Hong KongThe Show

March 29 – 31, 2018



The Galleries sector presents art from over 240 of the world's leading Modern and contemporary art galleries, displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.


Insights presents projects by galleries based in the Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and representing artists from the region – from Turkey to New Zealand, including Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Booths may include solo shows, exceptional art-historical material and thematic exhibitions.


Discoveries gives a powerful platform to emerging contemporary artists, showcasing work by the next generation of talent at an early stage in their career. Galleries exhibit exciting new work created specifically for the show by one or two artists from their gallery program.


Kabinett sector participants present curated exhibitions in an architecturally delineated space within their booths. The curatorial concepts for Kabinett sector diverse, including thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases, and solo shows for rising stars.


Dedicated to presenting large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world, Encounters provides visitors with the opportunity to see works that transcend the traditional art fair stands, presented in prominent locations throughout the exhibition halls. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor.


Curated by Li Zhenhua, Director and Founder of Beijing Art Lab, the Film sector presents an exciting program of short and feature-length films by and about artists. Watch the 2017 Art Basel Film Trailer.


Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth. Editors and publishers often attend the show and many magazines contribute presentations to Conversations, our series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the artworld.

Best of our 2017 show

Watch some of the most memorable moments from our 2017 show.


Art Basel hosts a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Conversations offers a platform for dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. The series include artist talks, panels, and discussions with a range of speakers including artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and many other cultural players. Conversations is programmed by Stephanie Bailey.

Special Project

Twenty-Five Minutes Older

Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng transformed two of the territory’s iconic trams into moving camera obscuras, offering a chance to see the city in reverse. Moving images of Hong Kong’s city life were accompanied by spoken extracts from Liu Yichang’s popular novella ‘Tête-bêche’.

Commissioned by Art Basel and supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, this beautiful traveling artwork traversed Hong Kong Island throughout the day. With special thanks to The Pawn, Hong Kong Tramways and Osage Art Foundation.

'Twenty-Five Minutes Older' ran from March 20-28, 2017 between Causeway Bay and Western Market, Sheung Wan.


Li Zhenhua


Since 1996, Li Zhenhua has been an active multi-media artist, curator and producer for international and Chinese contemporary culture. He is the founder and director of Beijing Art Lab, a virtual and physical platform for art, research, and exchange.

Alexie Glass-Kantor


Alexie Glass-Kantor is the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, which supports the commissioning of contemporary art, publishing initiatives and research residencies for artists and curators.

Stephanie Bailey


Stephanie Bailey is Senior Editor at Ibraaz, a contributing editor to Art Papers and LEAP, and a member of the Naked Punch Editorial Committee. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Stephanie writes regularly for Artforum International, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.