Art Basel has announced the ending of its first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, with participating galleries reporting strong sales across all five days, and the show drawing high praise for its quality. Attended by over 60,000 people, the show was visited by directors, curators, trustees and patrons from museums and institutions. The included: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Asia Society, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dallas Museum of Art; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; MoCA Miami; M+, Hong Kong; OCAT, Shenzhen, Beijing; The Royal Academy, London; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Tate, London; Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; White Rabbit Collection, Sydney; and the Yellow River Arts Centre, Yinchuan.
The lead partner for Art Basel's first edition in Hong Kong was Deutsche Bank.
A roster of galleries launched Art Basel's first edition in Hong Kong, with 245 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories, bringing together a combination of works from the East and the West. With over 50% of galleries having exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, Art Basel underlined its commitment to the region. Sales were solid across all sectors, and galleries reported meeting many new collectors from the region and the West. Over 3,000 artists were showcased, with a strong representation of Modern material, alongside presentations of emerging artists and a selection of younger galleries. Visitors explored 12 decades of art history across the four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters.
The show was accompanied by strong programming, with the Asian launch of Art Basel's talks programs, Conversations and Salon. Additionally, collaborations with local and international partners were included, with over 150 cultural events hosted across the city throughout the week.