Since ART HK’s launch seven years ago, Hong Kong has firmly cemented itself as Asia’s art hub. Hong Kong now has the third largest auction market after New York and London. World-class international galleries are members of the 51-strong Hong Kong Gallery Association, having opened exhibition spaces in Hong Kong to take advantage of the growing Asian interest. The rapid development of the M+ museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, and the launch of Art Basel in 2013 are changing Hong Kong’s landscape.
The addition of Art Central to Hong Kong’s art scene is testament to this. The fair will feature over 75 leading international galleries and will be staged in the largest ever specially commissioned, purpose-built structure to have ever been erected in Hong Kong. Located on the new Central Harbourfront, the fair very is conveniently located less than 2km from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Art Basel takes place.
Launched by the founders of ART HK, Art Central debuts 14-16 March 2015 to coincide with Art Basel’s Hong Kong edition.
The fair will be divided in two sectors: Central, which will present established and emerging galleries from Asia and beyond exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes and Rise that will showcase tightly curated solo or dual exhibitions by galleries and non-traditional art spaces who celebrate new ways of experiencing art.
Asia Society Hong Kong Center will present a series of talks and panel discussions, to be held each day of the fair, which will inspire and engage fair visitors in an open dialogue about artistic and curatorial practices in Asia and beyond. In particular, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center will lead an exciting panel discussion on ink featuring a stimulating discourse on both traditional and contemporary practices.