Hong KongThe Show

March 23 – 25, 2017



The Galleries sector presents art from 190 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.

Screenings take place on Monday, March 20, and from Thursday, March 23 to Saturday, March 25, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Registration for special screenings opens now on a first-come, first-served basis.

Watch Art Basel Film Trailer 2017.


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.

Conversations & Salon

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 programmed by Stephanie Bailey.

Special Project

Twenty-Five Minutes Older

Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng transforms 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 will be 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 will traverse Hong Kong Island throughout the day. With special thanks to The Pawn, Hong Kong Tramways and Osage Art Foundation.

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

Free public access. Due to overwhelming response to ticket reservation, additional tickets are available now on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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.