Everything you need to know about Art Basel Live: Hong Kong
By Oliver Giles
April 30, 2021
Art fair launches new digital platform to complement its in-person show
Ongoing travel restrictions mean that many art collectors, curators and critics around the world won’t be able to make it to Art Basel Hong Kong next month, so Art Basel is trying to take them to the fair.
The show announced a new digital initiative, Art Basel Live: Hong Kong, to complement its in-person event, which will be held May 19-23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC).
Art Basel Live: Hong Kong will offer virtual tours and live presentations of the event, as well as a daily HKCEC broadcast featuring highlights from the fair and news on other cultural events taking place in the city. The show will be hosted at 8 p.m. HKT from Sunday, May 16 through Sunday, May 23.
Art Basel Live: Hong Kong will also feature online viewing rooms from all participating galleries, giving exhibitors a chance to promote their stands to a global audience.
More than 100 galleries from around the world are participating in this event, which is the first major event organized by Art Basel since the start of the pandemic.
“As we prepare to host our first physical fair since 2019, we are excited to launch a parallel digital program that brings the excitement and vibrancy of the show in person to audiences around the world,” said Marc Spiegler, world director of Art Basel. “Art Basel Live is an important step forward in building our online viewing rooms, which we launched in early 2020, adding a rich digital layer to the physical experience of exhibiting and viewing the art of the whole world.
Adeline Ooi, Asia Director of Art Basel, adds: “We are delighted to be able to stage our show in Hong Kong this year, not only here at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center but also via a digital platform that will allow an audience global to participate. Art Basel Live: Hong Kong will allow us to present the exceptional presentations of our galleries and the exciting cultural offerings of Hong Kong to our global network of collectors and patrons. ”