialogue between the convention center and the city. Visitors will experience Hong Kong as a cultural hub. It’s not only just a fair anymore,” Siyang-Le told ARTnews in an interview Friday. ARTnews spoke with Siyang-Le to discuss the state of Hong Kong’s culture scene …