(Hong Kong, China)
For about 30 years, Art Basel was associated with one place and one place only: the city of Basel, a city in northwestern Switzerland. The scenario first changed in 2002, with the launching of Art Basel Miami Beach, greatly successful in its endeavor to showcase the best of North and Latin American art. In 2013, it was time for Hong Kong to get its very own Art Basel. The fair, which starts next week, reaches its fifth edition in the island featuring a total of 242 participating galleries, six of whom are Brazilian.
Most of the galleries from Brazil—namely, Nara Roesler, Bergamin & Gomide, Casa Triângulo, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel and Mendes Woods DM—participate in the main section of Art Basel Hong Kong. The newcomer Athena Contemporânea, from Rio de Janeiro, is the exception, presenting pieces by Vanderlei Lopes (PIPA Prize nominee in 2012, 2014 and 2016) in the “Discoveries” sector of the fair. Dedicated to showcase commissioned works by emerging contemporary artists, “Discoveries” also features another Brazilian up-and-coming artist, Ana Prata, represented by Londoner gallery Pippy Houldsworth. Ana is one of the 35 artists who have been nominated for PIPA Prize for the first time this year.
The Brazilian participation is complete with the presence of Yuri Firmeza, four-times PIPA Prize nominee, and Frederico Benevides, who partnered up to produce Entretempos. The almost 8-minutes long movie will be screened on Friday, March 24th, as part of the “Anthropocene” short film programme, which explores the myriad ways in which humans have affected and continue to affect the environment.
Art Basel Hong Kong begins its Private View, by invitation only, on Tuesday, March 21st, and opens for the general public on Thursday, March 23rd.
See some of the works by Vanderlei Lopes which will be on view in the Athena Contemporânea booth (1C49, Discoveries Sector):
Art Basel Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road (Convention & Exhibition Centre) – Wan Chai
Private View (by invitation only): Tuesday, March 21st, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Wedsneday, March 22nd, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Vernissage: Wednesday, March 22nd, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Public Days: Thursday, March 23rd, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, March 24th, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 25th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.