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Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 08:59

Art Basel 2015’s six sector show set to attract 65,000

By Timothy Chui in Hong Kong
Art Basel 2015’s six sector show set to attract 65,000
A visitor views artwork during last year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong. This year’s Art Basel show opens on Friday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)

The style and money fueling an increasingly global art scene will be on display in Hong Kong this Friday.

More than 65,000 people, including some of the world’s most famous collectors, will meet to view the six sector show at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

The third iteration of Art Basel Hong Kong is sponsored by private bank UBS, luxury tobacco goods purveyor Davidoff, Swiss watch maker Audemars Piguet and private jet management firm EJM. The international art show will bring together 233 galleries from 37 countries for five days until next Tuesday.

The latest edition of the world’s biggest art fair franchise runs alongside dozens of satellite events. This includes a new fair set up by the organizers of ArtHK, acquired by Art Basel in 2012, and transformed into the city’s biggest art event.

As part of Art Basel Hong Kong’s offering, Audemars Piguet’s indoor lounge will be lined with moss walls designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, in a presentation of the seasons.

Guangzhou native Cao Fei dominates the International Commerce Centre with a sound and light show over 1,000 meters tall portraying the progenitors of video gaming, Pac Man and Tetris.

These memorable old games helped propel this form of interactive entertainment into a global industry worth over HK$196 billion. Business is eager to capitalize on environment encouraged by Art Basel Hong Kong.

Charles Ross and his team are returning to the city after a three-year hiatus. This was after they sold ArtHK to Art Basel to host their latest event at the Central Waterfront.

Ross is adamant that he hasn’t launched his fair in competition with his previous venture. He said there was plenty of room in the market.


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