5 Asian Galleries To Visit At Art Basel 2018
June 12, 2018 | BY Oliver Giles
It might feel like Art Basel in Hong Kong has only just finished, but it’s already time for Art Basel’s fair in its Swiss hometown. One of the largest art fairs in the world, this year’s Art Basel features 290 galleries and is expected to attract more than 90,000 visitors. Among all the big-name galleries from Europe and the USA, a handful of leading Asian galleries—including one from Hong Kong—are participating in this year’s fair. Here, we round-up five you should make a beeline for.
Hanart TZ, Hong Kong
The only homegrown Hong Kong gallery taking part in this year’s Art Basel, Hanart TZ is presenting an exhibition titled West Heavens: Nilima Sheikh and Qiu Zhijie that explores the cultural dialogue between China and India. The show’s title comes from Ancient Chinese Buddhist texts, which often referred to India as “West Heavens”.
Take Ninagawa, Tokyo
A small sculpture of an alien-like figure by Izumi Kato is one of the highlights of Take Ninagawa’s Art Basel booth, which also features paintings by Shinro Ohtake, Danh Vo and more. Larger sculptures by Kato—many of them also depicting eerie characters—are currently dotted around Hong Kong’s new Tai Kwun development.
ShanghART Gallery, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore
If you’re looking for works by leading Chinese artists, head to ShanghART Gallery’s booth, where you’ll find pieces by Yang Fudong, Zhang Enli, Ding Yi and more. ShanghART, one of the leading galleries from Mainland China, is also showing works by a handful of non-Chinese artists, including pieces by leading Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Long March Space, Beijing
Long March Space has a booth in the Galleries sector but is also taking part in the Unlimited sector, which features large works that can't fit in a conventional booth space. In the Unlimited sector, Long March Space is presenting a huge, 5-metre by 9-metre painting by Chinese painter Yu Hong. Titled Old Man Yu Gong Is Still Moving Away Mountains, the painting depicts a surrealist mixture of modern-day characters (some of them clutching mobile phones) in a traditional Chinese mural painting.
STPI is a non-profit printmaking workshop in Singapore that pairs world-famous artists with its expert team of printmakers to create new, boundary-breaking works on paper. At Art Basel, STPI is showing recent works by American artist Pae White, Vietnamese photographer Dinh Q. Lê and Singaporean painter Jane Lee—all of which were made at STPI.
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