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With half of the participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific, our show in Hong Kong not only provides a portal to the region's artists, but also offers galleries from around the world a platform for bringing their highest quality work to Asia. 

A 21st century metropolis, Hong Kong ranks among the world's most dynamic international capitals. During Art Basel, collaborations with local and international partners ensure a diverse range of arts programming, with hundreds of cultural events hosted across the city throughout the week.

What to expect

What to expect

From emerging talents to the Modern masters of both Asia and the West, Art Basel in Hong Kong traces twelve decades of 20th and 21st century art. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works of the highest quality are exhibited, representing more than 3,000 artists from around the globe. Through a program of discussions and presentations, the show also offers a platform for cross-cultural exchanges among artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and visitors.



The Galleries sector presents art from 187 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Dedicated to films by and about artists. Alongside the selection of short films, this year's sector also includes for the first time five feature-length films, creating a complete program of 72 works by 64 artists, representation by 42 galleries, exploring six diverse themes. Curated by Li Zhenhua.

Screenings take place from Monday, March 21 to Saturday, March 26, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Click here to watch the trailer.

See the 2016 Film artists


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

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Li Zhenhua


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.


Art Basel's stimulating program of Conversations and Salon talks allow audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international artworld, and the art market.

The daily Conversations series offers the audience access to the thinking of important artworld players –artists, curators, critics and collectors – who offer their unique perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art.

Salon is an open platform for dozens of short, often informal presentations, such as artist talks, panels, lectures and performances with a range of speakers representing many different aspects of the artworld.

Conversations & Salon is curated by Stephanie Bailey.


See more talks

View a selection of videos. For all videos from our series of talks, please see the Art Basel channel on YouTube.

Crowdfunding Lab

Discover the projects

The Crowdfunding Lab in Hong Kong presents “Acentered: Reterritorized Network of European and Chinese Moving Image,” a video art showcase from Videotage, a cutting-edge Hong Kong media art organization. Discussions hosted by Videotage feature local and international artists, curators, educators and arts professionals on topics such as the art startup, art in the YouTube generation and the future of curatorial practices.

Designed specifically for non-profit visual arts organizations, the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative offers visibility and support for a wide variety of artistic projects, selected by an independent jury. 

Future dates

  • 2017

    March 23 – 25

  • 2018

    To be announced

  • 2019

    To be announced

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