Art Basel Hong Kong draws international visitors eager to reconnect with the city, and collectors with money to spend
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As Art Basel Hong Kong wrapped up its eighth edition, the international art fair has demonstrated a remarkable resilience in an increasingly unpredictable world.
The fair, which ran from March 29 to April 1, drew thousands of art lovers from around the world, eager to reconnect with the city, and collectors with money to spend.
The event was a major success for the city, with a total of HK$2.09 billion (US$267 million) in sales across the four-day period. The sales figure marked a new record for the fair, showing a healthy demand for art in the city.
The fair was divided into two sections, ‘Galleries’ and ‘Insights’, which showcased galleries, museums and institutions from around the world. The ‘Galleries’ section featured the work of more than 200 galleries from 32 countries, while the ‘Insights’ section highlighted works from more than 30 institutions and non-profit organisations.
The fair also featured a number of exciting events, including talks, film screenings, and performances, as well as a range of special projects from renowned international artists.
The highlight of the fair was the ‘Artist of the Day’ series, which invited leading international artists to share their work with the public. This year’s edition included names such as Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst, and Ai Weiwei.
Art Basel Hong Kong was also a great opportunity for the city’s art scene to reach out to a global audience. The fair has grown in stature and reach since its inception in 2013, and is now seen as one of the most important events on the international art calendar.
Overall, Art Basel Hong Kong has proven to be a major success, and one that has brought the city’s art scene to the attention of an international audience. With increasing numbers of visitors each year, the event has now firmly established itself as a must-visit destination for art lovers around the world.