Art Basel in Asia
Our breakthrough 2016 edition – which placed the Hong Kong show squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene – offered a premier platform for showing works from across the globe. Underlining its commitment to the region, half of the participating galleries once again had exhibition spaces in Asia and Asia-Pacific. The show provided an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists.
During Art Basel in Hong Kong, we showcased the works by emerging generation of artists in Discoveries. Galleries exhibited new works created specifically for the show by up to two emerging contemporary artists from their gallery program.
Special film screening
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg (2016): The story of how a Swiss man became embroiled in the history of China after Mao’s death was part of Art Basel in Hong Kong’s Film sector. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary directed by Michael Schindhelm, reconstructs the adventures of entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg and his three decades in the country. The film includes interviews with Cao Fei, Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Rita Sigg, Lang Lang and Ai Weiwei.
In the words of curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, ‘immersion, wonder and unpredictability’ described this year’s selection of artworks in Encounters. From pictogram-painted protest banners condemning environmental destruction to the blending of scent with tapestries and chandeliers, Glass-Kantor gathered an expressive, intense body of large-scale sculptures and installation works by leading artists for visitors to explore.